It is very ironic that I am posting this post from the police department facebook page as I received two of these calls today stating that my Social Security info had been compromised and I was instructed to call them back immediately as it was of the utmost importance in order to protect my assets. I thought it would be prudent to reach out to my readers with this Scam Alert message from Sgt Jennifer Frank and the Norwich Police Department.
A story that hopefully will provide a warning to be alert if and when it happens to you.
S: Scam Alert from the VT Attorney General's Office - Social Security Administration
Scammers are posing as the Social Security Administration claiming social security numbers have been compromised. If you receive this call, hang up. Have questions or concerns? Call the Consumer Assistance Program at 800-649-2424.
This item # 22 was taken from the list serve dated 12/15/2018 (Today) I felt it was very relative to this story and the more we know about this subject the better we will be prepared.
22. SCAMMERS are IMPERSONATING the SOCIAL SECURIY ADINISTRATION
From: "Robinson, Doug" <Doug.Robinson@vermont.gov>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:36:13 +0000
RECENT SOCIAL SECURITY SCAMS
Your Social Security number is an important key for an identity thief. Scammers want it, and they think of all sorts of ways to trick you into giving it away.
We have been getting reports about calls from scammers claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. They say there's been a computer problem, and they need to confirm your Social Security number.
Other people have reported that they have come across spoof websites that look like the place where you would apply for a new Social Security card - but these websites are actually a setup to steal your personal information.
Others have reported that the callers (SCAMMERS) have threatened that they will lose their Social Security Benefits or Medicare benefits if they are not provided with some personal information.
If you get a phone call or are directed to a website other than ssa.gov that is claiming to be associated with the Social Security Administration, don't respond. It's most likely a scam.
Here's some tips to deal with these government imposters:
Don't give the caller your information. Never give out or confirm sensitive information - like your bank account, credit card, or Social Security number - unless you know who you're dealing with. If someone has contacted you, you can't be sure who they are.
Don't trust a name or number. Con artists use official-sounding names to make you trust them. To make their call seem legitimate, scammers use internet technology to spoof their area code - so although it may seem they are calling from Washington, DC, they could be calling from anywhere in the world.
Check with the Social Security Administration. The SSA has a warning about these scams and suggests you contact them directly at 1-800-772-1213 to verify the reason for the contact and the person's identity prior to providing any information to the caller.
If you come across one of these scams, please report it to the Social Security Administration's Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271, or 1-866-501-2101(TTY), and then tell the FTC about it.
Thank You / Stay Safe
Chief Douglas A. Robinson
Norwich Police Department
10 Hazen Street / P.O. Box 311
Norwich, Vermont 05055
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