Friday March 19, 2021
Our office has received reports of fraudulent phone calls and letters that may be sent to healthcare professionals with various medical licenses. Fraudsters contact people with licenses and can claim that their license was stolen and used in criminal activity that is being investigated by the FBI or other law enforcement agencies. Scammers will claim the license will be suspended unless the person can pay a deposit to restore their license. Sometimes these calls can be accompanied by letters on what appears to be legitimate letterhead and signed by representatives of the bogus licensing committee.
When you receive these calls or letters, do the following:
- Don’t trust a phone call or letter from someone you don’t know. License information can often be easily found online and scammers use it to create the impression that it is legitimate authorities.
- Never give out personal or financial information unless you have confirmed that you are speaking to the right person.
- If you want to determine if a message is believable or if you have concerns about changes in license status, independently find your license committee contact information and contact them directly.
If you think you or someone you know may have been the victim of one of these fraudulent calls or letters, hang up and don’t answer. You should report the incident to your licensing authority so that they are aware of the fraudulent activity and report it to our consumer protection department at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
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