Bearing the hospital's logo and warning that patients' Social Security numbers, driver license numbers, medical records and bank account information have likely been compromised, the letters instruct recipients to call an "identify theft specialist" at a special hotline number provided in the letter, according to local news reports.
Memorial officials say the letters are fake and that the there has been no security breach at the hospital. They also note that the hospital does not store bank account information in their records. Police strongly suspect a scam and are alerting the community.
The letter has some discrepancies that authorities are alerting residents to in an effort to help recognize the fake letters, including misspelling Memorial's name and omitting details about the breach itself.
No word yet on whether any patients have actually call the phony "specialists" or been asked to reveal any personal data.
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