St. Luke’s Health System has a warning tonight: scammers are using St. Luke’s telephone numbers to call and try to steal personal information from people in the community.
The spam callers are posing under the IRS and an insurance company. They aggressively demand private information, sometimes claiming to have a warrant and threatening to arrest people if they don’t provide it.
Many people across the Treasure Valley have reported receiving these alarming calls, including St. Luke’s patients, St. Luke’s clinics and hospital rooms and employees. Suspicious of the foul language and threats, people have written down the caller ID numbers or callback number provided, which typically start with a 381 or 385 prefix. When they call the number back it connects to legitimate St. Luke’s departments, or clinic numbers that are rarely used.
These calls are NOT from St. Luke’s. Spammers can change the phone number that shows up on your called ID screen. It’s called “spoofing.”
If you receive a call that seems suspicious, hang up and do not provide the caller with information such as your name, bank information or credit card. Do not give in to their pressure tactics.
Boise Police and the Better Business Bureau are aware of the fake calls.
Boise Police remind you:
Anita Kisseé was the Treasure Valley public relations manager for St. Luke’s Health System.