AG alert: Donít get hung up by phone scammers
Scammers are continuing to find ways to steal Arkansansí Social Security numbers. Many of these attempts begin with a robocall requesting a call back and stating that the consumerís Social Security number has been found, often at the scene of a crime. The person on the other end of the phone threatens the consumer by stating if they do not return the call they will be sent to jail.
ďNever give out or confirm personal information, such as your Social Security number, to someone you donít know,Ē said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. ďCon artists are very good at convincing consumers to turn over personal information, sometimes even turning forceful or threatening. We must all remain vigilant and not turn over any information, especially through an unsolicited phone call.Ē
Attorney General Rutledge and the Federal Trade Commission released the following tips to use if someone calls claiming to be from a government agency or have your personal information:
Use due diligence to confirm the identity and legitimacy of the person on the other end of the phone by hanging up and finding the phone number from an old bill or the organizationís website before giving or confirming any information.
Be cautious of callers using organization names similar to existing agencies. Scammers use internet technology to spoof area codes, so although it may seem the call is from Washington, D.C., for example, it could originate from anywhere in the world.
The Social Security Administration and other government agencies have warned about these scams and suggest contacting that agency directly.
For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney Generalís office at 800-482-8982 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.