Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington warns of a rip-off during which callers are pretending to be from the Social Safety Administration threatening residents.
“Please don’t fall for this rip-off,” warned Sheriff Whittington. “I do know individuals get nervous after they get a lot of these telephone calls, particularly relating to their social safety. Scammers will usually contact our seniors, who usually really feel susceptible, and I wish to assist them keep away from turning into a sufferer of this fraud.”
Social Safety says if there’s a drawback, they’ll mail you a letter, until you could have requested a name or have ongoing enterprise with them. The most recent rip-off trick of utilizing robocalls or reside callers has elevated. Fraudsters fake to be authorities workers and declare there may be id theft or one other drawback with one’s Social Safety quantity, account, or advantages.
Scammers could threaten arrest or different authorized motion, or could provide to extend advantages, defend belongings, or resolve id theft. They usually demand cost through retail present playing cards, wire transfers, pre-paid debit playing cards, web forex, or mailing money.
Social Safety says they’ll by no means:
Droop your Social Safety quantity.
Demand quick cost from you.
Require cost by money, present card, pre-paid debit card, web forex, or wire switch.
Ask for present card numbers over the telephone or to wire or mail money.
In case you obtain a suspicious name, textual content, or e-mail, do that:
DO not return unknown calls, texts, or emails.
Don’t give cash or private info.
Report the rip-off to the Workplace of the Inspector Basic (OIG) at oig.ssa.gov/rip-off.
As at all times, you possibly can report scams or some other kinds of crimes at any time to the Bossier Sheriff’s Workplace at (318) 965-2203.
Discover extra about Social Safety scams at https://faq.ssa.gov/en-us/Matter/article/KA-10018.