Thursday, August 15, 2019

Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts Warns Professionals to Beware of Phone Scam

 


As a practitioner licensed in the state of Missouri, I received the following communication from the Missouri Dental Association.  If this type of scam is happening here, chances are it is happening elsewhere and I thought it would be a good idea to share this as a blog post.  To be forewarned is to be forearmed.  My office has been the subject of at least 2 scams lately which we did not fall for simply because we try and be aware of these types of things and try to act accordingly.  However, the scammers figure if they flood enough of the potential targets, they will eventually be successful.  Remember to always check these types of things carefully.  Often times scammers count on a “surprise attack” that catches the subject off guard and they act *before* they think logically about it.  That’s how the scammers get away with these types of things.


This message was received by the MDA and is being sent as a courtesy to alert members.
Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts Warns Professionals to Beware of Phone ScamJefferson City, MO - The Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts (Missouri Board) has received several reports of phone scammers using the Missouri Board’s office phone number to make scam calls to licensed professionals.

The Missouri Board says licensed professionals are reporting the scam involves a telephone call during which the phone scammer identifies themselves as being from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and is working with the “State Medical Board,” which is not the official name of the Missouri Board responsible for licensure. The phone scammer requests identifying information from the licensed professional, such as: license numbers, DEA numbers, or other personal identifying information. The phone scammers have also threatened that if the Licensee does not comply with the demand for information, the Board will take action against their license. Please understand the Missouri Board typically sends written correspondence to their Licensees prior to any personal contact.

Licensees are advised not to share any identifying information on the phone. They are encouraged to report calls they receive and believe to be a scam by calling the Board office at 573-751-0106 or by email at legal@pr.mo.gov.

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration
The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department's seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

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