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You wouldn't think the person trying to steal your social security number would simply call and ask for it, but they are, according to Rocklin Police.
According to the Rocklin Police Department, in 2017 a total of $10 million dollars between 35,000 people was lost due to this social security scam.
Police say the scammers will call claiming the victim's social security number has been suspended due to suspicious activity or "because it was involved in a crime."
Sometimes, the scammer will request the victim confirm their social security number in order to reactivate it. The scammers sometimes also say the victim's bank account will be seized and what to do to keep it safe, which often involves a wire transfer or gift card purchases.
Using Caller I.D. may not protect you from this scam, as the scammers appear to be calling from a real Social Security Administration number (1-800-772-1213). Do not trust that, as police say it is a fake call.
Rocklin Police say your Social Security number will never be suspended, nor will your assets ever be seized.
If you receive a similar call, hang up and call 1-800-772-1213 to speak to the real Social Security Administration.