Be alert for scam phone calls and messages

Recently, a number of our providers have received a call claiming they missed an expert testimony at a local courthouse. The call then claims that money is needed from the employee to secure bonds.

Many emerging scams attempt to compromise your personal information and that of our patients. Be suspicious about any unexpected calls or text messages stating they are from a government entity that needs you to provide money related to court proceedings. Please be advised that this is likely a scam.

The American Hospital Association has also shared that an FBI report details a criminal scheme targeting the health care sector where criminals call licensed medical professionals and suggest their professional licenses are connected to ongoing criminal investigations. The callers then request the provider liquidate their assets to pay thousands of dollars as part of the investigation.

Trust your instincts–if a call feels illegitimate, simply hang up.

Scammers also continue to target employees’ personal information through email as well. This is a process known as phishing.

If you think you might be a victim of a phishing scam, reach out to either the HCIS Help Desk: helpdesk-hcis@uiowa.edu or 319-356-0001.