Michigan attorney general warns of scammers posing as health department

Posted at 3:00 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 15:00:08-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning residents that scammers are pretending to be from a health department to get people's personal information.

Scammers are "spoofing" the phone numbers of "at least one local public health department" to call residents to offer medication, according to the attorney general's office today.

In the process, they ask for residents' Medicaid and Medicare numbers for billing purposes.

The caller may "sound professional and be very persuasive."

The actual health department is then hit with incoming calls that jam up phone lines and delay "official business in responding to the coronavirus."

The scam has reportedly been focused on the Ionia County Health Department.

“Scammers will not hesitate to gain access to your private information, and false promises of medications will not be fulfilled,” Nessel said.

"Never provide any personal information over the phone unless you have first independently confirmed who you are talking to.”