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Oct 10, 2013 5:29 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Scammers calling and claiming to represent OGHS

BBB of Acadiana is warning Opelousas area residents to be on the lookout for scam calls claiming to be from Opelousas General Health System.

According to OGHS Community Relations Coordinator Deanna LeJeune, the hospital received numerous calls from residents reporting they received calls from (866) 218-7983.

The scam callers claimed to be "representatives of Opelousas general Hospital" and asked for private information, including prescription drug data.

"Please be informed that these phone calls are not from Opelousas General Health System and we do not call anyone at home regarding prescription drugs," LeJeune said. "This is a scam. Please do not share any personal information about yourself to anyone over the telephone."

BBB, which regularly alerts residents to the latest scams and rip-offs, offers the following tips to avoid this and similar scams:

· Start with Trust®. Check with the BBB before doing business.

· Do not give out any personal or financial information over the phone to any unknown caller.

· Do not provide or confirm any bank account, credit card, medical information or other personal information over the phone until you have confirmed the legitimacy of the call.

· File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online if the caller is abusive, uses threats or otherwise violates federal telemarketing laws.

BBB works for a trustworthy marketplace by maintaining standards for truthful advertising, investigating and exposing fraud against consumers and businesses. For more than 100 years, BBB has helped consumers make smarter buying decisions and is evolving to meet fast-changing marketplace needs.

The BBB of Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion.

Acadiana residents can now have BBB information in the palm of their hand with the official BBB Search app, a convenient, mobile BBB solution available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The app can be found at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bbb-search-find-local-businesses/id440014505?mt=8.

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