Health Department Warns of Fraudulent Phone Calls

May 10, 2018 11:16 AM

The video above aired on March 30 when a different phone scam targeted restaurant owners, prompting a similar warning.

The Minnesota Department of Health is warning people of a "spoofing" attack in which callers are posing as the department and asking for personal information.


According to a press release, the calls appear to come from MDH's main phone line, 651-201-5700, and callers are requesting personal and business information, including credit cards.

RELATED: Phone Scheme Targets Restaurant Owners in the Twin Cities

“This is a type of attack, among many methods, that we are seeing with increasing frequency and sophistication in Minnesota, and we have been working to raise this issue at the Legislature this session,” said Aaron Call, the state’s chief information security officer. “This example is demonstrative of the tactics used every day by those intent on stealing our personal information or disrupting the important services on which so many Minnesotans rely.”

The health department did send out automated calls to restaurants this week regarding the E.coli outbreak with romaine lettuce reaching Minnesota. However, the department said it did not ask fo personal information.

RELATED: National E.coli Outbreak Reaches Minnesota after 10 Cases Associated with Romaine Lettuce

MDH also advises anyone who falls victim to identity theft to contact his or her local police department.


Theresa Malloy

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