12 July 2018 | Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley has reported telephone scams in which the name of the hospital is being used to obtain credit card information from Tehachapi community members.

According to the BakersfieldNow news site, the hospital is warning the public to hang up immediately if they receive a call from someone claiming to be a hospital employee who asks for personal or credit card details.

The operators of the “spoofing” scam are reportedly using devices that can make it appear as though calls are coming from the hospital. Senior citizens are frequently the target of this kind of scam.

“We want to warn our friends and neighbors here in our community about this scam so they don’t become victims of fraud,” said Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley President, Jeff Lingerfelt in a press release release.

Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley does not make a practice of calling patients by phone to request credit card information.

“If you have given your credit card information to individuals you suspect are spoofing you, contact law enforcement immediately,” said the hospital in a Facebook update.

Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit network of hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities serving more than 80 communities across the Western United States and Hawaii. The healthcare system is affiliated with the Adventist Church.

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