Hook, Line and Sinker: Don’t Fall for Provider 1 Scam

Seniors Talking 150x150 Hook, Line and Sinker: Dont Fall for Provider 1 ScamThe Spokane Police Department is reporting a variation on the “phishing” scam, one of the most popular among fraudsters. This one targets the elderly.

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.

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About Holly Doering

Holly Doering has worked for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana for half a decade. Her areas of expertise include the CORE Values Program (Character, Optimism, Respect, Ethics) for Teens and Charity Review as well as writing and editing. Prior to that, she has written for two newspapers, a local magazine, and taught English at the community college. She is the proud author of a short story in ZYZZYVA literary magazine and has had good luck publishing lots of poetry. Each year she rolls up her sleeves and wades into the autumn Nanowrimo writing madness and has several unfinished novels to her credit.