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SCAM ALERT: Jax reports medical settlement scam

There’s a new scam surfacing in Jacksonville that deals with some of your personal information.

The Jacksonville Better Business Bureau has received a report from a woman who got a phone call about a class action medical lawsuit settlement. The caller claimed that the victim has received $25,000 as part of the settlement, and she only needed to pay them $150 in fees to get the money.

“You put the $150 on the [green dot] card and give them the number, you’ll never see it or the $25,000,” says Northeast Florida/Southeast Georgia BBB President Tom Stephens.

He admits that the scam is slightly more believable because the scammer knows about a prior medical procedure the victim had. Specifically with this caller, the scammer knew the victim had a bladder sling surgery and claimed the settlement dealt with that.

“The must have bought a list of patients somewhere or hacked in to a hospital computer,” he says.

The red flag, according to Stephens, is using the green dot card.

“There’s about a 110% chance that it’s a scam,” Stephens says.

Further, Stephens says you must consent to be a part of a class action lawsuit, so you would know ahead of a settlement whether you should expect any kind of payout.

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