The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is warning of a phone scam where callers posing as health department staff are asking for personal information that the department would never seek over the phone. The callers use caller ID spoofing technology to make it appear that they are calling from a credible phone number, including from ODH and at least one Ohio local health department.
In addition to posing as ODH staff, some callers have said that they are calling on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or a hospital or other healthcare provider.
The callers often have some personal information about the individuals they are calling, such as name, date of birth, address and the name of the person’s physician.
Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim of a phone scam:
Since this scam includes caller ID spoofing of a state agency, the Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating these calls.