GILBERTSVILLE PA – Even if the phone call you receive at your Gilbertsville area home looks on Caller ID like it’s coming from the federal Social Security Administration, the Douglass (Montgomery County) Police Department is somewhat certain it’s not. Don’t give that caller any personal information, the department reminded the public Thursday (Jan. 31) on its Facebook page.
Police reported several township residents have recently received calls from individuals claiming to represent Social Security, but have been discovered to be scammers who are “spoofing,” or electronically mimicking, the administration’s toll-free customer service. They’re bad guys who want you to give them your social security number and other personal information. They intend to harm you.
“The caller will state that he works for (Social Security), and inform you that your social security number has been suspended due to fraudulent activity, (or) they would like to increase your benefits, (or) they are going to suspend your benefits,” according to the department. None of it is likely to happen.
They’ll ask for your social security number or more. “What can you do?,” police asked rhetorically. Say nothing and “hang up the phone,” they answered.
If you get such a call, let the department know by calling 610-367-0466, it asked. Officers will pass the information along to the Social Security Office of Inspector General. You also can report it directly to the inspector general’s toll-free phone, 1-800-269-0271, or its website here.
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