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Scam Alert

Published on May 30, 2024

Stay Vigilant and Protect Yourself from Potential Scams.

The Virginia Department of Health Professions (DHP) has issued a reminder regarding scams targeting health care professionals. Licensees have reported receiving fraudulent communications from individuals claiming to represent DHP licensing boards or other agencies, such as the DEA. These communications, often via phone, may threaten arrest, license suspension, or demand personal information and fines.

Here are some important points to be aware of:

1. Spoofed Calls and Emails:

  • Scammers may “spoof” DHP or a board’s phone number or email address, making it appear as if the communication is legitimate.
  • If you receive any suspicious communication, verify the identity of the sender by calling DHP directly at (804) 367-4691 or emailing enfcomplaints@dhp.virginia.gov.

2. Avoid Providing Personal Information:

  • DHP will never demand personally identifying information (e.g., social security number, date of birth, bank, or credit card account numbers) over the phone.
  • Be cautious and do not share sensitive information unless you are certain of the legitimacy of the request.

3. Reporting Fraudulent Communications:

  • If you believe you’ve received a fraudulent communication claiming to be from DHP:
    • Notify DHP at (804) 367-4691 or email enfcomplaints@dhp.virginia.gov.
    • Report the communication to local law enforcement or the Virginia State Police.
    • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accepts reports about “Imposter Scams” through the https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/ or at 1-877-382-4357.

4. Virginia Fusion Center (VFC):

  • The VFC, a collaboration between the Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Emergency Management, enhances preparedness against terrorist attacks and deters criminal activity.
  • Online Suspicious Activity Reporting – https://fusion.vsp.virginia.gov/sar/
  • Report by Phone - 877-4VA-TIPS

5. DEA Imposter Scams:

  • The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has also warned of imposters posing as DEA agents.
  • For information and reporting on these scams, visit the DEA website at https://www.dea.gov/scam-alert

 

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Virginia Board of Psychology
psy@dhp.virginia.gov
Jaime Hoyle, Executive Director
J.D. Ball, Ph.D., ABPP, Board Chair