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Attorney general warns of diabetes scam

The following is a press release from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office

The Attorney Generals Office is warning consumers of a recent scam targeting those with diabetes. Consumers have called the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi and the American Diabetes Association to report that they are receiving unsolicited requests from individuals purporting to be employees with those organizations. The scam artists are calling diabetes victims and requesting personal information such as social security numbers, dates of birth and credit card information. The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi and the American Diabetes Foundation reported these complaints to the Consumer Protection Division of the Mississippi Attorney Generals Office.

Legitimate organizations like the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi and the American Diabetes Foundation will not initiate a phone call or send an email asking you to provide, update or confirm sensitive information. Before responding to any request for personal information, consumers should contact the institutions directly to ensure the request is valid.

"Unfortunately, scam artists will often use the name of reputable organization to lure consumers into thinking they are dealing with a familiar organization," said Attorney General Jim Hood. "Because of this, we continue to urge consumers to use caution before acting on unsolicited emails, voice mails, text messages or phone calls requesting personal information. Educating our consumers is one of the most important actions we can take to combat scams like this one."

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