Kansas health department warns of prank calls about STD infection

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GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

A southwest Kansas health department their phone number has been spoofed and residents are getting prank calls telling them they may have sexually transmitted diseases. 

The Finney County Health Department said in a news release that any of those calls did not come from them. The prank calls consist of a recording informing area residents that they've been identified as possibly having an STD or may have had contact with someone who has an STD, the health department said in a news release.

Here are some tips to verify whether the health department is actually attempting to contact you regarding your protected health information or any visits to the facility in Finney County:

  • They will never send you a recording to relay this type of sensitive information.
  • Their staff will always identify themselves by name and leave a voicemail if they have missed you, asking you to return their phone call. Staff will not discuss any protected health information in a voicemail.
  • If you have visited the Health Department for any type of STD-related reason, staff will ask you for your password/code to discuss any of your protected health information over the phone.
  • When screening for STDs, staff ask the patients to give us contact information for anyone they may have had sexual relations with in the last 2-3 months. If the patient is positive, staff will then make phone calls to the identified contacts, urging them to come to the health department for screening and/or treatment. They will never reveal the identity of the person that named them as a contact.

If you receive any phone call that may seem suspicious, please contact the health department at (620) 272-3600.