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Be Aware—New Scam Targets Physicians in the Midwest



This fall, physicians in the Midwest have been targeted in a very aggressive and dangerous financial scam. Be aware—here is what is happening:

Physicians are receiving a phone call that appears to be from the local sheriff’s office. The man identifies himself as a sheriff’s deputy and gives his name and badge number. He indicates that a subpoena had been issued for the physician and she did not show up for court. As a result, a warrant had been issued for her arrest and she needed to post bond in the amount of $10,000 cash. The caller cites HIPAA as a reason more details can’t be provided.

Additionally, the doctor is told that the case is under a gag order so she could not tell anyone else about it or about the call. The caller then instructs the physician to go to a specific government building and bring the $10,000 in cash. 

We believe this scam is targeting female health care providers, usually working in health systems. The FBI is involved and has issued warnings. We have notified the State Medical Board of Ohio and some health system leaders.

If you believe you’re a target of this type or similar scam, please contact your employer, local law enforcement, and the Medical Board.

Should you have any questions, please contact OSMA’s legal counsel:
Email Sean McCullough >



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