Scammers are at it again, using a government agency in their criminal pitch. Currently, the hot scam is invoking the Social Security Administration, with the Better Business Bureau taking more than 2,000 Social Security scam reports this year, nearly double over the same time period last year. Nearly 100 Social Security scam reports have been made in the BBB St. Louis service area this year.

The scammers want you to think that your Social Security Number has been compromised. The caller may tell you that your number has been suspended or has been used in a crime. Better Business Bureau spokesman Don O’Brien tells The Big Z the scammers can be very persistent.

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O’Brien reminds the Social Security Administration will never call you asking for your number. They will never ask you to pay anything, nor will they threaten your benefits. If you are concerned about a call you received from someone claiming to be with Social Security, call the office at 800-772-1213.

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