Social Security call scam increasing in region

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UPDATE, WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 1 P.M.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – First it was Lawrenceburg Police and some surrounding communities issuing warnings last week after receiving complaints.

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Now the Better Business Bureau says a scam using Social Security as a hook is spreading across the region and state.

In an advisory sent Wednesday, the Better Business Bureau said it is hearing from senior citizens about scammers calling them pretending to be with the Social Security Administration.

Seniors reporting these calls say they’re told their numbers have been used in “criminal activity” and must call a number to keep their benefits from being suspended.

“This is an old scam, but is hitting central and eastern Kentucky hard right now,” said Heather Clary, communications director for the BBB serving Central & Eastern Kentucky.  “Our staff has taken nearly 10 calls just this morning. These scammers try to frighten senior citizens who depend upon those payments into giving out their Social Security numbers and other personal information that can be used for identity theft.”

Most of the callers to the BBB have been in their 80s and 90s. All hung up before giving any information to the con artists.

“We want to alert the public that these calls have picked up again so you can warn loved ones, neighbors or friends to be on the lookout. The Social Security Administration does NOT call you with threats like this,” Clary said.

The agency reminds the public to NEVER give personal information to unsolicited callers. If someone calls unsolicited, refuse to tell them any personal information, no matter what scare tactic they use.

Remember, the SSA will never call you asking for your Social Security number. They will never ask you to pay anything, nor will they threaten your benefits.

Don’t trust your caller ID. The internet has made it possible for scammers to use fake IDs when they call your home. If you receive a suspicious call, don’t make any important decisions based on what your caller ID says.

Contact the Social Security Administration: If concerned about a call, call the real SSA at 1-800-772-1213.

ORIGINAL STORY, MONDAY, JULY 6

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Many people may have taken a few days off for the Fourth of July, but scammers didn’t.

Lawrenceburg Police have issued a warning after receiving reports of scammers calling residents trying to get important financial information.

According to the department, the scammer has been calling citizens and asking if local law enforcement has contacted them about their Social Security number being used in the commission of a crime.

The scammer has information about the citizen such as current address and birthday. The scammer then asks the citizen to verify their personal information, including their Social Security number.

Ayone who receives a call like this one or anything that appears to be a scam should report it to the Kentucky Attorney General Consumer Protection Hotline: 888-432-9257
or text “KYOAG Scam” to GOV311.