NATIONWIDE – Con artists are targeting people in Maine this tax season with phone calls claiming their Social Security cards have been suspended.
Victims are told they need to provide personal information to the caller in order to reactivate their accounts. In some cases, the caller even threatens the victim with arrest if they do not comply.
The information is then used for identity theft or to steal tax refunds.
Several other states are also reporting the scam.
In response, the Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Trade Commission now are issuing warnings.
Both agencies said the calls are completely bogus and that the Social Security Office will never suspend numbers or threaten people to get information.
Anyone who receives a call like this should hang up immediately and report it to their local authorities.
People who have been victimized should also check in with the Internal Revenue Service and call the Social Security Fraud Hotline for help.