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Wicomico State's Attorney Warns of Phone Scammers Posing as Federal Agents

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SALISBURY, Md.- Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie L. Dykes says her office has recently received numerous reports from people who have recently received phone calls from scammers pretending to be Social Security Administration or other federal agents.

Dykes said Wednesday the victims of these frauds are told that they are under investigation and that they must provide money in the form of a gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer to the federal government, and are promised that the money will be returned to them once their name is cleared.

The state's attorney said that often, these criminals will demand that the person they called stay on the phone with them until he or she provides them with a gift card number. This is a way to maintain control over the victim in an attempt to prevent him or her from realizing that it is a scam, according to Dykes.

Dykes said that should the federal government need to contact you, they will do so by U.S. Postal Service. Further, there will be a contact number to be able to contact them at your convenience.

Dykes recommends that in communications with others, when you are not the person who is initiating the contact, that you do not provide your personal identifying information. This includes your name, date of birth, Social Security number, or banking information. In addition, do not provide any gift card numbers to anyone portraying to be a federal agent.

If you end up on the telephone with a similar scam, ask for the person’s name and contact information and inform them that you will be forwarding that information to the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General.

Dykes said if the caller refuses to allow you to return their call, it is likely a scam.

If you have received a scam telephone call, you can use the block phone number feature to prevent that number from repeatedly calling you. Should you receive these types of calls from someone purporting to be from the Social Security Administration, you may report it at the following link: https://oig.ssa.gov/report-fraudwaste-or-abuse/fraud-waste-and-abuse.

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