Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Medical bills...

  1. #1
    Drool Catcher OliviaB's Avatar
    Real Name
    Olivia
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    241
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Belle
    Likes (Received)
    69

    Default Medical bills...

    So we just got a phone call from a random person claiming that we owe over $500 for my son's surgery...from FOUR years ago! We paid this off in full around the time of service so this totally surprised us. My husband asked the guy who he was with and we googled the name. They have no website and a zillion complaints. The guy claimed that they have already filed a negative report on our credit and that they will come after us for the money. We aren't easily intimidated so my husband just told him to prove the debt was valid by sending us an invoice that we can verify. The guy hung up on him. Do you guys think this is legit or a scam? Any idea if they can even claim a debt that is so old?? My husband is out of work for 6 more months from his knee surgery so a surprise medical bill is not what we need right now...
    "The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
    ― Charles de Gaulle

  2. #2
    Harvey's Executive Assistant Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    harveyspecter's Avatar
    Country
    United States
    Location
    Yorba Linda (The OC), California
    Posts
    4,893
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Harvey Specter
    Trophies
    Likes (Received)
    3557

    Default Re: Medical bills...

    scam, scam, scam, scam. I would program my phone to reject calls from this person. A valid collection will need to be communicated by mail 1st. If that gets ignored, then phone calls will follow.

    No collection will start with a phone call 1st.
    Hug your bully today

  3. #3
    Drool Catcher OliviaB's Avatar
    Real Name
    Olivia
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    241
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Belle
    Likes (Received)
    69

    Default Re: Medical bills...

    That's what we figured...it's just creepy how they knew my son's name, birthday, surgery date, etc. We are checking our credit report and looking into any fraud. UGH.
    "The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
    ― Charles de Gaulle

  4. #4
    Dog Park Attendant Goob14's Avatar
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    451
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Goob
    Trophies
    Likes (Received)
    240

    Default Re: Medical bills...

    My opinion...Total scam! No worries until documentation comes to your address and the bill will be itemized, with a letter head, and contact information. If you have proof showing your payment in full, you can always call your local police department (not 911) and make a claim. Tell them what was said on the phone call, the number if you guys have it, and just make them aware of it.

    Someone called my friend's grandmother claiming that it was her grandson in Mexico, he got stopped at a check point, and is being held in jail until someone sends the money. They knew the grandmother's name and my friend's name. BUT this sharp cookie said, "if this is really you, when is your birthday?" CLICK. End of story. I wouldn't be worried but totally creepy what people will resort to. Scaring people into giving up some cash. Sad.
    The righteous care for the needs of their animals,
    but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.


  5. #5
    Drool Catcher OliviaB's Avatar
    Real Name
    Olivia
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    241
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Belle
    Likes (Received)
    69

    Default Re: Medical bills...

    Quote Originally Posted by Goob14 View Post
    My opinion...Total scam! No worries until documentation comes to your address and the bill will be itemized, with a letter head, and contact information. If you have proof showing your payment in full, you can always call your local police department (not 911) and make a claim. Tell them what was said on the phone call, the number if you guys have it, and just make them aware of it.

    Someone called my friend's grandmother claiming that it was her grandson in Mexico, he got stopped at a check point, and is being held in jail until someone sends the money. They knew the grandmother's name and my friend's name. BUT this sharp cookie said, "if this is really you, when is your birthday?" CLICK. End of story. I wouldn't be worried but totally creepy what people will resort to. Scaring people into giving up some cash. Sad.
    My husband is a police officer and told the guy that when he was getting threatening. Soon after that he hung up We asked for an invoice to be mailed to us to prove it's legit...I'm not holding my breath for that to happen. We blocked the number.
    "The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
    ― Charles de Gaulle

  6. #6
    Harvey's Executive Assistant Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    harveyspecter's Avatar
    Country
    United States
    Location
    Yorba Linda (The OC), California
    Posts
    4,893
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Harvey Specter
    Trophies
    Likes (Received)
    3557

    Default Re: Medical bills...

    Quote Originally Posted by OliviaB View Post
    That's what we figured...it's just creepy how they knew my son's name, birthday, surgery date, etc. We are checking our credit report and looking into any fraud. UGH.
    Unfortunately, criminals are getting crafty these days and they are getting and accessing information on the cheap so you have to be proactive and check on your credit report often. They have access to hospital records, they know when you visited the doctor, had your surgery and so on.

    My insurance company - Anthem Blue Cross - just mailed me a letter notifying me that my personal information have been compromised so in return they are offerring a credit monitoring service free of charge.
    So scary.
    Hug your bully today

  7. #7
    EBN's SWEETHEART aka our little GOOB Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Need help with the forums?  Contact me!
    ddnene's Avatar
    Real Name
    Tracey
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Posts
    12,729
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Willow (2015) Walter (2014) Winston (2012-13) Wellie (2012-13) Bella (2007-13)
    Likes (Received)
    5585

    Default Re: Medical bills...

    SCAM CITY!!! People in this area are getting supposed calls from the IRS demanding credit card numbers oner the phone to pay taxes overdue… it's all BS!!! Next time they call tell them you are having the number traced…

    "What we once enjoyed and deeply loved, we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." Helen Keller
    RIP Wellie, Bella, Winston & Roxie

  8. #8
    Drool Catcher OliviaB's Avatar
    Real Name
    Olivia
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    241
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Belle
    Likes (Received)
    69

    Default Re: Medical bills...

    We checked our credit report and sure enough it's been compromised We called the medical group that originally did the surgery and they don't know anything about the charges. I swear I hate criminals...
    "The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
    ― Charles de Gaulle

  9. #9
    Harvey's Executive Assistant Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    harveyspecter's Avatar
    Country
    United States
    Location
    Yorba Linda (The OC), California
    Posts
    4,893
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Harvey Specter
    Trophies
    Likes (Received)
    3557

    Default Re: Medical bills...

    Quote Originally Posted by ddnene View Post
    SCAM CITY!!! People in this area are getting supposed calls from the IRS demanding credit card numbers oner the phone to pay taxes overdue… it's all BS!!! Next time they call tell them you are having the number traced…
    tracing the number helps but unfortunately will not do you any good getting them arrested. They are using VOIP phone like OOMA or magic jack attached to a laptop computer outside of the U.S. Reason they are getting too bold is because they know they are not going to get caught. And if they did, the local government will not bother them. In addition, they know their country does not have any extradition treaties with the US. so very difficult to prosecute. Part of globalization I guess.
    Hug your bully today

  10. Likes ddnene liked this post
  11. #10
    Drool Catcher OliviaB's Avatar
    Real Name
    Olivia
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    241
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Belle
    Likes (Received)
    69

    Default Re: Medical bills...

    Soooo frustrating...our credit is completely jacked up. There were all sorts of inquiries and things that we have no idea about. We've disputed it all and will talk to an attorney to have it fixed but it's crazy how quickly they can screw up your life. I need a new car this year so this could really affect things if we can't get it all removed quickly Not to mention the fact that some criminal knows private info about my baby...that totally pisses me off.
    "The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
    ― Charles de Gaulle

  12. #11
    Bulldog Vet in Training 2bulldogsstuff's Avatar
    Country
    USA
    Posts
    1,270
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Logan and Brett
    Likes (Received)
    722

    Default Re: Medical bills...

    Definitely a scam. Been getting those calls lately. They would leave a voicemail but will never say the name who they calling for.

  13. #12
    Member of Bulldog Addicts Anonymous Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    RiiSi's Avatar
    Real Name
    Riikka
    Country
    Finland
    Location
    Sysmä
    Posts
    4,709
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Voitto, Taisto, Kylli and Angel-Usko
    Likes (Received)
    2626

    Default Re: Medical bills...

    I was just about to reply that take the matter to the police, but looks like you all ready have...


    Quote Originally Posted by OliviaB View Post
    My husband is a police officer and told the guy that when he was getting threatening. Soon after that he hung up We asked for an invoice to be mailed to us to prove it's legit...I'm not holding my breath for that to happen. We blocked the number.

Remove Ads

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •