How Are You Protecting Yourself from Phone Scams? At Northern Light Health, our commitment isn't just about your physical well-being. We ask "How Are You?" because we genuinely care about every aspect of your health—including your mental and emotional well-being. That includes ensuring you're safeguarded against the stress of potential phone scams. Here are some essential tips to help you stay secure:
Be Skeptical: If you receive an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from a trusted organization, don't be afraid to question the caller if you’re unsure. A good way to verify their legitimacy is to hang up and call the organization directly using a number you know to be authentic.
Guard Your Information: Never give out personal information like Social Security numbers, bank details, or medical records unless you initiated the call and trust the recipient.
Check Caller ID and Screen Your Calls: While scammers can spoof numbers, if you don't recognize the number or it appears suspicious, let it go to voicemail.
Stay Updated: Scammers often exploit current events. Being informed about common scams will make you less vulnerable.
Stay Vigilant: Believe it or not, phone scammers will browse obituaries then contact grieving family members and pretend to be a representative from the funeral home to obtain financial information. Even when we are at our most vulnerable, it’s important to keep our guard up!
Educate Your Loved Ones: Talk about phone scams with friends and family. Ask them, "How are you guarding against scams?" Sharing knowledge enhances protection for everyone.
Report Suspicious Calls: If you believe you've encountered a scam, report it to the local authorities or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
Sign up for the “Do Not” Call” list: This action will remove your information from many call lists, reducing the amount of unsolicited phone calls you get and decreasing the chances of receiving a scam call. You can sign up online or by calling 888.382.1222.
Remember, at Northern Light Health, we care about all aspects of your well-being. Every time we ask "How Are You?" it's a reminder to check in on both your health and your safety. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and most importantly, stay safe.