Officials warn of Social Security scam

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- There are countless scams we've warned you about over the years including online, phone and mail scams but the bad guys continue to get creative and come up with new ways to scam unsuspecting victims.

The latest scam that's impacting millions of Americans -including folks right here in Lauderdale County is the Social Security scam.

“The latest scam that we got involved with was Tuesday. We got three calls from elderly people that have gotten calls saying it was an officer so and so from the social security office. We have been notified that your Social Security account has been hacked,” says Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk, Donna Jill Johnson.

Scammers are working day and night to take your hard-working money.

“I encourage people and have for years to screen their calls with caller id. If you don’t know who’s calling, then don’t answer the phone and you can do that with an answering machine,” says Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun.

“We encourage people to not engage in dialogue with these people. Hang up the phone do not answer any of their questions, whether it’s Social Security or a jury call scam. The bottom line it’s going to be about money,” says Johnson.

Authorities say the scammers are looking to get your personal information or frighten you into sending them money.

“If they call you, and say they are from the Social Security Administration. That is your first clue that is a scam. Social Security Administration does business by the mail,” says Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun.

“Just know if it’s a legitimate business for a legitimate call they are not going to be asking you for your personal information. They already have all your information. That should be a flag right there,” says Johnson.

The Social Security phone scam is the number type of fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission right now.