Attorney General Alert: Scammers Are Threatening Professional License Holders and Demanding Payments
March 18, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is issuing an alert to state licensing boards and professional license holders throughout the state. Scam callers are targeting Arkansans who hold a professional license and claiming their license is under investigation and at risk of being immediately suspended if they don’t make an immediate payment. The scammers have even transferred the license-holders by phone to divisions pretending to be law enforcement.
“If something doesn’t seem quite right, say something,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Arkansas’s professional licensing boards will never call their license holders and demand immediate payment by gift cards or threaten members.”
The scam callers have been posing as agents for the licensing office claiming the licensee is under an “investigation” and the license has been suspended. The license-holder’s caller ID may even display the legitimate licensing office’s phone number that has been spoofed by the scam callers. To further attempt to appear legitimate, the caller may pretend to be a law enforcement officer or transfer the call to another person posing as a law enforcement officer or federal agent. The scammer then offers to fix the problem or issue a temporary license by asking for personally identifiable information and payment, usually by purchasing gift cards, for a bond, such as $5,000.
If any consumer receives any of the scam calls described above, we request that they contact our office at: firstname.lastname@example.org. An investigator will respond to request any additional information needed.
If you have any questions, contact the Attorney General’s Office at ArkansasAG.gov or by calling (800) 482-8982.