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Live Recording Of A Social Security Scam Call-It Sounds Convincing


Here's the wording of a fraudulent phone call(we have the audio above) designed to find out what your Social Security number is...

"..Enforcement agencies are going to suspend your Social Security number on an immediate basis as we have received suspicious trails of information in your name. The moment you get this message I need you to get back to me on my department toll free number..verify the last four digits of your Social Security number to better assist you with this issue. If I don't hear a call from you we will have to issue an arrest warrant under your name and get your arrested. Get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you...."

A robocall received by the state Division of Consumer Protection. Division Director Michelle Reinen says the thief uses a Caller ID number that appears legitimate which can deceive the public into thinking it's a legitimate.

She says the message sounds real...

"..Scam artists want you to confirm your Social Security number back to them so they can reactivate it. No one ever wants that suspension of their number. Again, you may want to act so there is no problem..."

As soon as you give your number, they have your identity which can lead to a host of problems. They ask for information about your bank account, possibly putting your money on a gift card or a number of other ways to steal your money. Reinen says the Social Security Administration doesn't do business this way.

She says remember the federal government is shut down right now..

"But the govenment doesn't make unsolicited phone calls, and they don't threaten to suspend your information. If there's a problem or a concern with your account or number, they're going to notify you via mail. They will provide you with contact information. They're not going to threaten benefits. They not going to ask you to wire money, send cash or put money on a gift card..."

If you want more information go to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection website under Consumer Protection Fact Sheets, or call 800-422-7128.

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