Meridian Star

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November 27, 2013

Rush Health Systems warns of phone scam

MERIDIAN —     According to Rush Health Systems, a scam that has recently come to the Meridian area has already been associated with other hospitals around the country.  

    Those attempting the scam target elderly patients and claim they are with a local medical center — in this case, Rush Foundation Hospital or Laird Hospital — and inquire about calling a toll free number, 1-866-218-7985, requesting personal information such as date of birth, social security number, credit card number and PIN numbers and/or they request prescription numbers or information related to payment of a bill, hospital officials warned.

    Hospital officials warn residents to take note of the number, but added that the scam could originate from different telephone numbers as well.

    "Rush Health System does not make calls of this kind asking for personal information," according to a statement released by the hospital. "The safest approach to take if someone calls and asks for personal information is to hang up; our representatives will always provide you with proper identification and a number you can call back to verify the call should they call you regarding bill collection."

    Rush has contacted the Mississippi Attorney General's office concerning this matter.

    Residents who believe they have been targeted in a scam can contact local law enforcement officials.

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