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MASON CITY | The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is warning area residents of a home care scam. 

The health department and law enforcement have received reports involving a person going into homes and stating that they are from the health department or human services office or that they are working with the health department.

The latest scam includes reports of an individual asking to see medications and offering medical equipment, which may be harmful to the patient, the health department said in a news release. 

Prescription medications have also been reported stolen. A woman posing as a Worth County Public Health or Worth County Home Care public therapy nurse is reported to have possibly stolen drugs from Worth County residents in the last few weeks, according to law enforcement. 

“If you do not see a Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health vehicle with appropriate signage, you do not recognize the person, or the individual is unable to show you an official Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health name tag, please call us right away,” Cerro Gordo County Public Health Director Ron Osterholm said in a statement. “Do not give out any information or let the individual into your home until you have confirmed it is an employee with our department.”

To verify a legitimate Cerro Gordo Public Health employee is at your home, call 641-421-9300. Suspicious individuals should be reported to local law enforcement. 

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.




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