Social security scam surfaces in Shasta County

A new scam has surfaced in Shasta County involving the social security administration.

Posted: May 1, 2019 3:54 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - A new scam has surfaced in Shasta County involving the social security administration.

The district attorney said people are reporting callers posing as Social Security Administration agents. The scammers claim that the victim's social security number and benefits have been suspended because of suspicious activity. Then, they tell victims the only way to resolve it is to provide personal information.

Many people have fallen prey to this scam, according to the district attorney's office. 

Officials said the scam has already resulted in $19 million in losses, with the median at around $1,500 per household. 

The district attorney's office is urging people to ignore these types of calls and report them to the office of inspector general at 1-800-269-0271. 

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