Social Security Warrant Phone Scam
DATE & TIME: 10-20-2020 @ 12:10
LOCATION: Rural Wymore, Nebraska
OFFENSE: Social Security Warrant Phone Scam
CASE #: 2020-4757
A resident of rural Wymore reported she has received several phone calls with an automated message stating the call was from a “Federal Database” and a warrant had been issued due to fraudulent activity involving her social security number. The message advised her she needed to stay on the line to speak to one of their representatives.
The victim was cognizant of this type of scam and hung up, refusing to speak to the suspects. She notified a Gage County Sheriff’s Office investigator of the call. She did not lose any money and no warrant was ever issued for her.
The Gage County Sheriff’s Office has taken an increased number of complaints of scams and frauds recently. These scams and frauds utilize several methods to be successful: Threatening law-abiding residents with arrest unless they pay a fine; Pressuring victims to not hang up the phone/preventing them from speaking to others; Requesting payment in an unusual or non-traditional manner, such as by redeeming gift cards; or having the victim provide personal/confidential information, which leads to identity theft.
Sheriff Gustafson and the Gage County Sheriff’s Office urge residents to be extremely cautious when dealing with unknown persons over the phone, on the internet, via mail, or in person. Do not succumb to pressure or demands for secrecy. Confer with a family member, trusted friend, or financial advisor such as banker or accountant, or a law enforcement officer. Contact your local police department or call the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with an investigator.
Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson #903
Investigator T. Hanson #90310