Social Security Scam Warning

scam5The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA) continues to warn the public and Social Security beneficiaries in particular, to be aware of fraud scams that target personal information. The SSA website reminds people that criminals use phone calls, emails, and other methods to obtain personal information, then use it to commit identity theft.
The latest scam is taking place in Coffee County. Citizens are receiving calls from scammers telling the intended victim that their card has been used in fraud cases. They go on to say they need the victims Social Security number and money so they can put a freeze on the number.
Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves warns area citizens to not fall prey to scammers, saying that you should never give out personal information unless you can verify the request.
The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration website warns that identity thieves obtain personal information in any number of ways. They may pose as Government officials in an attempt to convince you to provide personal and financial information.
To help prevent this type of fraud, the Inspector General website recommends that you:

Never provide your personal information when receiving unsolicited calls or contacts

Never agree to accept pre-paid debit cards or credit cards in another person’s name

Never agree to send or wire money to an unknown person

Always contact your local SSA office if you receive a call from a person claiming to be from SSA, and that person asks you to provide your Social Security number or other information.

To verify the legitimacy of a caller who claims to be an SSA employee, call your local Social Security office or Social Security’s toll-free customer service number at 1-800-772-1213.