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Law enforcement warns of social security scam call

Two Tri-State law enforcment agencies in two different states are warning people to watch out for a social security phone scam.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office put out a warning Friday, just two days after the Quincy Police Department put out one of their own.

The call poses as government officials telling people to give up money or confidential information or face dire consequences.

Better Business Bureau officials said although the call might be intimidating, it’s easy to spot the scam.

“The Social Security Administration or the IRS or the FBI, they’re not going to threaten you over the phone, Quincy BBB director Mara Clingingsmith said. “And they’re certainly not going to ask you for confidential information.”

BBB officials said if you get a call like this, make sure to report it to both the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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