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By: Rony 2018-06-27 17:35:41 Comment: Rating:

Phone scam targeting Social Security numbers

Beware of people who claim to be with the U.S. Social Security Administration.

A scam alert recently has been released. The scam artists call an intended victim, pose as Social Security Administration (SSA) agents and claim the victim’s Social Security number has been stolen. One victim in Louisville was tricked into giving the scammers her Social Security number and paying $600 via a prepaid card. The scammer said the fee was to issue the woman a new Social Security number and Social Security card.

The right thing to do is to hang up on any caller who asks for your Social Security number. Never provide your Social Security number or other sensitive information, like your bank account or credit card number, over the phone —unless you are confident who you are talking with.

Phone scams from people pretending to work for the federal government — such as scammers claiming to be with the IRS and demanding immediate payment of owed taxes or claiming to be with the FBI, threatening arrest — are common. Many others were recently targeted by a Medicare card scam in which scammer claimed enrollees needed to hand over personal and financial information or make a payment over the phone to activated their new Medicare card. Scams are also frequently reported in which the scammer claims to be with a local law enforcement agency, and the target needs to make a payment to avoid being arrested.

Here are some ways to protect yourself from what it calls “government impostor scams”:

- Verify information with the legitimate government organization. If you get a call claiming to be from a government official, you can hang up and call the official number of that agency to find out if the call was legitimate.
- Don’t trust a cold caller. Scammer use official-sounding names to make you trust them. They use technology to fake the area code to make it look like they are calling from Washington, D.C., but could be calling from anywhere in the world. That practice is known as spoofing.
- Don’t use untraceable payment methods. If you are asked to make a payment using a wire transfer, a gift card or cash, it is most likely a scam.
- Report scams to local police or official government departments.

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  • Rebecca
    2018-07-20 20:03:01
    Call type: scam
    Rating: -5

    Soliciting funds from a minor for a fake un-named lawsuit

  • Daniel
    2018-07-20 19:57:37
    Call type: scam
    Rating: 0

    Message received in Canada

  • Thor
    2018-07-20 19:53:47
    Call type: scam
    Rating: -5

    This number is a scammer from dating site asking for money

  • George Smith
    2018-07-20 19:37:02
    Call type: telemarketer
    Rating: -2

    Sharayah

  • NL
    2018-07-20 19:27:52
    Call type: scam
    Rating: -5

    Taxes scam ... going to jail,etc.

  • Drag
    2018-07-20 19:24:29
    Call type: unknown
    Rating: 0

    Called, did not leave voice mail.

  • John
    2018-07-20 19:22:54
    Call type: scam
    Rating: -5

    l/m i called them back they did not say anything

  • Complete Scam
    2018-07-20 19:16:03
    Call type: scam
    Rating: -5

    Rec'd a voice mail stating I will be taken into custody by the local cops if I do not call back and take care of this issue. You have 4 serious allegations on your name. Call 240-319-4845 to take care of this. Repeat call 315-860-0456. Yes, they gave 2 different numbers!!!

  • Tammy
    2018-07-20 19:10:06
    Call type: unknown
    Rating: 0

    I received a call from unknown person.

  • B. Gapa
    2018-07-20 19:08:34
    Call type: scam
    Rating: -5

    IRS lies.

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