Don't fall for Social Security phone scams, Sheriff's Office warns

The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office is receiving complaints from County residents who have received calls from someone claiming to represent Social Security. The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens that the Social Security Administration will not call you asking for verification of a ‘new card.’ Social Security will send letters with changes or information regarding your benefits. Do not give your Social Security number, Driver License number, Credit Card number, Bank Account number, or any other number than reveals your identity or you financial accounts unless you can verify legitimacy of the caller.

The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office is receiving complaints from County residents who have received calls from someone claiming to represent Social Security.

The scammer begins by asking if the resident has received their new Social Security card. No matter if the answer is yes or no, the scammer will request a verification of the Social Security number.

For instance, if the answer is yes, “We need to verify your card number to make sure we sent the correct card.”

If the answer is no, “We need to verify your card number to make sure we can send you a new card.”

One resident reported her caller ID indicated the call originated from Canada.

This is a scam. Hang up!

The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens that the Social Security Administration will not call you asking for verification of a ‘new card.’ Social Security will send letters with changes or information regarding your benefits.

Do not give your Social Security number, Driver License number, Credit Card number, Bank Account number, or any other number than reveals your identity or you financial accounts unless you can verify legitimacy of the caller.

If still in doubt, call the agency to verify the request.

Protect yourself, don’t become a victim.