Erlanger Health System warns Chattanooga area residents about spoof calls

Staff photo by Jenna Walker/Chattanooga Times Free Press - Mar 3, 2011 -- Building mug of Erlanger Hosptial in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Erlanger Health System officials are warning Chattanooga area residents about spoofing calls being made from telemarketing companies and businesses that are not affiliated with Erlanger, according to a news release.

The random sales calls are being generated by individuals and computerized systems derived from other databases and phone lists that pretend to be from Erlanger representatives. So far, the two numbers that have been reported by Erlanger to the Federal Communications Commission for making the calls are 706-617-6270 and 706-330-2206.

Caller ID spoofing happens when a caller knowingly falsifies the info transmitted to disguise the number they're calling from, according to Verizon Wireless.

Erlanger does not make cold calls to sell services, the release states. Anyone who receives these types of calls not related to Erlanger business and patient care are urged to call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322) or visit to report them.

Erlanger patient information has not been compromised with the calls, according to the release.