Local woman gets call about investigation into social security fraud
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's something we all have and it could spell trouble if it gets into the wrong hands. We're talking about your social security number.
It all started when the phone rang the day before Thanksgiving. Misty Smith says someone was calling from a Pennsylvania area code.
"It sounded like I was in trouble," says Misty.
A message left by an Officer James Jordan, who only identified himself as being with a state investigative department, said Misty was facing possible arrest. Like any of us would, she called him back, trying to find out more information. But she says he wasn't willing to shed much light on his investigation.
"He just said there were 3 fraud charges on my social security number," says Misty.
The officer verified the last 4 digits of her social. But he wouldn't explain what the charges meant. According to Misty, all he would say, was they were building a case against her.
"And then I heard him say, he wanted my whole social security number. And then I was like, how do I know this ain't fraud," says Misty.
That's when she says the officer hung up. But the calls didn't end there.
"It's scary. He's also been calling my job. Harassing my manager," says Misty.
Fed up, she emailed Contact 13. And we called Officer Jordan ourselves. But he hung up on us three times when we started asking questions. So we called the Social Security Administration, who tells us this is definitely a scam. Thieves often use scare tactics like making you believe you could go to jail, if you don't cooperate.
"I kind of figured it was a fraud. That's why, when he asked me for my full social, I'm like no," says Misty.
The Social Security Administration says she did the right thing. And they want you to know their investigators will never call you asking for your personal information.
So here's the Contact 13 bottom line. An easy way to avoid these calls is by adding your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry. Misty isn't registered, but says she plans to do that right away.
And if you've received a similar type of call, make sure you let the Social Security Administration know by calling 1-800-772-1213. For Contact 13, I'm Tricia Kean.