GPs targeted in phone scams

The RACGP yesterday released an alert expressing alarm “at the number of recent telephone scams that have been contacting general practices… whereby medical practices have been bombarded with phone calls requesting general practitioners' personal information”.

“While the RACGP is not aware at present of these calls resulting in identity, money or other fraud, the RACGP urges practices to remain vigilant if contacted by unknown organisations requesting personal or financial information,” it said.
Practices that believe they have been the subject of a scam were urged to report suspicious incidents and activity to their state’s Fair Trading authority or to the ACCC.

The alert also recommended practices and doctors ignore suspicious emails, letters, house visits, phone calls or text messages as well as being aware of other techniques designed to mislead such as individuals posing as “someone you may know