Sheriff: Fraudulent Social Security Administration calls reported in Douglas County

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a recent scam in the county residents are reporting.

According to the sheriff’s office, residents have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be from the Social Security Administration and stating that their social security numbers have been suspended due to fraudulent activity.

Social security numbers are never suspended and the sheriff’s office states these calls are scams and are attempts to get personal information and money.

Those who receive these calls are advised to hang up, do not provide personal or financial information, and report social security scams here and other imposter scams here.

As a reminder, the sheriff’s office stated the Social Security Administration will never call to:

  • Threaten you with arrest or legal action if you do not pay a debit, fine or fee
  • Suspend you social security number or offer to increase your benefits or resolve identity theft problems in exchange for payment
  • Require payment via retail gift cards, prepaid debit cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or via mailed cash
  • Demand secrecy in handling a social security-related issue or tell you to make up an excuse for your family, friends or bank employees
  • Text you unsolicited to tell you about a problem with your social security number or benefits.
  • Email you attached documents containing personal, identifiable information.

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