The Palm Beach Police Department would like to alert the public of a fraudulent “billing” scam. In this scam the fraudster poses as a local business, via mail, attempting to collect a remaining minimal balance on a medical bill. The bill used is formatted in the standard format which medical practices commonly use, which asks for your credit card information, insurance information, and specific miscellaneous facts about the billed subject for updating purposes. The area in which the bill is to be paid and returned to is a PO Box.
If anyone is unsure about a bill, most companies will allow statements to be paid over the phone, or in person, so that they don’t let their credit card and personal information to be exploited. In this case, the company did not have any affiliation with the victim so it was easily spotted as a scam.
To prevent falling victim to this “billing” scam, read your medical bills thoroughly to make sure fraudsters are not targeting you. If you receive a suspicious medical bill, call your medical provider to verify its authenticity. However, calling the number on the medical bill may be fraudulent as well. When in doubt, call the police to discuss your concerns.
Residents who believe they have been a victim to this type of scam should call the Palm Beach Police Department for assistance at (561) 838-5454.