Fraud Alert Assistance
August 20, 2019, OLYMPIA, WA - *Update: If you receive a call like this please contact the DEA via phone at 877-792-2873 or report it online.*
The Washington Medical Commission (WMC) has been alerted that scam artists are calling clinics and offices posing as the Medical Board, saying there is a problem with a physician’s DEA registration or alleging they violated a federal law. They are providing our number as theirs and sending letters with WMC letterhead. A letter sample can be viewed here. The callers can be argumentative and seem to have significant amounts of personal information including where the targeted licensees do their banking, NPI numbers, and personal addresses.
This appears to be part of a larger extortion scheme related to scammers posing as government officials. The Medical Board of California reported a similar scheme where scammers posing as DEA agents demanded payment in order to keep a licensee from being suspended. This is not how state medical boards or the DEA operate and all practitioners should be skeptical of anyone claiming to be with the WMC making such demands.
Please be aware the Washington Medical Commission will never call you asking for your DEA number, private information or looking for payment. If you receive a call like this and have questions, please contact us at Medical.Commission@wmc.wa.gov.
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