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Fleagle warns of phone scam

January 30, 2006

HARRISBURG, Pa. - State Rep. Patrick E. Fleagle, R-Franklin, reminds Pennsylvania residents to protect their personal and financial information by not giving it out over the phone to unknown solicitors.

The lawmaker issued the reminder after learning of a phone scam involving callers who claim to be representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. According to department officials, callers inform residents that their family was selected to receive a discount on health-care items and a $1,000 shopping spree. At that time, the callers ask for personal and bank information in order to receive the special offer.

"You should always be cautious about providing personal information over the telephone," Fleagle said. "If the call is unsolicited, and they ask for personal information, take steps to protect yourself."

Residents are reminded never to give out bank information over the phone; however, any resident who may have disclosed personal or bank information to these callers should contact their bank to alert them about the potential for fraudulent activity and contact all credit bureaus to place a fraud watch on their account.

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The Department of Health stated that it does not solicit bank information over the phone.

If you have received this bogus telephone call or receive one in the future, visit www.attorneygeneral.gov or call 800-441-2555 to file a complaint with the state attorney general's office.

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