Lakewood residents are being hit with the latest ‘Social Security’ scam, victims reported to TLS.
The scammers, listing their numbers as ‘Social Security’, threaten residents with arrest.
One resident told TLS, “I just got a phone call on my cell that it’s the social security department calling to tell me my SS# looks suspicious. They asked me if I was aware. They said I should give it to them to verify. I said I will call them back if they give me a SS tel # to call them back, which I did while I was on the phone with them.
I got through, but was on hold. The guy said I can’t hang up that line because I’ll be under arrest.
I called the police while I was on to verify if I’ll be under arrest. She said, “you know we don’t do that, so just hang up.”
Earlier this month, TLS reported about the scam from the real Social Security office.
The SSA stated, “Please beware of individuals impersonating Social Security employees over the phone. Reports about fraudulent phone calls from people claiming to be from SSA continue to increase, and recent reports have indicated unknown callers are using increasingly threatening language in these calls. If you suspect you have received a scam call, you should hang up, and then report details of the call to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271.”
Anout a month ago, i received a call from them, coming up as social security administration, with social security’s correct number, saying that it looks like someone stole my identity and they want to verify, so i should just verify my ss#. At that point i said thanks, I’ll call you right back. To make sure, i called ss,who said they’d never do that, and i was right for not giving out my number. If anyone ever calls you and you are in doubt, call ball the number of the agency (not necessarily the# on your id, though it was that number in this case) and verify
Thank you for this info. The greater the awareness… the less people fall for the scam.
It’s very simple no federal agency calls people they have to send letters
I received a call a week ago regarding my ss number so I spoke to the Foreign speaking “agent” and before the person said hello I told them in a very strong way that if you call again I’ll report you to the police fbi and the Lakewood scoop(just kidding) and then hung up, I haven’t been harassed since!!
Tell then there’s a government shutdown. The SS office isn’t calling they’re closed!
I got a call from the “IRS” . Actually I got avoice mail to my cell phone. (I don’t answer calls unless I recognize who’se calling and if they leave a message I listen to the voicemail)They left a threatening sounding message which sounded phony, so I called their number from my house phone and they answered as “IRS”. I should have played around with them, but I just told them that they’re scamming people and I will report them to the FBI. They hung up on me. Of course they had a foreign accent
I got a call this morning with a similar scam the caller ID said Sheriffs Office and the number was real it was the Tampa FL Sheriffs office. When I answered they said hi Mrs… we have your grandson… I just hung up at that point. Bh I realized but ppl must be aware that if you get a phone call never give any information out even if it sounds real.
The IRS call hounded me for many weeks. A few weeks ago I got a call from “Chase Bank”, that someone used my debit card, they gave me the last 4 numbers on my card, they gave me my SS # correctly, too. They then said that to continue helping me out, I need to just give them the PIN number to verify..:: or maybe it was the password on my account, I don’t remember. I said I’d call back. They said “Look on your Chase account, this is a Chase number”. They made me so nervous, I hung up. I called that number, it was the Chase Bank, I had a long conversation with various departments, they were quite perplexed. It was a scam!
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