Sandy Township, PA – Over the past week, Sandy Township Police say they’ve gotten numerous complaints about scam calls from someone claiming to be from the Social Security office.
On July 23, a 70-year-old DuBois man received two of these calls. Then on July 25, a 66-year-old DuBois man received a very similar call. Both men knew that it was a scam and hung up on the caller.
Although these specific reports happened in Sandy Township, it could happen anywhere.
If you get a phone call you weren’t expecting, be suspicious. Never give out your personal or financial information.
If you get a phone call from anyone who is pressuring you to give them your address, social security number, or credit card information, just hang up! Call police and report the incident.
If you get a phone call from someone you don’t know, be suspicious, especially if they ask for your personal information or money.
If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If someone says you owe a company money, hang up and call the company on their official hotline number. Do not call any numbers that the caller tells you to. Instead, think about whether you have done business with the company previously. If you have (perhaps it’s the electric company or the phone company), then look up their official customer service phone number. If you do not remember dealing with the company before, then it might be a scam.
If you don’t remember entering a contest or giveaway, you are likely being scammed.
If you are unsure if something is a scam, you can always call your local police and describe it. They will be able to tell you if they have seen similar cases before.
Scams highlighted in this video:
Targeting the elderly 0:58
Jury duty scam 2:02
Code *72 scam 2:51
Equifax scam 3:46
IRS scam 4:33
Concert scams 5:26
Moving House Scam 6:04
Fake Charity Scam 6:50
Phishing Calls 7:51
Kidnapping Scam 8:32
- Don’t answer the calls from unknown numbers.
- Never let strangers know your personal information. Credit card, Social Security numbers, checking account – all this should be kept to yourself.
- Don’t make the decision immediately – try to resist the pressure the criminals put on you.
- Demand the information in writing before you agree to pay for a product or service.
- Don’t send cash, be it by money transfer or overnight mail. In this case, the money will disappear, and you won’t be able to prove its existence.