W.Va. Attorney General Morrisey, DHHR warn foster families of potential scam

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WFXR) — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined forces with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to warn foster parents about a potential scam.

According to a news release from Morrisey’s office, officials learned late in the day on Friday, May 8 of a suspected impostor scam in which the scammer tried to gather the Social Security numbers of multiple foster children by claiming to represent Aetna Better Health of West Virginia and its Mountain Health Promise program, which contracts with the DHHR to assist foster families throughout West Virginia.

“Scams come in all forms, and a scam that targets foster families is particularly disturbing,” Morrisey says. “I urge all West Virginians to think twice before giving sensitive information to a stranger.”

Neither DHHR nor Aetna will ask for a child’s Social Security number via an unsolicited phone call, officials say.

In addition, consumers are encouraged to never share personally identifiable, financial, or otherwise sensitive information without verifying the legitimacy of the recipient. Officials also remind consumers to never agree to send cash, wire money, or provide numbers associated with a credit/debit card, gift card, or bank account.

If you have any questions or believe you may have been a victim of a scam, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (800) 368-8808, call the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at (304) 267-0239, or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.

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