Below is a Community Alert from the Wilmington Police Department:
WILMINGTON, MA — We received a report [this week] from a resident who got a call from someone reporting to be from the Social Security Administration. The caller stated that they would be receiving a new plastic social security card in the mail and that they needed to verify their information.
The US Government is not issuing new Social Security Cards. Someone was attempting to steal their personal information.
Please remember that no one from the Social Security Administration (or any other government agency) will call you and ask you for your social security number or date of birth. We’re asking our followers to help up spread the word and share this information with your friends and family….especially senior citizens who are most vulnerable to identity theft as well as telephone and internet scams.
If you suspect you or a family member are a victim of identity theft:
- Contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338) or visit http://www.identitytheft.gov.
- Place a fraud alert on your credit record with one of the three credit bureaus:
— Equifax (1-866-349-5191)
— Experian (1-888-397-3742)
— TransUnion (1-800-680-7289)
- Contact your financial providers (banks, credit card companies, etc.) to flag irregular transactions.
- Check your Social Security earnings statement online to make sure your reported wages are correct. Visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
- Block electronic access to your Social Security accounts. Visit https://secure.ssa.gov/acu/IPS_INTR/blockaccess.
For more information visit https://www.ssa.gov/fraud/.
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