Real estate agents are a dime a dozen.
Some even advertise their work as being a doctor’s appointment.
But a recent report by the Texas Health & Human Services Commission, obtained by medical news website Medical News Now, found that some medical listings are fraudulent, with real estate agents posing as doctors.
The commission said it had conducted the study to identify medical-related listings that are being posted on Craigslist.
The listing is called “Dr. Bob” and is for a “special appointment,” the commission said.
A quick Google search reveals it’s a bogus medical appointment, listing doctors with a “doctors office” and a “dentist.”
“Dr Bob” also states the appointment will take place at “3:30pm.”
The next day, “Dr.”
Bob will appear on the front page of the site with an address of 821 S. West Loop.
A Google search on “DrBob” reveals it is a fake.
In a statement, Texas Health said the agency does not comment on individual cases, except to say, “The investigation into these listings is ongoing.”
The commission noted the sites are often linked on the internet.
The Texas Medical Association, which represents licensed medical practitioners in the state, did not immediately return a request for comment.
A Craigslist ad for an “exercise trainer” from November 2014 said the trainer will be at the same time as the doctor, at “4:30 PM.”
A “doctored appointment” for a doctor in October 2016 said the doctor would be “at 5:00 PM.”
“We’re working to get the website up and running as soon as possible,” said Chris Breslin, president of the Texas Medical Assn.
“If someone can provide information that could help us identify any fraudulent listings, then we’ll take action.”
A medical-equipment-repair shop ad in February said the repair shop was “open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
The company that sells the goods in the ads also has a fake doctor listed.
The owner of the business, who has not responded to requests for comment, also listed a fake address for his business in a Facebook post.
In April, an insurance agent for a medical clinic listed his real name on a medical-insurance-services website.
In August, a medical home-inspection company advertised for a physician.
The company’s “medical staff” is listed as a doctor at a “medical practice.”
In a Facebook message, the company said it “does not allow our doctors to be listed in medical-care sites” because “medical professionals cannot be considered physicians.”
The site for the HomeCare of Austin, which advertises on Craigslist for a housekeeper, also lists the same fake address.
The HomeCare’s owner, who declined to comment, told Medical News NOW that she was not aware of any other fraudulent listings.
“We are working to make the website as safe as possible and that includes removing any and all fake listings that may be on the site,” she wrote in an email.
“Our team is working to keep the website safe.”