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Mason City police warn of fraudulent check scheme using Mercy Hospital


This news story was published on June 25, 2020.
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MASON CITY — Mason City police warned the public today of a fraudulent check scheme using Mercy Hospital.

MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center was recently made aware that its name and address are being used in a fraudulent check scheme. Consumers who receive a check from MercyOne North Iowa who have never been a patient should not deposit the check and should immediately report the incident to local authorities.

MercyOne North Iowa discovered the scheme earlier this week when three individuals, all living in Texas, received FedEx packages containing a check and indicating they originated from ‘MercyOne North.” The individuals were suspicious that the checks were fake and called the medical center to verify.

Mason City police alerted the public Thursday, saying, “Scam Alert! If you receive a check from MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center via FedEx it is likely a fraud scheme. See MercyOne press release for details. If something seems too good to be true…it probably is!”

Consumers who are unsure if they’ve been a patient or have questions should call MercyOne North Iowa’s billing department at 866-494-3001 — option 2, for verification.

The Federal Trade Commission offers helpful tips and information on their site: consumerftc.qov, including this article The bottom-line on fake checks scams.”

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4 Responses to Mason City police warn of fraudulent check scheme using Mercy Hospital

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 26, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Anyone with a brain would know it is a scam. Mercy never gives money. They would send you bills for the accounting entry, printing the check, the envelope, printing the addresses on the envelope, the postage, and giving it to the post office.
    All these bills would get to your mailbox the day that they are turned over to collections.
    That is how you know it is a scam.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 26, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I was wondering how the scam works too. After cashing check they must want you to send some money to someone or someplace. Maybe it is just a mad former patient.

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    Alfred Reply Report comment

    June 26, 2020 at 5:54 am

    How does the scam work Mat?