Governor Brian P. Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr are warning medical professionals of a scam making its rounds in Georgia.

The Georgia Composite Medical Board staff has received several phone calls from multiple licensees stating that someone is either sending a letter and/or calling and pretending to be an agent of the Medical Board.

These calls are being made in an apparent effort to obtain personal information and/or money. These calls are scams.

“It is unacceptable that scammers would use a global pandemic as an opportunity to swindle our healthcare heroes,” Kemp said. “These dedicated frontline workers have sacrificed everything to help keep Georgians healthy and we will not allow this type of criminal activity to happen in our state. If you receive a call like this, please let the proper authorities know so they can ensure that justice is served.”

Based on Board’s protocol, it is unusual for a representative to contact an individual to obtain personal information or money. However, an individual may receive a call from the Board to set up a meeting, either through phone or in-person, and provide a valid call back number.

“Our medical professionals are in the throes of a global pandemic, working day-in and day-out to help save lives while risking their own,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “No one should be taking advantage of them, particularly during this difficult time, and our office is joining Governor Kemp to ensure our healthcare workers do not fall victim to this cheap scheme.”

Since scammers might be “spoofing” the Board’s number, individuals are advised that when in doubt, hand up and call the Board directly. Their staff are all on high alert of these types of calls and are expecting people to call them directly to verify identity.

If you receive a call or letter like this, please do not give any personal information or money and disconnect the call. If you need any additional information, please contact Jonathan McGehee, Director of Investigations at jmcgehee@dch.ga.gov.

(Photo: Courtesy of the Georgia Governor's Office)

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