Cooper County Sheriff's Office warns of Social Security scam

8 months 4 weeks 2 days ago Monday, September 02 2019 Sep 2, 2019 Monday, September 02, 2019 12:45:00 PM CDT September 02, 2019 in News
By: Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Stephanie LaChance, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COOPER COUNTY - The Cooper County Sheriff's Office received reports this past week from people saying they got suspicious calls from people identifying themselves as working for the Social Security Administration.

"That's right....all bogus. The SSA doesn't call you," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post.

The people on the phone identified themselves as being representatives for the Social Security Administration. Other calls were pre-recorded warnings from the administration, the sheriff's office said.

“They were even trying their luck with a number of our employees. You can imagine how that went...," the post said.

Cindy Newton, volunteer at Boonslick Senior Center said that these calls confuse the elderly that rely on social security benefits.

“Some of the people here, that’s all they get, and they think their social security and that is their lifeline. And they’re scared that their social security will be cut off. ” Newton said.

Dianna Jensen, another volunteer at Boonslick Senior Center said everyone in the Boonville area knows someone who has received these scam calls.

“Its really sad that they do prey on the older people who do think the calls are true.” Jensen said. 

The Social Security Administration warns that SSA employees “will never threaten you for information.”

Jeanette Drummond, a resident of Howard County said she also knows she’s not alone.

““I’ve seen it on Facebook, and some of my friends are saying their social security will be suspended,” Drummond said. “I knew it was a scam. I get them all the time.”

Coopers County Sheriff’s office Facebook post tells residents that the SSA would not call you, but mail you if they needed your information. 

The Social Security Administration wants victims of scam calls to call 1-800-269-0271.

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