There is a reoccurring scam active again involving local residents receiving unsolicited calls from persons claiming to be from an out of state law enforcement agency regarding fraudulent Social Security activity.
These are most assuredly a scam.
The caller will identify themselves as a member of the federal government and give an employee number and possibly a case number. They may know the name of the person they are calling and will likely ask for a date of birth and Social Security number.
From there, the caller will state a number of things which may include there are warrants for the victim’s arrest, that they owe money, or that they need to change their Social Security number.
If you get a call like this hang up. The Social Security Administration will NOT call you about this. Neither will the IRS. It is generally not possible to change your Social Security number.
Do NOT give out your date of birth. Do NOT give out your Social Security number. Do NOT make arrangements to meet, to send money, or try to engage the caller in any way. Hang up.
If you do give out your birth date or any other information, contact your banks and any lending institutions you do business with and inform them that you were the victim of this scam. Change any online passwords you have. Obtain a credit history for yourself and review it routinely for any fraudulent activity.
Please don’t be a victim.