NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Sentara Healthcare is warning people about scams using their name. The not-for-profit hospital system said there are two scams.
The first scam involves fake checks claiming to be from Sentara. People across the country are getting the checks, which are usually made out for $4,450. Letters with the checks claim to be from a fictitious company called “City Capital Management.”
According to a news release from Sentara Healthcare, the letters claim the checks are part of the recipients’ winnings from a lottery drawing and state they are eligible for up to $220,000 in additional winnings if recipients first call a ‘Claims Agent.’
“Sentara Healthcare is not mailing lottery checks to anyone,” said Ron Vinson, treasury director for Sentara Healthcare. “We are upset that our company’s good name is being used to defraud consumers.”
The second scam involves Sentara Home Care imposters. A Norfolk patient said two women claiming to work for the company called her home and asked to come by to inform her of ‘holiday specials.’ According to Sentara, the two women appeared to be looking around the patient’s home while trying to sell her services Sentara Home Care does not provide. The patient filed a report with police.
A Sentara Home Care Services spokesperson said anyone claiming to be from Sentara would be wearing a Sentara badge with their name and photo on it. Call 757-553-3000 to verify an employee’s identity if in doubt.
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