Craig Craig Police Department is warning local residents of a new scam in which scammers call posing as representatives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
The scam makes the call appear as if it is coming from the HHS OIG Hotline telephone number, 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477), on caller ID. 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, according to a press release from HHS OIG.
HHS OIG does not use its hotline number to make outgoing calls and individuals should not answer the calls nor give out personal information.
The HHS OIG Hotline is still safe to call to report fraud, the release said. Those who believe they’ve been victims of the scam should also report that information through the hotline.
Craig Police Department has not yet heard reports of this scam affecting Craig residents, but asks that they remain vigilant to this and all possible scam attempts.