Health Department Warns Residents About Phone Scam

Sep 1, 2017

There’s a new scam prompting Ohioans to give personal information, thinking they are providing it to the state health department. But that’s not the case. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.


Melanie Amato with the Ohio Department of Health says the scammers are using caller ID-spoofing technology to make calls appear to be from legitimate health departments.

“They’re asking for account numbers, social security numbers, a mother's maiden name, passwords or any other identifying information.”

Amato warns people to never to share that type of personal information over the phone and to report any of these scam calls to her agency. She says more than a hundred people have phoned in recently to report they’ve received the calls.