Crooks are now pretending to represent the Social Security Administration
OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - Sandy Gaube has a way of fighting back against anyone thinking of trying to scam her.
"This phone is on the do-not call list," says a voice message on her phone. "Please hang up and do not call back."
Gaube says without that message people would keep calling.
"Sometimes they're pretty aggressive. You'll get the same number calling maybe every five minutes for a half an hour."
Last month, Gaube got a call from someone claiming to represent the IRS. This month, there's another scam going around.
"A final notice from the SSA Social Security Administration," says a voice in a robocall.
This time the claim is you'll have to reactivate your social security number because it's suspended due to some kind of fraud connected to it.
"To get more information about this case, please call us immediately," says the voice.
If you do happen to get a phone call from somebody claiming to be with the Social Security Administration, there are certain things you'll want to keep in mind. According to the Federal Trade Commission, social security numbers never get suspended. Also, never give out or confirm sensitive information like your bank account or credit card number.
"I just do not answer the scammers."
For Gaube, that's true whether the person calling leaves a message or not.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the government, the FTC wants to hear from you.
For more information, click here: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1