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Consumer Alerts

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has encountered a wide variety of scams in which fraudsters use technology to impersonate official government personnel from HHS or OIG. These scammers target individuals through various methods, including phone, email, or social media in an attempt to obtain money or personal, medical, or financial information. Scammers may claim they need information to settle a debt, verify medical claims, or to provide grant money. Once these criminals have your personal information, they will use it to steal money from you or commit fraud.

The public should remain vigilant for such scams. OIG cautions the public against sending money or sharing personal, medical, or financial information with unknown individuals who claim to be government officials. If you believe you have been the target or victim of a scam in which someone impersonated HHS or HHS OIG officials, please report this contact to the HHS OIG Hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) or online.