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EPD: Beware of Social Security scam

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Evansville Police are warning of a phone scam involving someone who claims to be from the Social Security Administration. 

In a news release, the EPD says the scam is an attempt to defraud individuals by obtaining their social security numbers.

The EPD says the caller tells the individual that they must confirm their name and social security number for their records or their benefits will be discontinued.

Police said a similar scam has occurred where the thief asks the person if they’ve received their new Medicaid card, and then tries to get the person to provide personal identifiers to set up fake accounts.

The EPD says anyone receiving any unsolicited calls requesting some form of payment for a product or a service, or a request to provide names, birthdates, and/or Social Security numbers should hang up and not engage in the conversation.

Police say legitimate government agencies will not place a call to a citizen requesting personal identifiers.