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Update: Fraudulent ADA dues billing reported

1/9/2012

By Karen Fox
American Dental Association

If you recently received a membership renewal communication by fax, take a closer look.

A number of member and nonmember dentists have contacted the ADA regarding the faxes, prompting the Association to distribute the following alert:

“The ADA does not use fax communications to collect membership dues. The ADA does not sell, rent of publish in any way the fax numbers of current or former members dentists in our database.”

In addition, “If your office is in receipt of a fax as described above, do not respond or send any payment to the P.O. box listed.”

The fax appears to be a standard invoice that asks the recipient to send a $575 payment to the American Dental Association/ADA Association, Membership Processing Dept., P.O. Box 1403, Brockton, MA 02303-1483.

The ADA has contacted the appropriate authorities regarding the fraud, and on Jan. 3 alerted constituent and component societies; member and nonmembers dentists with an email address in the database; recognized specialty organizations; the Academy of General Dentistry; the National Dental Association; the Hispanic Dental Association and the Society of American Indian Dentists.

“Getting the word out and taking steps to protect our members have been our top priorities,” said ADA Executive Director Kathleen O’Loughlin, adding that there was no breach of ADA information or member data.  “We’ll continue to update members as we learn more, too.”

Dentists are urged to share this information with the staff on their dental team and contact the ADA Member Service Center at the toll-free number with questions or concerns.

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