Telephone scammers claiming to be from the Social Security Administration are targeting telephone numbers in this area. They obviously use an automated program to dial the numbers because they called the police department 2 separate times today. Unfortunately an hour later a resident came to the police station to report the same scam. She was on the phone with the scammer for over 30 minutes but eventually realized it was a scam and did not lose any money.
The telephone number that called the police department showed on the caller ID as an "888" number and displayed as "US Government." The scammer told the police officer there was a warrant for his arrest and that his social security number has been suspended. The phone number is "spoofed"........the bad guys can make the number on the caller ID appear as any number / name they want. The investigation reveals the call originated from outside the Country.
There are many scams out there. Never give personal information to a caller unless you can verify who they are. Banks, credit card companies, government agencies, etc, will not call people and ask them to reveal information about themselves. Government agencies will not call someone, tell them there is a warrant for their arrest, and tell them they will be arrested unless they provide money to the caller. (A common tactic is for the bad guy to convince the victim to purchase pre-paid gift cards. Many times the scammer will stay on the phone with the victim while they drive to a retail store to purchase the cards. Once the cards are purchased the scammer convinces the victim to provide the numbers on the gift card.)
Please share this information with family and friends to help keep them from falling victim to these individuals. If you work at a location that sells gift cards, provides money orders, a bank, etc, do not be afraid to say something to the person at your place of employment if you feel they might be in the process of being scammed.