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Albany Police Warning: Social Security Phone Scam

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Albany police are warning residents about a phone scam where the caller pretends to represent the Social Security Administration.

The caller tells victims there's a warrant out for their arrest and in order comply with authorities they need to share personal banking information including their mother's maiden name and Social Security number. Victims were told failure to provide this information would result in arrest. Police spokesman Steve Smith:

"We were able to ascertain very quickly that this was a scam, and have been telling people to hang up when they receive these types of calls or they can call their police."

On its website, Social Security says it will never ask for personal information over the phone.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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