One version of the scam involves an emblem that mimics one from the Office of Inspector General.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Division of Police said scammers are using an emblem to make a social security scam look realistic.
According to the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio, there have been hundreds of reports involving one kind social security fraud in 2021 – each is a little different, but with a similar premise.
Mtima Davis said he is quite often called up by potential scammers; he was called up by a scammer the day he spoke to 10TV.
But one of his worst calls was with a social security scammer.
“The scammers called me. They are very aggressive and have a threatening language and say their deputies are police officers and they say your social security number is in danger but the first thing I want to know is what your social security number is number is, ”said Davis.
Davis said the caller told him he was the deputy sheriff and would be charged against him.
“They said someone had used my social security number to buy a car … that I should help pay, otherwise I would be sued and I thought ‘where is the car?’ They even gave me a mark and a model of the vehicle, ”he said.
Davis told the caller that he would call the Better Business Bureau and eventually hung up. BBB calls these “scammers”.
Columbus police say in a recent version of this scam that a fraudster sent a picture to a victim of a Social Security Administration emblem.
“A lot of victims think they were stupid or gullible,” said Lee Anne Lanigan, investigative director of the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio.
The BBB said the scams can be compelling, so here’s how not to fall for it:
- Know that the Social Security Administration will not call and ask for your social security number.
- Never rely on caller ID, even if it says it’s Social Security Administration!
- If you fall for the scam, file a police report and call the BBB.