(Adrian, MI) The Lenawee County Health Department (LCHD) has received information that scammers are making phone calls using the health department’s phone number. In some cases, they pretend to be from Medicare, in other cases, they call and don’t say anything. These calls are not coming from the health department.
The scammers are using a technique called “caller ID spoofing”. They falsify information transmitted to your caller ID to hide their identity. They tend to use a local number or a number from a trusted business, to increase the likelihood that you’ll answer the phone. In this case, they are using LCHDs phone numbers (517-264-5226 or 517-264-5202). The Health Department’s number shows up on your caller ID, but it’s really a scammer on the line.
If you receive one of these calls, simply hang up. If you get a message on your answering machine, do not return the call. And most importantly, never give out personal information over the phone, such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, your mother’s maiden name or passwords to an unsolicited caller or if you are at all suspicious.
Undersheriff Jeff Ewald states that anyone who questions the validity of a phone call, may call the Sheriff’s Department at 517-263-0524, press “0” and ask to speak with an officer.
Those who wish to file a complaint can do so by visiting the Michigan Attorney General Consumer Protection Division website https://tinyurl.com/MIAGComplaint, and clicking on “Report Illegal Robocalls”.
*Information in this article is courtesy of a Lenawee County Health Department press release”
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