My husband answered his cell.
The message said “Your Social Security number has been compromised. There is fraudulent activity on it. We are suspending your account. You must call this number right away before we start proceedings against you!”
A few minutes later I would get the same call.
Seniors are especially vulnerable to these types of scams. The matter is urgent; the message is scary with consequences.
A gentleman I know was scammed via the computer. He got an email saying he had a virus. The scammer said they could fix it. They hacked his computer.
Many scammers use bank logos to try to fool you. So call your local banker and know them by name.
- Don’t give out your Social Security number or your birth date to anyone over the phone; unless you call a known party such as Anthem or your doctor, for example. Most no longer use Social Security for ID now.
- Don’t give out your password over the phone, or the computer, to anyone. Banks usually have a secret word on file to identify you, a word you gave them.
- Password protect sensitive documents that are emailed. If someone does not have the password they must ask for it by text or phone call, and you should know them.
- Be aware there is no totally safe method to keep data secure, so check your accounts often; at least weekly. Daily is best.
- If you do see a problem contact that company using a number you have, not a number someone emails you.
- For your senior, put a note by the phone with your number and the local police non-emergency or bank numbers. Make the bank aware too.
- If you don’t know who is sending you a message, don’t trust them!
Please talk often to your senior loved ones about this. Tell them to call you, or a local professional they know, before they respond to the caller or emailer. Local bankers and police departments usually know about the latest scams. If they don’t, they need to be informed.
For your senior, put a note by the phone with your number and the local police non-emergency or bank numbers. Make the bank aware too.
Let’s put the liars out of business.