State health officials warn of phone scam

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) says someone is calling people in South Carolina, posing as a health department employee seeking private information.

Officials say the caller reportedly contacts people and asks about recent surgeries. The caller tells the citizen that they might be eligible for reimbursement.

DHEC says the agency is not responsible for the calls, and they have referred the incident to the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

DHEC says if its employees contact people, they provide appropriate identification and a legitimate phone number.

If you receive a suspicious phone call, contact your local law enforcement agency.