Phishing Scam Alert10/29/2019
The MN Board of Chiropractic Examiners has shared information with us regarding a Phishing Scam that has been occurring in their state. We are not aware of any incidences occurring in ND but felt it important to pass along the information to all of you. Below is the information from Minnesota:
Be wary of phone calls demanding confidential information such as Social Security numbers or threatening legal or criminal action. Scammers are able to mimic known phone numbers in your caller ID making it appear that the Board is calling. The scammers claim they are from a Federal Law Enforcement Agency and they utilize public information such as license numbers and NPI numbers as means of identification. They have utilized fax, email, and phone calls – some have even set up conference calls in attempt to get the license holder to comply. The callers have threatened that licenses will be taken away unless payment is made immediately. This has occurred with a variety of medical providers – it is not chiropractic specific.
The DEA provided a press release regarding these scams in March 2019. Here is a link to that information: https://www.dea.gov/press-releases/2019/03/13/dea-warns-alarming-increase-scam-calls
INFORMATION REGARDING THE ND BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS:
- The ND Board will NOT contact a license holder to discuss confidential information over the phone. All correspondence will be completed in writing.
- Any requests for payment by the ND Board will be noticed in writing; such as the annual license renewal notices or a signed agreement completed with the Board.
- The Board does not have the ability to complete credit card transactions via the telephone. We accept credit card payments directly on our website for specific transactions only - license applications and license renewals. All other transactions must be paid by check/money order.
- License holders are encouraged to contact the Board directly if they receive a suspicious call and want confirmation of its legitimacy.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the board office; however, we have shared the limited information we have received. Please note that we have no jurisdiction over the scammers and can only advise you contact your private attorney for legal advice if you have been a victim.
ND Board of Chiropractic Examiners