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Member Alert: Phone Scam Notice

Members, please be aware of a phone scam throughout the state.

We want to inform our members of a phone scam circulating throughout Illinois. Dentists may receive a call from a phone number that appears to be from the Illinois State Dental Society (217-525-1406), the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, or possibly the Drug Enforcement Agency. 

Telephone scammers try to steal your money or personal information. Scams may come through phone calls from real people, robocalls, or text messages. Some scammers may call with threats of jail or lawsuits if you don’t pay them.

Scammers might mention an investigation, and how they found drugs in a specific location (commonly the state of Texas) with the dentist's information tied to them. They might say the dentist's license number or other information that might seem accurate. Don't be concerned or fall for this scam, as the information they mention is available online to the public upon a basic dental license lookup. As a safety measure, if you want to confirm the status of your dental license, you may contact IDFPR here 

It's important to report phone scams to federal agencies. They can’t investigate individual cases. But your report can help them collect evidence for lawsuits against scammers. Report telephone scams online to the Federal Trade Commission. You can also call 1-877-382-4357 (TTY: 1-866-653-4261). The FTC is the primary government agency that collects scam complaints.