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Danbury Police warn of Social Security phone scam

January 23, 2019 GMT

DANBURY — Police are warning Danbury residents not to fall for a phone call scam from a purported “Social Security agent” demanding personal information or payment.

The calls are part of an ongoing scam identified by the Social Security Administration and Danbury Police say they have seen a recent increase in local victims reporting the scams.

In several instances, victims were contacted by someone claiming to be a Social Security agents who advised the victim their Social Security number was associated with criminal activity, according to a police advisory.

Victims were then told to purchase gift cards or prepaid MoneyGram cards and provide those numbers to the supposed agents to “re-secure” the victim’s personal information.

Anyone receiving the call should not engage with the caller or provide any information to the person, police said.

Instead, the call should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

zach.murdock@hearstmediact.com