JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – A scam involving a request for Social Security numbers is happening. “We recently have been made aware of citizens receiving telephone calls from people claiming to be with the Social Security Administration. They are requesting personal information or for you to return a telephone call. If you don’t, they tell you that you will be arrested,” Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins said.
The sheriff emphasizes, “This is a scam. Do not give them personal information, and there is no concern of arrest. Please pass this along.”
Below are warning signs that will assist you in identifying a scam:
The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates that scammers call thousands of Americans every day, looking to wangle personal information, steal benefits or both. It’s a common form of government impostor scam, in which fraudsters pose as government officials to get you to send money or give up personal and financial data for use in identity theft
* You get an unsolicited call from someone claiming to work for SSA. Except in rare circumstances, you will not get a call from Social Security unless you have already been in contact with the agency.
* The caller asks for your Social Security number — again, something an actual SSA employee wouldn’t do.
* A call or email threatens consequences, such as arrest, loss of benefits or suspension of your Social Security number, if you do not provide a payment or personal information
Goins urges not respond to a scam email. He cautions that with scam telephone calls the best remedy is to hang up. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/31/2019-6AM)