Boulder DA Warns of Social Security, Medicare Scam

December 14, 2018

The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office is warning residents that scam artists pretending to be from the Social Security Administration are attempting to trick people into sending money.

The DA’s office announced in a news release that one version of the scam involves a phone call telling would-be victims that their Social Security number is going to be suspended because it is linked to a crime. The caller asks for a fee paid via gift card or wire transfer to reactivate the card.

The Social Security Administration will not make phone calls to ask for a person’s Social Security number or ask for any kind of payment. The scammers are able to manipulate caller ID so it looks like the call is coming from the SSA, according to the DA’s office.

The calls are coming around the time that new Medicare cards are being mailed to residents, according to the DA’s ofice. No one from Medicare or the SSA will be making calls regarding the new cards, according to the news release.

Anyone who receives a suspicious phone call should hang up, the release advises. Other tips include never giving personal information to people who call or email asking for it; and to not make wire transfer payments, pay with a gift card, or send cash to anyone who asks for it.

For more information, call the DA’s office Consumer Protection Division at 303-441-3700.

John Bear: 303-473-1355, bearj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/johnbearwithme

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