Albany Police Warning: Social Security Phone Scam

Mar 13, 2019

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.