Department of Health warns of scam targeting SD nurses

PIERRE, S.D. — A new scam that is being carried out via threatening phone calls or emails is targeting South Dakota nurses.

The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) and the Board of Nursing (BON) released a statement on Wednesday after ongoing reports of scams targeting licensed nurses.

The scammers tell potential victims that their license is or will be suspended/revoked pending an investigation into their activities. The victims are told they must pay a set dollar amount within a certain time frame to have the actions against them reversed. One of the “red flags” is the scammer instructs victims to wire or e-transfer money to accounts or recipients that are located outside the country.

“It’s despicable that there are those out there targeting our frontline medical heroes in the midst of a pandemic,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health.

Both agencies would like to remind nurses that the Department and the Board would never ask for personal information nor requests payment in connection to any potential disciplinary action.

“No board of nursing operates this way, and all nurses have the right to due process,” the DOH and BON wrote in a statement.

Any nurses with questions regarding their license status is advised to call (605) 362-2760. As scammers can spoof caller ID, if you receive a call from this number, hang up and call the number back.

If you have been contacted or fallen victim to this scam, contact the Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Protection at 1-800-300-1986 or fill out a complaint form. All received complaints are being forwarded to the Attorney Generals office for review.

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