Hospital phone scam reported

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming Police Department has been receiving complaints from citizens about scam telephone calls, according to an IPD press release.

The caller allegedly claims to be from UP Health System – Bell and to be collecting on past due bills, then asks for a credit card number to pay the past due amount.

It is believed the caller “spoofed” the telephone number from the hospital, because the hospital’s number allegedly has appeared on the receiver’s caller ID.

According to the release, this is a scam.

Caller ID spoofing is the practice of causing the telephone network to indicate to the receiver of a call that the originator of the call is a station other than the originating station, causing the caller ID to display a number different than the one from which the call was placed, according to the release.

For any questions about what a person might owe the hospital, call Ruth Thibeault at UPHP-Bell at 906-485-2652.

People who may have been victimized by this crime and sustained a loss are advised to call the IPD at 906-486-4416.