CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WFXR) – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is alerting consumers to be mindful of a scam involving Social Security.
This scam is ongoing and often involves unsolicited calls from someone claiming to be with the Social Security Administration.
The scammer tells the consumer that their account has been frozen or compromised and will sometimes threaten arrest.
“This scam is particularly troubling to consumers because no one wants to lose their benefits. If you get one of these calls, hang up and report the call to local authorities and our office. Don’t give in to intimidation tactics and never give out your Social Security number.”Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia Attorney General
Scammers are also asking consumers to verify personal information, including their Social Security number, to replace a Social Security card, fix an issue with their online account, process a cost-of-living adjustment or rectify benefits that have been underpaid and need adjustment.
Scammers are also “spoofing” local numbers to hide the number they are actually calling from.
The term “spoofing” is creating a false phone number to appear on the recipient’s caller ID in hopes that the caller will answer the phone.
Imposters are also sometimes threatening legal action against consumers who do not comply.
Morrisey says this scam is particularly active across West Virginia.
If you receive such a call, contact local authorities as well as the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or report the call by clicking here.
If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808. West Virginia residents can also report the call by clicking here.
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