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SCAM ALERT: Theodore residents a target for social security scam

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MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

A robocall claiming to be the Social Security Administration is targeting residents across our state and some are in Theodore. Carol Hess lives there. She received two scam calls Tuesday.

"I just got sick of it. I mean two in one day. Absolutely ridiculous. One is ridiculous, but two a day? Uh-uh," she said.

Hess said the calls started a month ago. The caller claims to be the Social Security Administration needing her date of birth and social security number.

"They're saying that I did something fraudulent," Hess said.

When she refused, the caller threatened serious consequences. 

"When I told him I wasn't giving him my birthday or Social Security number, (he said) 'Well we'll just turn it over to the FBI' and I'm not going to tell you what I started to say," she said.

A representative with the Better Business Bureau said Hess isn't the only person in Theodore getting these calls. One robocall claims your social security number has been blacklisted and your benefits are frozen. The other, like the one Hess received claims your social security number was suspended for illegal activity. The only way you can unfreeze it, is to give out personal information. Both are bogus. 

Luckily Hess didn't fall for it. If she did, scammers could change her information to put that social security check right into their account. 

Hess warned others, "Just be very secretive about your birth date, anything that can get you in trouble." 

The Better Business Bureau wants to remind you, if the social security administration needs to contact you, they send a letter and never request personal information over the phone. 

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