BRIGHTON — Officials at Platte Valley Medical Center say an imposter has tried to spoof the hospital's caller ID in attempts to scam unsuspecting individuals.
In a news release Friday afternoon, Platte Valley spokeswoman Charmaine Weis said members of the public should be wary of calls attempting to “collect personal and financial information over the phone.” Weis said the hospital received more than 100 calls in 48 hours from people outside the hospital's area regarding potential scamming.
The imposter has reportedly spoofed the medical center's phone prefix — 303-498-XXXX — via caller ID. Many of the people called in the attempted scamming are neither patients of the hospital nor have have connection to Platte Valley.
Weis urged people to be skeptical of any suspicious phone calls and noted noted the only “official” calls from the hospital are from 303-498-1600.
Platte Valley Medical Center has filed a complaint with the Attorney General's Office regarding the scam, and officials have notified Century Link and the FCC.
Members of the public are advised to not give out or verify personal information over the phone unless they're certain the caller is actually from the hospital. If you have received a call you suspect is a scam, you may file a claim with the Federal Communications Commission at www.fcc.gov/complaints or 1-888-CALL-FCC (225-5322).
The release noted that anyone can call the medical center directly at 303-498-1600.
For more information about Caller ID Spoofing, visit the FCC’s website http://www.fcc.gov/guides/caller-id-and-spoofing.