Craig Police Department warns of new scam

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— 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.

Comments

Becky Plummer 2 weeks, 3 days ago

So, read the headline then read the last sentence in the article.. Done ? So which is it?

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Jason McMillan 1 week, 2 days ago

Becky. Please actually read the article before you post comments.

First line- "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."

Last line-"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."

The police dept is doing their job and being proactive by making everyone aware that there is a new scam being reported across the country.

The article is entirely "common sense."

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