SCAM ALERT: Senior Citizens Targeted By Thieves in Sneaky Phone Scam Sweeping the Nation

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November 07, 2018Nov 07, 2018

Scams are horrible. We all know that there are people out there who want nothing more than to steal our hard-earned money and cause us harm. Now, they are trying to do just that with a new, sneaky tactic.

"Every tax season, you hear warnings about phone scammers pretending to be employees with the Internal Revenue Service who are trying to steal your personal information often using threats and bribes. Now, regulators are alerting people about a new 'spoofing' scheme involving fake calls from the Social Security Administration," according to reports.

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The scammers claim that are calling from the Social Security Administration office. They pretend to be SSA employees and are telling unsuspecting victims that their "files" are lacking personal information. They then try to get victims to give them their personal information over the phone.

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"The calls will even look like they are coming from the SSA’s general customer service line: 800-772-1213. The caller will either claim that your SSA file lacks important personal data, such as your Social Security number, or that they need more information in order to increase your benefit payment. They may also threaten to cut off your Social Security payments if you don’t confirm info they have on hand," according to reports.

This scary scam is currently sweeping the nation. A lot of the victims are senior citizens who are specifically targeted by this deception. Please join us in spreading the news about this scam! Be sure to share this article with your friends and parents so they can know it is not real!

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“This caller-ID spoofing scheme exploits SSA’s trusted reputation, and it shows that scammers will try anything to mislead and harm innocent people,” Gale Stallworth Stone, the acting inspector general of Social Security, said in a statement. “I encourage everyone to remain watchful of these schemes and to alert family members and friends of their prevalence.”

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