Troopers of the Indiana State Police Putnamville District has been advised by several citizens of scammers using the identification of Social Security Administration stating that there are issues with your social security number. This is an attempt for scammers to get your social security number and personal information for identification theft.
When receiving a call, never assume the caller ID is correct, and know that scammers will often use the names and numbers of local or national agencies or even your own family members. If you receive a call from a number you don’t recognize, don’t answer. If it’s someone that needs you, they will leave a voicemail. If in doubt, call the local agency or family member back to verify the call or voicemail.
As a reminder, never give out personal information such as date of birth, social security number, or credit card number. Many of these scammers want you to make a hasty decision and may pressure you or use fear to get your money or personal information. Be aware that transactions made by prepaid card or wire transfer are nearly impossible to recover once sent.
The best defense against these scams is a well-informed public with a healthy dose of mistrust when receiving an unsolicited phone call or email asking for money, a hasty decision, or personal information.
It is important for everyone to talk to their family about these phone scams and to have a plan in place should a scammer call you or someone you love. Because phone scams have become nothing short of an epidemic, being aware of potential scams is a great first step in protecting yourself from falling victim to one.