Attorney General Janet Mills warned the public on Tuesday of a new phone scam in which the caller tells the recipient that they have received an award from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The call recipient is then asked to pay $200 for an access code to get the award, Mills said in a statement Tuesday.

“If you receive a similar call, don’t be fooled,” said Mills. "The government will not call you to ask for your credit card information over the phone.”

AG Mills stated that one individual received a phone call claiming that the consumer had been awarded a grant of money from DHHS. The caller asked the individual to pay $200 for an access code to receive the grant.

Consumers can contact the Maine Attorney General’s Office with questions or concerns about the scam. Individuals are encouraged to contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.

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