Scammers claiming there's a surgical mesh class action settlement

By Bryan Cohen | Mar 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) - New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster warned New Hampshire residents on Monday about a potential scam involving phone calls related to a surgical mesh class action settlement.

Foster's office received information about a series of phone calls being made to state residents purporting to inform individuals of their eligibility for payments under a settlement related to the use of surgical mesh. The targets of the calls appear to primarily be women who have had surgery involving surgical mesh.

While the callers allegedly represent they are calling on behalf of a law firm or federal agency, the representations appear to be false.

"Members of a class who are eligible for payment due to a settlement or a verdict will never be asked to reveal their financial or medical information during an initial telephone call," Foster said. "Anyone receiving such a call should immediately hang up."

The potential scam artists have asked New Hampshire citizens for personal information related to their medical history and bank accounts.

"Over the past few years, people have learned not to provide personal information in response to unsolicited emails," Foster said. "People should be equally cautious when responding to unsolicited telephone calls. My office has regularly advised the public to be very careful with their personal information. Scam artists are very good at convincing people that they are dealing with legitimate businesses or government agencies."

Foster said that residents receiving such calls should report them to his office.

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