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.