Froedtert, MCW Warn of Vaccine Phone Scam
Callers claiming to be from health network asking for financial information.
Patients of Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin reported calls last week from scammers, who claimed to be representatives of the health network, asking for financial information as a step toward getting the coronavirus vaccine.
Those affected said the calls appeared to come from the health system, and that the name “Froedtert Systems” appeared on the caller ID. The scammers then asked for credit card information.
“We would not ask for credit card information over the phone related to vaccine appointments,” Schooff said in an email.
Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin officials urged anyone who receives such a phone call to hang up and not provide any information. They also suggest individuals take down the telephone numbers and reach out to local law enforcement.
The website advises you close any compromised financial accounts, put a fraud alert on your annual credit report, and sign up for the Wisconsin Do Not Call Registry.
Lisa Schiller, director of investigations and media relations for the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin, urged people to do research and be skeptical of anything they receive that might seem too good to be true.
“This scam is particularly heinous because so many people are in the process of getting vaccines or waiting for more information,” Schiller said.
Schiller recommended bbb.org/coronavirus for anyone who wanted to learn more about scams related to COVID-19.
This story was originally published by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, where you can find other stories reporting on fifteen city neighborhoods in Milwaukee.
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