Health officials warn of scam targeting Connecticut doctors


HARTFORD — The state Department of Public Health is warning licensed professionals such as doctors and dentists of a scam seeking personal and financial information about health care providers.

Vendors have received phone calls or notices that their licenses are suspended or at risk of suspension due to federal drug enforcement investigations, the department said in a news release.

Officials warn that scammers use publicly available licensing information to create false charges. Although licensees may receive a call or letter that appears official, the Department of Public Health said it was not a legitimate investigation on their part and was a an effort to mislead residents of the state, the statement said.


“DPH will never arbitrarily contact licensees to demand money or any other form of payment or personal and sensitive information,” said DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani. “The department will notify licensees of a lawful investigation or other action in person or by formal letter.”

Juthani added that similar scams have happened over the past few years across the country and usually refer to action by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

“It is important to resist providing personal information to anyone reaching out through these methods,” Juthani said.

Officials said licensees who believe they received these fraudulent notices should contact the Federal Trade Commission by calling 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357) or TTY: 866-653-4261 or logging on to ftc.gov/complaint.

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