Phone calls from people claiming to represent both Chase bank and the Social Security Administration investigative unit were the experience of one local resident within a matter of days recently.

James Haehn, who emailed this newspaper to report the experience, suspected both instances were scams.

The first batch of calls were from someone claiming to represent Chase, saying there was a problem with the recipient’s credit card. Haehn said he did not respond in either instance.

Then, someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration investigative unit said that the person’s benefits would be ending on that particular day. The call prompted the recipient to “press ‘1’ to speak with someone about the problem.” Wisely, Haehn opted to hang up.

In a previous Scam of the Week column, we reported that the Social Security Administration has a disclaimer on its website that the agency uses text messages, email and social media to provide information on its programs and services, but will not ask for personal information over these mediums. In the rare event of a phone call, “it is often to confirm the legitimacy of claims,” the SSA states.

Scam of the Week runs every Tuesday. If someone has tried to scam you, email scam@chicoer.com.

Source

- Advertisement -