DHD2 victim of spoofing scam

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NORTHEAST MICHIGAN — The District Health Department No. 2 recently learned scammers have been making phone calls using the health department’s phone numbers and is asking the public to be aware of potential scams.

The scammers have been “spoofing” — or falsifying information transmitted to caller identification systems to hide their identity — in an attempt to receive personal and confidential information from their victims.

“These calls are not coming from DHD2,” a press release reads.

The spoofing technique, using a local, trusted business or organization phone number — such as DHD2 — to increase the likelihood that people will answer and share information.

“If you receive one of these calls, simply hang up,” the press release reads. “If you receive a message on your answering machine or voicemail, do not return the call. Also, and most importantly, never give out personal information over the phone such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, your mother’s maiden name or passwords to an unsolicited caller or if you are in any way suspicious of the caller.”

It is important to report the calls, but understand that scams such as these usually occur outside the country and are difficult to trace, so caution is extremely important.

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