Aging Well: Avoid the Social Security Administration scam
There's a new scam hitting Hawaii, and the Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is concerned because it's on the rise. Here's more about the Social Security Administration scam in this Aging Well.
The scam call starts like this: "Your Social Security number has been suspended and we've filed a case number under your name. Before this matter goes to federal claim courthouse for you to get arrested, kindly press 1."
The BBB says an Aiea woman got the call and did press 1, only to have a live operator tell her this: "He had advised me that my social security number was being used for money laundering by the drug cartel." That's the BBB's Hawaii Office Manager Lisa Nakao, reading the complaint report the Aiea woman eventually filed.
But there's more to the call. The scammers told the victim to pay to clear her name, so she did! "$6,500 lost to this scam in Bitcoins," shares Nakao.
The victim lost her money- and her pride. When the victim got suspicious and called to get her money back, this is what she was told: "They said I needed two naked pictures of me to refund my money."
This woman's out the money, and she's not the only one. The BBB says it's received 13 such reports this year. May not sound like a lot, but what's troubling is, that number has doubled since last year.
If you get a call like this, do not press 1, do not panic. Nakao urges people to "take a step back. Do not give out your information until you verify who they are."
The real Social Security Administration will never call to threaten your benefits, or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on a gift card. If you get a call like this? Hang up, and then to report it to the Better Business Bureau at bbb.org.