Scam Alert! Keep yourself safe
A new scam is targeting nurses and has affected nurses in our state.
- SCAM ALERT! Nurses Are the Newest Target
- FBI: Scammers in Disguise Target Health Care Providers with Threats and Phony Investigations
- We never call a nurse, nurse applicant, or anyone else requesting personal information.
- In Washington we are officially called the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC). Be suspicious of anything using a different name, such as the “State Board of Nursing.”
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:
- Contact the Washington State Office of the Attorney General
- Phone: 360-753-200
If you have a question about your nursing credential:
- Verify your license status with the DOH Provider Credential Search
- Or contact the Nursing Commission customer service
- Phone: 360-236-4703
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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