Recently, several states have been made aware of possible scams directed at licensees. I urge you to be alert for new scams targeting healthcare professionals.
Several nurses in New Jersey have reported receiving calls from what appears to be the Board of Nursing’s phone number. The caller posed as an employee and informed the licensee of an alleged suspension due to illegal trafficking. The person tried to have the nurse give them personal information to reinstate her license. In another instance, another nurse was asked to electronically wire thousands of dollars to avoid suspension of her practicing credentials.
Phishing scams aim to steal your identity by obtaining personal information, such as social security or financial account numbers. Some fraudsters will attempt to steal a large amount of money by having you send a pre-paid gift card. Many of them will appear to be official in their correspondence. They work very hard to deceive even the most cautious of us.
Remember, the Board of Nursing will not call to inform you of any action on your license. They will notify you by certified mail. If you ever have any doubt, hang up and instead call a number listed on their website to ask if the call was legitimate.
We as nurses worked hard to obtain our nursing licenses, don’t let a scam take it away.
Health insurance scams can come in a variety of forms, from fake health insurance plans to Medicare card renewal fees. If a sales person tries to pressure you to make a quick decision, it’s probably a scam. It’s important to do your research before enrolling in a new plan or product
The Baltimore office of the FBI is warning people in the healthcare industry of widespread, ongoing fraud in which scammers impersonate law enforcement or government officials to extort money or steal personal information from doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
After all, medical records can fetch a much higher price on the dark web than other personal data — by as much as 20 to 50 times. With these compromised credentials, identity thieves can use a victim’s data to acquire medical treatment, receive elective surgery, and even fill prescriptions.
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