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Possible phone scam in Lakewood

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on June 19, 2012 at 10:57 am with No Comments »
June 19, 2012 10:57 am

A Lakewood woman thinks she may have been part of a phone scam this morning targeting elderly people on social security.

She said a man called her house this morning, saying that he was sending out new social security cards. He confirmed her address and phone number, but said he needed the name of her bank and her social security number – which she declined to provide.

Lakewood Police Department spokesman Lt. Chris Lawler said he’s not aware of this particular scam, but that they see many that are similar.

“Once they get your social security number, it’s a mess,” Lawler said. “They’re creative, they think of all these different ways.”

He recommends that people don’t give any information over the phone unless they initiate the call, or that they try to take care of business involving sensitive information in person.

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