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CVS Prescription Scam – NBC 7 San Diego

Criminals are frequently searching for methods to attempt to steal your money, and in a single latest ploy, some San Diegans have acquired calls claiming to be from their pharmacy asking for money to fill a prescription.

“I called my CVS in La Mesam and they said I was the second one to call today,” stated Juanita Thomas, who acquired a voicemail.

Thomas stated she has prescriptions stuffed at CVS, so it wasn’t uncommon for her to get calls from the pharmacy. This voicemail was completely different from the others she was used to listening to.

“They have a very distinct machine that says your prescription is ready,” Thomas stated. “This is nothing like that.”

The voicemail stated Thomas had a invoice for almost $250 that wanted to be charged and that she ought to name the helpline to finish the cost. Thomas, who was suspicious due to the quantity, began asking questions when she known as the quantity.

“I don’t have a prescription for that amount of money,” Thomas stated. “I asked, ‘Which CVS is this?’ and he said, ‘Los Angeles.’ “

The man on the opposite finish instantly hung up when Thomas requested which avenue the pharmacy was positioned on. That’s when she researched the quantity she was advised to name.

“There’s an actual CVS helpline online, but that’s not the number that they gave me,” Thomas stated.

Thomas additionally known as her financial institution to ensure she hadn’t been charged by CVS for that quantity, simply in case.

(*7*) Thomas stated. “People should call their own pharmacy first and don’t give out any information. Ask them for information first.”

Thomas’ expertise is an effective instance of what to do in the event you suppose one thing sounds suspicious: Call the pharmacy immediately as a substitute of utilizing the quantity left within the voicemail, then ask to verify some info to attempt to confirm you might be really speaking with the business and never somebody making an attempt to steal your money.

If you suppose you’ve got been focused, file a criticism with the California Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission. CVS has a listing of widespread scams to be careful for on its website the place yow will discover out what to do in the event you suppose somebody is impersonating the pharmacy.

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