That number is a red flag. Of course, the call could come from another number in the future and the name used can change as well.
Opelousas General Health System does not make calls of this kind asking for personal information. The safest approach to take if someone calls and asks for personal information is to hang up.
OGHS spokeswoman Deanna Lejeune said the hospital was aware of the scam, coming from the toll free number, in which an operator identifies him or herself as a representative of “Opelousas General Hospital.”
She said the callers, many with heavy accents, tend to badly mispronounce “Opelousas.”
BBB, which regularly alerts residents to the latest scams and rip-offs, offers the following tips to avoid this and similar scams:
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