FREMONT – The police department is seeing a small surge of calls from residents who have received phone calls allegedly made by employees of the Social Security Administration.
In these scam calls, the recipient is told that his or her personal information was linked to criminal activity in another state. The caller then asks the resident to verify their name, date of birth and social security number. Supposedly, failure to provide this information will result in a warrant being issued for the arrest of the call recipient.
This is a scam! While government agencies like the Social Security Administration may call you for customer service purposes, you will never be threatened with arrest or other penalty for failing to provide your information. No government agency will ever call you demanding your personal information or monetary payment in any form to clear up any legal matter. This is true for both federal agencies like the IRS or the Social Security Administration and local agencies like the Fremont Police Department or local sheriff’s office.
If you receive a phone call from anyone claiming to be from any business, government agency or law enforcement body, and the caller demands your personal information or monetary payment to avoid a criminal charge, just hang up. Never send money or provide your personal information on a call that you did not initiate.