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Scam Alert! Keep yourself safe

A new scam is targeting nurses and has affected nurses in our state.

Important reminders

  • We never call a nurse, nurse applicant, or anyone else requesting personal information.
  • In Washington we are officially called the Washington State Board of Nursing (WABON), formerly Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC). Learn more about our name change.

Keep your information safe

  • If you or a family member receives a suspicious call, hang up immediately.
    Don't trust callers who use threats to bully or frighten you. Legitimate investigators won't demand payment over the phone, text or email.
  • Demands that you pay in gift cards, via an online payment app, to UPS stores, in parking lots or other non-traditional ways are a scam.
  • Please help spread the word about this scam by sharing this information with your friends, family, and colleagues.

The Federal Communications Commission recommends the following steps:

If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency:

  • Hang up! Then call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the company's or government agency's website to verify the authenticity of the request.
  • Use caution if you are pressured for immediate information or action.
  • If you receive a suspicious call, don't send personal information, or money, or accept that your license has been suspended.

What to do

If you receive a suspicious call or letter, or think you’ve been scammed:

If you have a question about your nursing credential:

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