COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Health officials are warning Ohioans of callers posing as state health department staff to get personal information the department would never seek over the phone.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: The Snow Has Arrived
The Ohio Department of Health says the scammers use caller ID technology to make it appear they are calling from a credible phone number. They sometimes say they are calling on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or on behalf of a health care provider.
The callers often have some personal information about those they are calling, such as name, date of birth, address and the name of the person’s physician.READ MORE: Live Winter Storm Tracker: Snow Now Expected To Reach 6-12 Inches In Pittsburgh
Anyone getting such a suspicious call should never provide personal information, but hang up and call the named agency or company for verification.
The State Highway Patrol is investigating.MORE NEWS: 'Stay Home If You Can': Wolf Administration Urges Pennsylvanians To Stay Off Roads
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