Social Security Phone Scam Targets Residents

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is warning the public of on-going telephone scam that is allegedly received from the Social Security Administration.

In the past few weeks, residents have reported that they have received  recorded  calls  from  scammers pretending to be the Social Security Administration.  The  recording  states  that  your social security number has been suspended and you will lose all of your benefits. The recording prompts the receiver of  the call to press a number on  the telephone  to be connected to  a live  person. Furthermore, if you do not respond they threaten that your social security number will be permanently blocked or your bank accounts will be seized.

Here are some tips to remember:

  • The Social Security Administration will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you  to  wire money, send cash or put money on gift
  • You do not have to verify your social security number to anyone who initiates a call with
  • Never give any part of your social security number, bank account information or credit card number to anyone who contacts

Remember, a scammer can duplicate the actual phone number of the Social Security Administration by using a special application or computer driven program. If you are worried the call may be a scam hang-up immediately. The best practice is to only give personal identifying information if you initiate the call first and after you have verified the phone number. The real phone number for the Social Security Administration is (800) 772-1213.

If you received one of these calls and suffered a financial loss please contact the Thousand Oaks Police Department at (805) 654-9511.  If  you  received  a call and no  financial loss was  suffered  you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftc.gov/.


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