Discount Prescription Scam

The high cost of healthcare means scammers can lure you in with promises of inexpensive prescriptions.  

Who Is It Targeting: Pharmacy patients 

What Is It: Phishing scam that steals your financial information 

What Are They After: In this scam, callers reach out to consumers with offers of high-dollar prescription drugs for a tiny fraction of their cost. You’re told you qualified for this special program for being a pharmacy customer, or because it’s being offered in your community as a test market, or any other plausible reason. Once the caller has your financial information—presumably to bill you for your lower-cost name brand prescriptions—they use it to pile up thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges. 

How Can You Avoid It:

  • If there is a legitimate prescription drug savings plan, you will be informed about it through genuine means and required to sign up.
  • Drug companies and pharmacies do not cold call the public, hoping to sell inexpensive prescription drugs.
  • Never give out your financial information or your personal data to someone who contacts you. 

Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from WMKY.org.


If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530.

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