What happens: A senior citizen receives a call from someone claiming to be from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). They tell the senior they must provide their personal and financial information to pay for the new “Provider 1” card.
The facts: Washington DSHS says that there will be no cost to clients to get this card and that anyone who makes this call is a scammer.
Chances are if this type of fraud is going on in one city, it is going on around the country. Remember, if you or a loved one receive a call purporting to be from your state’s department of social and health services, or any other government agency, you can always hang up and contact the agency independently.
In this case, please report any callers asking for personal and financial information in connection with the “Provider 1″ card to your local police department. In Spokane, call Crime Check at 509 456-2233.