Scam Alert Issued on Fake Social Security Administration Agent Calls

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a scam alert on Monday, June 25, 2018 to warn Kentuckians of a new phone scam where con artists claim to be Federal Social Security Administration agents calling to notify you that your Social Security number has been stolen. Beshear said his office received a report of the scam after a caller tricked a Jefferson County victim into disclosing her social security number and paying a fee to receive a new social security number and card. Beshear said the fake federal agent demanded a payment via a stored-value card and the Louisville resident lost $600 to the scam. Beshear’s Office of Senior Protection and Mediation reminds Kentuckians to avoid imposter scams by verifying information with the legitimate government organizations, not trusting cold callers, and not using untraceable methods of payment. To report scams to the Social Security Administration’s Fraud hotline dial 1-800-269-0271.

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