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Social Security scams – A sad true story

With the recent data breach at Capital One, on top of all the others we’ve heard about over the past year, the number of people receiving scam phone calls about their Social Security number has increased exponentially, and more people are falling for the scam. In one such story as related in this article at Arizona’s ABC15 station, the scammers were persistent enough to convince someone that the threat was real, resulting in a loss of about $1000.  Here’s reality: Social Security will not call or threaten you with arrest or legal action, so if you receive a call demanding you reveal personal information or purchase gift cards to resolve the issue, simply hang up. This ABC15 piece by several staff writers explains. Click here to read more.

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