The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has cautioned local residents regarding another social security phone scam that has been making the rounds.
According to a release, the Sheriff’s Office has received several calls from citizens stating that they received a phone call where the caller says he’s from the government and their Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended. The release stated that scammers are trying to trick people out of their personal information by telling them that they need to “reactivate” their supposedly “suspended” SSN. The scammers say the SSN was suspended because of some connection to fraud or other criminal activity and to call a number to clear it up and when you call them back, they ask for personal information.
Social Security numbers do not get suspended.
“This is a scam that is after your actual SSN, bank account number or other personal information. In this scam, the caller pretends to be protecting you from a scam while he’s trying to lure you into one,” the release says.
Here are a few tips to protect yourself should you or someone you know receive one of these calls:
First, never give out or confirm personal information over the phone, via email or on a website until you’ve checked out whoever is asking you for it.
Secondly, do not trust a name, phone number or email address just because it seems to be connected with the government. Con artists use official-sounding names and may fake caller ID or email address information to make you trust them.
Lastly, contact government agencies directly, using telephone numbers and website addresses you know to be legitimate. If someone has tried to steal your personal information by pretending to be from the government, you can report it at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.