The Medical Board of California (Board) has learned of a new scam targeting California physicians in which a caller impersonates a Board investigator, staff member or other law enforcement official and warns the physician that their license has been suspended, or a warrant has been issued for their arrest (sometimes both) due to criminal activity.
The scammer warns the physician that the suspension of the license will not show up on the physician’s public profile page, but that it is in full effect and the physician is not permitted to treat patients. The caller demands money or other compensation from the physician to stop the threatened action and utilizes fake Board letterhead containing fraudulent use of Board staff names and signatures to add authenticity to the scam.
The scammer also instructs the physician to not speak about the matter to anyone.
The Board would like to remind physicians that no Board staff member will ever contact physicians by telephone to inform them of a license suspension or to demand money or any other form of payment.
If you receive such a call:
- Hang up immediately
- Contact the Board directly at (800) 633 2322 to report the call
- Report the call to local law enforcement authorities
- It should be noted that the scammers use sophisticated methods to spoof Board phone numbers. Do not fall for this. Always call the Board directly if you have any questions.