Another Social Security scam
circulating in central Illinois
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[September 07, 2018]
The Better Business Bureau Serving Central Illinois is warning
consumers about a current Social Security scam involving phone calls
that threaten the revocation of oneís Social Security Number unless
the SSN is confirmed over the phone.
According to BBB investigators, this scam is targeting Central
Illinois residents. Specifically, the Better Business Bureau has
received reports from the cities of Springfield, Champaign, and
Macomb. The scammers are utilizing robo-calling and are spoofing
several numbers, so the number on the caller ID will continue to
In the case that you receive one of these calls, do not release your
Social Security Number to the caller. The Social Security
Administration will never request your Social Security Number over
the phone. If you are questioning that the Social Security
Administration is indeed requesting information from you, contact
your local office or the administrationís direct line at
1-800-772-1213. Jessica Tharp, President/CEO of the Central Illinois
BBB, is quoted in a Facebook Live video saying, "If you believe your
Social Security Number has been compromised, contact your local
police department to file a police report. This will help you
document the fraudulent activity with your Social Security Number."
Click here to see the full video.
Furthermore, if you have received one of these calls and released
your Social Security information to the caller, please also contact
the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at identitytheft.gov to report
that your identity has been stolen. You may check your credit score
for free (once per year) at annualcreditreport.com which is also
monitored by the FTC.
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Another way to protect yourself is to implement a credit freeze. By doing so, no
new lines of credit may be opened in your name until you are certain that you
are not a victim of the scam. If you are aware of a specific place that your
information has been used, contact that companyís fraud department to report the
misuse of your information.
Contact the Better Business Bureau with any scammer calls. These will be
researched and if found to be valid, they will be reported to the Scam Tracker
on our website.
Central Illinois Media Contact:
Johnny Haller, Strategic Marketing Coordinator, (309) 670-1183,
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[BBB Serving Central Illinois]