ISP Evansville Post receives complaints about Social Security scam

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Indiana State Police detectives at the Evansville Post have received complaints about a social security scam.

ISP says someone claiming to be a representative from the Social Security Administration says there’s an issue with your social security number.

And police say the scammer just wants personal information from you, including your social security number.

Police say the caller may tell you that additional money or rebates are possible, but they need your personal information to move forward.

If anyone wants to report a call from someone they think was impersonating a Social Security Administration employee, call the Office of the Inspector General at 800-269-0271.

ISP has some tips to avoid being scammed:

• Don’t assume the caller identification information is accurate. Scammers use “spoofing” technology to trick caller ID.
• If you don’t recognize the phone number, don’t answer.
• Don’t call a phone number left on your voice mail by a robocaller.
• Social Security Administration employees will never threaten you to obtain information or promise benefits in exchange for information from you.
• Never give your personal information over the phone or email.
• Never make a payment by using prepaid cards or wire transfer. These transactions are nearly impossible to recover.

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(This story was originally published on September 13, 2019)

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