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.
Should you have any questions, please contact OSMA’s legal counsel:
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