QLD Health warns of hoax calls

QUEENSLAND Health is warning people to be aware of potential hoax callers requesting donations claiming to be from BreastScreen Australia.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said Queensland Health had received reports of a hoax caller asking for donations to raise money for women who needed accommodation while having treatment for breast cancer.

“The callers are making false claims they are ringing on behalf of BreastScreen Australia,” Dr Young said.

“Neither BreastScreen Australia or BreastScreen Queensland depend on donations from the public for any services they provide, nor as government agencies are they involved in charitable organisations seeking donations.

“I urge people not to donate money or give out their bank details to people requesting donations by phone or letter.

“People should always be wary of anyone ringing and asking for bank details for any type of healthcare or charity.”

Queensland Health’s BreastScreen Queensland Program is part of the BreastScreen Australia Program and provides women over 50 with free, high-quality, evidence-based breast cancer screening. Women in their 40s and over 70 are also eligible to attend.

Women can ring 132 050 to make a booking for a Breastscreen.

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