Scam of the Week: Bogus text about your social security number

Published: Jan. 15, 2018 at 5:46 PM CST
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Allison Holden got the text. It's from so called Officer Jason Green from the Social Security Administration Department of U.S.A. It says your social security number has been suspended.

Holden did not take the bait.

"I've been in debt before and I've gotten used to people selling my number to scammers. Payday loan trap. I think that has a lot to do with the scam calls I get," she said.

Holden has a good point. Bankruptcy and some collection cases are public information. On Your Side has reported before, it's easy for swindlers to take old court documents and pose as a collection agent or government official.

"I significantly hate people who try to take advantage of older people or just naive or less knowledgeable people about the scams that are out there," said Holden.

If there's a real problem, you'll get a letter in the mail.

Crooks can do a lot with your social security number, like file a false tax return and open a credit card account.

If you get this text report it to the Attorney General.

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