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Advisory: Reports of 'spoofing' scam occurring using hospital phone numbers

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July 11, 2018 (Tehachapi, CA.) – Several people in the Tehachapi community have received phone calls from individuals purporting to be hospital employees who are asking for credit card information and other personal information. Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley wants to warn the public that if they receive these types of calls they should hang up immediately and not release any personal or financial information whatsoever. 
These types of calls can be deceiving. Scam artists are using devices that can trick Caller IDs and make it appear calls are coming from hospital lines. They are not. This type of scam is commonly known as “spoofing.” The criminals who exploit these types of crimes often target senior citizen communities.  
“We want to warn our friends and neighbors here in our community about this scam so they don’t become victims of fraud,” Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley President Jeff Lingerfelt said. 
As a practice, Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley does not call patients asking for credit card information over the phone. If you’ve received these types of calls, law enforcement officials advise you to hang up immediately and block the number in your phone. If you have given your credit card information to individuals who you suspect are spoofing you, contact local law enforcement immediately. 


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Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 32,900 includes more than 23,600 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,350 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. In addition, the Adventist Health Plan serves patients in Kings County. Visit AdventistHealth.org for more information.