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Stallion Springs PD warns community of Social Security phone scams

California City officials investigating phone scam
Posted at 11:48 AM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 14:49:44-04

STALLION SPRINGS, Calif. — Stallion Springs Police is warning the community about automated system phone calls pretending to be the Social Security Administration.

According to officials, several residents have reported that the caller will initially give you an option to connect to a Social Security representative before soliciting personal information such as address, social security number, etc.

Stallion Springs PD says the caller is pretending to protect you from a scam while they're actually trying to lure you into one. Officials advise the community that Social Security numbers do not get suspended and the Social Security Administration will generally not call you on your phone.

Below are a few tips when dealing with government imposers:

  • Don’t give the caller your information. Never give out or confirm sensitive information – like your bank account, credit card, or Social Security number – unless you know who you’re dealing with. If someone has contacted you, you can’t be sure who they are.
  • Don’t trust a name or number. Con artists use official-sounding names to make you trust them. To make their call seem legitimate, scammers use internet technology to spoof their area code – so although it may seem they are calling from Washington, DC, they could be calling from anywhere in the world.
  • Check with the Social Security Administration. The SSA has a warning about these scams and suggests you contact them directly at 1-800-772-1213 to verify the reason for the contact and the person’s identity prior to providing any information to the caller.

If you believe you have been scammed out of money call the Stallion Springs Police Department or your local law enforcement agency.