DANVILLE, PA – The Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Geisinger Health Plan (GHP) are warning members of a potential phone scam. The callers are posing as federal government employees trying to get personal information. 

How to tell if the phone call is a scam:

  • The federal government will typically contact you by mail first, not by phone or email
  • Federal agencies will not demand personal information like your social security number or bank account number over the phone
  • Federal agencies will not ask you to send money by using wire transfers, a prepaid debit card or by sending you a fake check to cash 

If you receive a phone call from someone posing as a federal employee, hang up immediately. Do not give out any personal or financial information.

You can alert the Department of Health and Human Services at 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477) or via email at spoof@oig.hhs.gov. If you’d like to file a complaint with the FTC, go to ftc.gov/complaint or call 877-FTC-HELP.

To learn more about government imposter scams, visit www.consumer.ftc.gov


About Geisinger Health Plan
Geisinger Health Plan, begun in 1985, is headquartered in Danville, Pennsylvania. Geisinger Health Plan’s HMO, PPO and Geisinger Gold’s HMO are among the highest-rated private and Medicare health plans in the nation.* The plan serves approximately 585,000 members in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maine. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, Medicare beneficiaries, Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medical Assistance recipients. For more information, please visit TheHealthPlan.com.

*NCQA’s Private and Medicare Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016-2017. Geisinger Health Plan’s PPO is listed in NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings under Geisinger Quality Options. Geisinger Gold HMO is listed in NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings under Geisinger Health Plan.