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TPD: Suspects calling victims claiming to be with Social Security Administration

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 15:53:08-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating a scam where suspects are calling, claiming to be with the Social Security Administration.

TPD has been receiving a number of calls from people who received a scam call from someone claiming to be with the Social Security Administration.

TPD states the suspect tells the victim their identity was used to commit a crime such as theft or involvement in drug activity and their social security benefits are suspended and/or their is a warrant for their arrest. The suspect will also ask for money in the form of a wire transfer or gift cards to resolve the issue.

TPD wants to remind people that the Social Security Administration does not solicit your personal information over the phone or by email, or request advance fees for services in the form of wire transfers or gift cards. If anyone pressures you to provide personal information or money over the phone, just hang up.

If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA or OIG, you should report that information to the OIG online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report or by calling (800) 269-0271.

You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams: https://identitytheft.gov/ssa.