Several Georgia residents have fallen victim to suspicious phone calls believed to be phone scams, and the 11Alive Help Desk wants you to be cautious of health-related phone surveys.
Callers claiming to be with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) proceed to ask ethnicity and religion questions, among others, and attempt to sell goods or services. The DPH Office of the Inspector General is examining the phone calls.
"Right now, we do not know the real reason for the calls or what the caller is truly looking for, we do know the calls are not coming from the Georgia Department of Public Health," says DPH Inspector General Kenneth Bramlett.
While the Department of Public Health does periodically use telephone surveys to receive health-related information, residents should recognize the dissimilarity of the two calls. The real survey will never ask for religious information, credit card information, nor will it attempt to sell goods or services.
If you have any questions or would like to report a suspicious call, contact the DPH Office of the Inspector General at (404) 656-4688 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.