HHS OIG Issues Fraud Alert - Telephone Number Used in Scam

PUBLISHED: Mar 3, 2017
Source: Office of Inspector General

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently confirmed that the HHS OIG Hotline telephone number is being used as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country. These scammers represent themselves as HHS OIG Hotline employees and can alter the appearance of the caller ID to make it seem as if the call is coming from the HHS OIG Hotline 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477).

The perpetrator may use various tactics to obtain or verify the victim’s personal information, which can then be used to steal money from an individual’s bank account or for other fraudulent activity. HHS OIG takes this matter seriously. We are actively investigating this matter and intend to have the perpetrators prosecuted.

It is important to know that HHS OIG will not use the HHS OIG Hotline telephone number to make outgoing calls and individuals should not answer calls from 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477).

HHS OIG reminds individuals that they should not provide any personal information to unknown individuals, including any of the following information:

  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Credit card information
  • Drivers license information
  • Bank account information
  • Mother maiden name

Do not verify your name or any personal information – be extremely cautious.

Anyone who feels they are a victim of the telephone spoofing scam should contact the HHS OIG Hotline or follow a compliant with the Federal Trade Commission.

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