MHConcierge recently received a phone call from an area code that raised a red flag, so sent it into voicemail.  The call came from a separate number than the call back number in the message – always a red flad. Here is the message: Hello, Dr. Sethre This is Megan XXXXXX calling in regards to your 2018 Top Dr. Award. Your plaque is being processed, and we just need verification to make sure everything is accurate before we send it out to you. Please contact me today at XXX_XXX_XXXX at Extension XXX I look forward to speaking with you.

So – of course MHConcierge did not call back – but some quick research that finds that this is indeed a scam, the call back number is associated another blatant scam – “help with paying back student loans,” and the number has had hundreds of complaints, over the last several years, that the number is used by phone scammers.

ABC News did an expose of ‘Top Doctor” awards scams, and found that there are, at least at the time of the report in 2012, 10 companies working this scam.  One recipient of a call was offered a “Top Dentist Award” plaque; the kicker is that he started dental school but switched to medical school, and has been an MD for 20 years. At least one company has a “Top Mental Health Professionals” award – ABC found that this company’s address is a PO Box, and could not locate an actual office.

Filing a complaint about these scam calls with the FCC is quick and easy.

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22 thoughts on “New Scam: “Your Top Doctor Award plaque is ready to be shipped”

  • June 1, 2018 at 9:59 am
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    This is terrible that you, as a Psy.D. and mental health counselor, would print on your website a real persons name who works at a real and legitimate company. Do some research before you try and ruin some poor girls life and her personal reputation online. The ‘research’ you have published here is so vague and when I entered both numbers you published here they both showed up as ‘Low Risk’ for a scam. The expose you reference was reported on another company before the company you cited was even in business.

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    • June 6, 2018 at 11:45 am
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      Greetings Kim. Thanks for taking the time to respond. I reviewed my posting and research, and stand by the conclusion, shared by others and posted on the site monitoring phone scams, that this is a scam. How could a company that knows nothing about me conclude that I am a “top doctor?” Anyhow, I have deleted the person’s name and phone number, as that info does not add anything to the post.

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      • September 27, 2018 at 10:11 am
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        Your a doctor?? how could you think the company knows nothing about you? Youre all over the internet …

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  • June 25, 2018 at 4:24 pm
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    I received a call today about Top doctor award plaque. Caller asked me to pay 2.89 first by card. When I hesistated to give card info on phone. He reduced cost to 1.89 then only 0.99 cents. Very fishy. I didn’t pay and want to make others aware about this scam.

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    • August 17, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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      Indeed, it is a scam. Person on the other line is very nice and sound professional- a real researcher adn editor to a great book “Trademark”. Spoke with all specifics. But I was wondering, why should i be awarded? I mean, I don’t need to have Top Doctors Award to be happy. Do these scammers really think some doctors will give away their credit card info for a plaque?

      I got pissed, i just got delayed seeing 3 patients bec of the stupid phone call that i answered!

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  • July 19, 2018 at 12:29 pm
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    Ha ha. Just got the same call. Complete BS. Went through all the little verification steps and then asked for the “small shipping fee”. When I told her, Leann Hardy, that I wasn’t interested she was upset that I was letting this award slip away. Some people. Her number is 631-479-3426 if you wanna chat

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  • July 23, 2018 at 2:34 pm
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    I also got the exact same call with the same voice message. Did my search on line and agree with your findings.
    If some legitimate entity thinks you deserve an award, they showed issue you the plaque!!
    Also, if you go to their website hey have no explanation on their methodology for the award.

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  • July 30, 2018 at 2:38 pm
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    Yeah this page is incorrect. I have been a doctor back and forth between Seattle/Arizona for 17 years next month. Not once was I contacted. This year, I wrote an article about the connections between diabetes and public school lunch programs. My article has so far had over 800,000 views. This year, I received a call from Top Doctor Awards and they explained to me why I was recognized. I purchased a plaque, and display it proudly in my lobby. Its gorgeous! As with most of these organizations the price was a little high for a plaque. This company isn’t a scam, I received exactly what I ordered and couldn’t be happier. Everyone on here saying “if i won it should be free!” its 2018 people. If you’re also a doctor, when is the last time you received anything free? Didn’t think so! Shame on you site owner!

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    • July 31, 2018 at 7:42 pm
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      Thanks for describing your experience. If others have had this sort of experience, I will be glad to revise my article. In my case, I was contacted by robocall and there was no mention of how I “qualified,” but they were eager to sell me a plaque.

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    • August 17, 2018 at 2:16 pm
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      OK, i think it may be legit, but IF i would be awarded, which i had been 2 years ago, and yes, i am not old doctor, WHY will i be happy with a plaque that i paid for so it has my name and a statement on how gorgeous and outstanding I am???
      \ I buy such a plaque at crownarwards.com or awards.com, i can even purchase a trophy that has my name from trophydepot .com. But guess what, i am not that desperate to have an award!

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    • October 2, 2018 at 3:07 pm
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      So…..if it is a 2018 top dr award only one should go out in 2018, NOT A CRAP TON! Stop bugging the Dr’s with your BS!!! They are out here trying to save lives not take away from peoples lives you selfish greedy money hungry people who dont want to work for their money!

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  • August 8, 2018 at 8:37 am
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    Bought a plaque, received a plaque. Actually pretty colorful compared to the bland ones we usually order. Not sure what your issues were with them. Little pricey, but when are they not?

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  • August 10, 2018 at 3:24 pm
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    Bought a plaque, received a plaque. Not sure what your issues were but im satisfied.

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  • August 13, 2018 at 11:05 am
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    YES-just received same call……’your plaque is ready to be sent’……….877-544-9989 ext. 103
    TOP Speech-Language Pathologist

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  • August 14, 2018 at 9:21 am
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    Dr. Sethre,

    I have seen that you only seem to post the negative comments regarding companies you deem as a scam. I no longer trust your judgement when it comes to this blog. Every once in a while you post an informative article, however, now it seems you are out to only slander others names. I will no longer be following your blog. Articles like this have no tie into your profession, and remove credibility from your name.

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  • August 14, 2018 at 9:26 am
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    Like I’m going to trust someone who has their resume posted on their professional website! What a joke!

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  • August 17, 2018 at 2:29 pm
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    Received this call, listened to their pitch, didnt buy anything but didnt feel “scammed”. They werent that pushy, no more than the average sales person. I actually had a decent conversation with Angela, who was informative and also pretty funny. All these doctors crying because someone asked them to pay for something for once! Im a mobile doctor, so I have no need for a plaque, since my office is home based. Just thought I would share my insight on the call I received.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 9:58 am
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    Top Doctor Award is and has been a scam for years. In a clinic with 15 orthopedic surgeons we have been inundated with calls for each MD. Just this morning I returned a call to “Malcom” at: 877-247-0879 x 113, who left a message congratulating our doctor on his award and to call back with more details on how to get the certificate that is currently being prepared.
    I did call Malcom back this morning and asked him to stop calling our number and wasting our time.
    He hung up on me…..

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  • September 5, 2018 at 4:55 am
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    I received a massage from the same company greeting me that my top doctor certificate is ready to be shift. When I looked at my back ground of work as an Ob Gyn for 40 years and sacrify my life day and night for my patients, saving so many life and did not have any regrets as Ob Gyn, I felt desrve to have a certified plaque to give me a prestigious reward and put it in my office to remind me who I was.

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  • October 5, 2018 at 2:09 pm
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    Did you even ask any questions? Because it does not sound like you did. If you would have asked how you qualified or any questions at all I’m sure you would have received your answers. Because they had no problem explaining the survey process and recommendations from peers and patients to me. They were actually quite helpful. As I have been listed as a top doctor in their Top Doctor Magazine for the last three years and have ordered the plaques for those years. The plaques are actually beautifully made and I have yet to be disappointed. I am actually affiliated with a large healthcare system that uses them as a vendor for their doctors who are award recipients for each of their facilities. I think you should have done your research a little better. Their voicemails may sound a little robotic but i can assure you they are not robo calls.

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  • October 11, 2018 at 11:44 am
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    I’ve experienced the same bogus calls. And they keep calling, even if you tell them to stop. This is just a way to feed the narcissism inherent in the medical field. If you win an award that no one nominated you for (and one for which you did not apply), then hmm, really?

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