SD Dept. of Health and Board of Nursing warn of scam targeting nurses

The South Dakota Health Department and the South Dakota Board of Nursing warn of an ongoing scam targeting licensed nurses. It’s carried out via threatening phone calls and email.

The scammers tell potential victims their license is, or will be suspended or revoked pending an investigation. The scammers claim the nurse must pay a set dollar amount to prevent the action.

The Department of Health and Board of Nursing say they never ask for personal information and they don’t request payment connected to any disciplinary action.

In some cases, the scammer instructs victims to wire or e-transfer money to accounts or recipients that are located outside the country, another red-flag.

It’s not clear how many of South Dakota’s roughly 25,000 licensed nurses may have been targeted or contacted by these scammers. If you have been, contact the Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Protection at 800-300-1986.


September 16, 2021