Poison control centers warning of fraudulent phone calls

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (KETK) - The American Association of Poison Control Centers is warning the public about fraudulent phone calls from a number identified by caller ID as the National Poison Help Hotline.

The phone number that comes up with caller ID is 1-800-222-1222.

The AAPCC stresses that these are not legitimate calls from Poison Control Centers.

Calls have ranged from silence on one end of the phone, to robo-calls, to aggression, to soliciting money, to asking for personal information, the association said in a press release on its website.

The caller has in some instances identified himself as “Justin” and in some instances has been reported as having a Caribbean-sounding accent. It appears that in many instances the caller is preying on the elderly - suggesting that they have little time left to live.

The association reminds people that Poison Control Centers will never ask for personal information such as social security number or credit card information and will only call individuals to follow up on medical issues.

Anyone who receives these calls is asked to report them to Poison Control at the National Poison Help Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 with as much detail as possible.

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