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Consumer Scam Alert: Fake Social Security Administration Callers Targeting Individuals

by ECT
District Attorney

Martinez, Calif. – Today, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is issuing a consumer protection scam alert to notify residents of fraudulent phone calls from callers pretending to be from the Social Security Administration. These scammers are claiming you need to pay a fee to unlock your Social Security number as a result of criminal activity. The callers are specifically asking for the individual to confirm their Social Security number.

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission confirmed an increase activity of these scammers.  These telephone scams are attempting to collect personal information from unsuspecting residents.

Please remember the following:

  • The Social Security Administration will never call and ask for your Social Security number.
  • You will never be asked to pay anything over the phone by an authorized member of the Social Security Administration.
  • Do not give out your Social Security number or the last four digits to anyone contacting you.
  • If anyone asks you to pay them with a gift card, cash or a wire transfer, this is evidence of a scam.

When residents give out their personal information, the scammers will use this information to commit identity theft.

To report this fraudulent activity please contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213. To file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission please visit their website.

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Black Bart Dec 22, 2018 - 1:17 am

I got a call like that a few days ago! After listening to their spiel, I told them to “go pack sand.” Actually, I told them to do something to themselves I cannot exactly post here.

Rod Dec 22, 2018 - 12:05 pm

Actually, I just LOVE when these scammers call! I keep them talking as long as I can and make them think they will gain some money from me. I got one to actually state that he will send a limo for me to take to the store where I can get a gift card to send them. As to giving them “my” Social Security number? I gave them my deceased great-grandmother’s and they were delighted. It’s fun to string them along … and this way you can practice your comedic skills.

Martin No Middle Name Dec 22, 2018 - 10:05 pm

I love the callers who claim they are from the (get this) Internal Review Service Criminal Investigation Division and tell you that you owe over $2000 in back taxes and you should head immediately to your local 7/11 and purchase gift card in that amount OR you will find the police at your door in an hour to arrest you. HA HA HA HA HA! The number displayed on the cell phone looks a lot like your neighbor’s number.

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