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Georgia health officials warn of calling scheme

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The Georgia Department of Public Health is urging Georgia residents to be cautious when participating in health-related surveys over the telephone.

The health department has received several complaints about suspicious phone calls.

Several of the calls come from area codes outside of Georgia. In some cases, the caller poses as a department of health worker and asks questions about medical and surgical information.

One resident reported that the caller asked to speak to her teenage daughter. In some calls, the person requested ethnicity and religion details in an attempt to sell goods or services, according to a news release.

The Georgia Dept. of Public Health's Office of the Inspector General is investigating the phone calls.

"Right now, we do not know the real reason for the calls or what the caller is truly looking for," said Rick Keheley, DPH's inspector general, in a statement. "We do know the calls are not coming from the Georgia Department of Public Health."

DPH does occasionally use telephone surveys to gain information on health trends. DPH stresses the difference with their phone calls:

  • Will never ask for religious information
  • Will never ask for credit card information
  • Will never try to sell goods or services
  • Will always provide call back or contact information for verification

To report a suspicious call should contact health department's office of Inspector General at 404.656.4409 or reportdphfraud@dhr.state.ga.us.

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