TORONTO, April 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF)
and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) are alerting the public
about a fraudulent telemarketing company that is purporting to sell
automated external defibrillators (AEDs), medical bracelets and/or
medical emergency monitoring systems, while claiming to be "endorsed"
by the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.
Neither HSF nor CDA are affiliated with this company or use
telemarketing companies to sell products.
The charities have alerted police and Phone Busters about the reported
incidents and encourage all people receiving phone calls to do the
same. The calls are originating from Canada and the United States and
are asking people to purchase items using their credit cards. The
fraudulent sellers are calling themselves Senior Safety Alert, Senior
Emergency Care or Senior Safe Alert. More information can be found at http://scam-detector.com/telephone-scams/senior-emergency-care
HSF and CDA ask the public to call Phone Busters (1-888-495-8501) if
they receive a call from any of the companies named above. The Heart
and Stroke Foundation head office in Ontario can be reached at
416-489-7111 or toll-free at 1-888-473-4636. The Canadian Diabetes
Association's national office can be reached at 416-363-3373 or
toll-free at 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).
If you are unsure about the validity of a fundraiser, please contact
HSF, CDA or your local police department prior to making a donation.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Diabetes Association
rely on the generosity of Canadian donors and extend their thanks to
all those who support their missions.
SOURCE: Heart and Stroke Foundation
For further information:
Sr. Manager, Public Relations
Communications Manager, Ontario
Canadian Diabetes Association
T: (416) 407-2177