Officials warn of scammers posing as public health workers

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LANSING (WJRT) (3/7/2019) - Scammers are posing as public health officials while trying to steal personal identification, two state officials warn.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon say reports of the scam have come from all over the state.

The Central Michigan, Chippewa, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Midland, Mid-Michigan, Ottawa and Washtenaw health departments have heard from residents about the fraudulent calls.

“Scammers use every tool they have to take advantage of anyone they can,” Nessel said. “It’s important residents remember they should never give personal and confidential information to unsolicited callers. Simply hang up and report the call to our office.”

She said the callers claim to be from the local health department or Medicare and disguise their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as a local health office.

Nessel advises anyone who gets a call should hang up immediately and avoid giving out any personal information.

“Local public health and Medicaid officials will not call you and request account information, Social Security numbers or passwords over the phone,” said Gordon. “If you receive one of these calls, we urge you to hang up.”

Anyone who wants to make a report about scam calls can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-765-8388.



 
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