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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Scammers Claiming to be Representatives of the Social Security Administration

In recent weeks, several Wright County residents have been receiving both live calls and robot calls from individuals claiming to be from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) saying that there is a problem with their Social Security Number and, in some cases, claiming that law enforcement may be coming to arrest them. These are scammers that are trying to take advantage of people to get them to provide their SSN or send them money to rectify the problem.

The Social Security Administration rarely calls people and are never calling from a call center where you can clearly hear other scammers on other calls. The SSA will never make threats to you, claim they will suspend your SSN, demand payment in cash, gift cards, pre-paid debit cards or wire transfer. If you receive an email or text claiming to be the SSA, be advised that the only people who receive either of those are individuals who have already opted in to receive them and those are very rare.

To learn more about what criminals may do or ask, or how to submit a report to the real SSA, go the following website: https://www.ssa.gov/scam/ 

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