Scammers are posing as members of the Medical Board

August 14, 2019

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has alerted the community that scam artists are calling their clinics and offices posing as the Medical Board, saying there is a problem with a physician’s DEA registration. They are providing the Washington Medical Commission’s phone number as their own.

DOH believes this appears to be part of a larger extortion scheme related to scammers posing as government officials. Please be aware that boards and commissions will never call asking for a DEA number, private information or payment. Providers who want to see if there is a legitimate issue with their credentials should contact DOH at

The Medical Board of California recently reported a similar scheme where scammers posing as DEA agenda demanded payment in order to keep a licensee from being suspended. (Trish Anderson)


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