Another day, another fraud attempt.
Rogers County Sheriff’s Office said there’s yet another scam targetting area residents.
In this iteration of a common fraudulent call, people receive calls advising them that their social security number has been compromised or suspended.
“In the latest fraud attempt, the victim received a telephone call that appeared to be from our Rogers County Sheriff’s Office phone,” RCSO shared. “The person on the other end of the phone had told the victim that their Social Security number was being used to commit several types of criminal activity.”
RCSO said the caller instructed the victim to proceed to their bank and “‘close out’ their bank account, and transfer the money to a separate location, in order to allegedly ‘protect’ their money from being accessed by people who had access to their Social Security number.”
RCSO said, “The suspects on the phone, posing as law enforcement personnel, had convinced the victim that she was going to receive a new Social Security number, but in the interim, she needed to follow specific money transfer instructions, as a method of protecting the money in her bank account, and keeping her from being arrested.”
As a word of caution to Rogers County residents, RCSO advised that their agency does not call individuals and threaten arrest over the phone.
The Federal Trade Commission’s consumer information site breaks down the scam saying simply—”Your social security number isn’t suspended. Ever.”
They report, “The FTC has gotten reports about scammers trying to trick people out of their personal information by telling them that they need to “reactivate” their supposedly “suspended” SSNs.”
The FTC added, “Thing is, Social Security numbers do not get suspended. This is just a variation of a government imposter scam that’s after your SSN, bank account number, or other personal information. In this variation of the scheme, the caller pretends to be protecting you from a scam while he’s trying to lure you into one.”
They remind people to never give out personal information over the phone, via email, or on a website unless you’ve verified whoever is requesting the information.
They also warn against trusting a name, phone number, or email address just because it seems to be connected with a government entity.
“Con artists use official-sounding names and may fake caller ID or email address information to make you trust them. Besides, the government normally contacts people by postal mail,” they said.
“Contact government agencies directly, using telephone numbers and website addresses you know to be legitimate.