Sheriff warns of phone scams
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Ringgold County sheriff Rob Haley strongly urges residents to be aware of several telephone scams currently reported in the county.
Many of these scams are related to Social Security.
The Social Security Administration and the Office of Inspector General continue to receive reports from across the country about fraudulent phone calls from people falsely claiming to be Social Security employees. Calls can even “spoof” Social Security’s national customer service number as the incoming number on the caller ID.
“If you receive a call and are not expecting one, you must be extra careful – you can always get the caller’s information, hang up, and contact the official phone number of the business or agency the caller claims to represent. Do not reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you,” said Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security.
Haley said residents should never provide personal information to any unsolicited caller, including Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers or any other information.
If residents receive such calls, they should immediately hang up the phone and alert the sheriff’s office of the incident.