DPH warns of potential phone scam

2/17/2017, 6 a.m.

Residents are urged to be “extremely cautious” when participating in health-related telephone surveys as the Georgia Department of Public Health fields complaints about suspicious calls.

The department is receiving complaints from Georgians and residents of other states. Many of the calls appear to come from a Georgia DPH phone number.

Rick Keheley, DPH’s inspector general, is alerting the public about the potential phone scam.

“Right now, we do not know the real reason for the calls or what the caller is truly looking for,” Keheley said in a Feb. 7 statement. “We do know the calls are not coming from the Georgia Department of Public Health.”

DPH does occasionally use telephone surveys to gain information on health trends. However, DPH will never ask for religious information or credit card information, it will never try to sell goods or services, and it will always provide call back or contact information for verification.

Residents with questions or wishing to report a suspicious call should email reportdphfraud@dhr.state.ga.us or call 404-656-4409.