Palo Alto County Authorities Issue New Scam Alert

Thu 6-15-2017

(Emmetsburg)-- Palo Alto county authorities are alerting the public to a new phone scam.

Emmetsburg police say they've had reports of an online pharmacy calling people who are not their customers and asking for insurance information. When the person declines, the company then contacts the person's pharmacy or doctor's office with a request to fill a prescription and obtain the insurance information.

Police say they were notified of the scam by officials from Palo Alto County Health System and Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason city.

Authorities say you need to be extremely cautious about giving any personal information to anyone with whom you're not familiar with over the phone or internet.