Beware: DEA Scam Targeting Physicians Uncovered in Other States

Our colleagues at the Medical Society of New Jersey and providers in Kansas recently shared that con artists have targeted physicians in their states with a phony questionnaire asking for vital, confidential information, including the physician’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) numbers, social security number and credit card data.

The New Jersey State Attorney General is investigating this mailing sent to physicians on what appears to be New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs letterhead, which seeks to “update physician profiles in our system.” The letter claims that by responding, a physician could order controlled substances over the phone or via the internet.

Not only could the solicited personal information make the physician a victim of financial fraud, but the confidential professional information – such as DEA number – could facilitate illegal drug trafficking. In fact, the fraudulent questionnaire asks the physician to provide two signature samples … “as you sign on your prescription pad.”

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) has not received any reports of such a scam in our state, but please be aware of this scam. Do not respond if you have received such a questionnaire and contact the NC Department of Justice Scam Hotline at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (1-877-566-7226) or (919) 716-6000. The NCDOJ website has more information on how to file a complaint.

Please let the NCMS know if you have been a victim of any scam targeted at physicians or PAs so we can alert fellow members and follow up with the proper authorities. Contact our Solution Center at 919-833-3836 x142 or bmckoy@ncmedsoc.org.

 
 

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