The Norman Transcript


May 8, 2014

AG warns of potential scam calls

NORMAN — Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a scam warning Wednesday after concerns were raised that someone may be calling consumers claiming to be with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

The AG’s Public Protection Unit received a complaint Tuesday from a consumer who was contacted by someone from what appeared to be an Oklahoma telephone number asking for their Social Security number and other personal information.

“Oklahomans need to be alert and never give personal information over the telephone unless they initiate the call,” Pruitt said. “We encourage consumers to contact our office if they feel they have been victims of a scam or have questions about suspicious calls or emails.”

Below are tips from the AG’s Public Protection Unit on how to avoid becoming a victim of a telephone scam:

· Try to verify the caller’s identity.

· Don’t provide personal or financial information unless you have initiated the call to a verified reputable person, business or government entity.

· Never send money through a wire transfer or other means unless you are sending to a close friend or family member.

· Don’t feel pressured to give information or send money quickly.

If you have been a victim of a scam, report the incident to local law enforcement and to the AG’s Office immediately.

If you have a question about a possible scam, contact the AG’s Public Protection Unit at 521-2029 or 918-581-2885, email or file a complaint at

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