Scammers Using Threatening Tones to Intimidate People to Get Personal Data
The Sunpee Police Department is reporting that “There is a new scam in town. This one is similar to the IRS scam except that the caller claims to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The caller uses a threatening tone in an attempt to intimidate people into providing their personal information, i.e., Social Security number, etc.
“The Social Security Administration has a very helpful and informative webpage at their website that provides detailed information about this scam and ways to avoid falling victim to it.”
According to the SSA website, “You must always remember that you’re in control. Also remember that Social Security will never do any of the following:
Call you to demand an immediate payment;
Demand that you pay a debt without the ability to appeal the amount you owe;
Require a specific means of payment, such as requiring you to pay with a prepaid debit card;
Ask you for your personal information or credit or debit card numbers over the phone or threaten you with arrest or deportation.”
If you receive one of these scam calls or emails, do not provide them with any information. You should:
Hang up immediately;
For Social Security impersonations, contact Social Security’s Office of Inspector General at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.
If you receive a notice from Social Security, you are asked to use the telephone numbers provided in the notice sent to you. You can also call 1-800-772-1213 or visit socialsecurity.gov for how to contact Social Security. Remember that scammers try to stay a step ahead of the curve. You can do the same by protecting your information.