Scam Alert — Fraudulent medical equipment phone calls target local residents

By Peninsula Daily News staff

CLALLAM COUNTY SHERIFF'S Sheriff's Office has issued an alert about a new scam in which a telephone caller claims to be from Olympic Medical Center and tries to sell Lifeline subscriptions and new equipment.

The phone calls are not authorized by OMC, Olympic Memorial Hospital or Olympic Medical Home Health and are not legitimate, the sheriff's office said.

After scam calls were reported to OMC, hospital personnel contacted authorities, Bobby Beeman OMC communications director, said Friday.

“We sent out a notification to our Lifeline patients,” she said. “They were not specially targeted, but they may feel like they were.

“We wanted them to know that it wasn't us. It was a scam and they should just hang up.".

That echoes the advice from the sheriff's department.

“Never give out your personal information over the phone and if you receive an unsolicited offer or request for your information over the phone, immediately hang up,” the alert said.

For more information on scams and how to protect yourself, visit the Federal Trade Commission's website at www.consumer.ftc.gov.

SEE RELATED STORY in Peninsula Daily News of May 16:
"On scams, census data and life planning — don't be a victim": http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20130516/NEWS/130519961

Last modified: May 19. 2013 12:22AM
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