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Social Security Scams on the Rise, Mayor’s Office Says

With the holiday season in full swing, people — particularly the elderly — are prone to letting their guards down when it comes to recognizing scams.

To that end, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reminds District residents in her latest weekly newsletter to protect themselves against scammers calling or making online inquiries for sensitive information regarding Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and other personal information.

Because of an increased number of scams that often occur this time of year, residents should adhere to the following prevention guidelines for keeping their personal information safe:

• Ignore anyone who claims that your SSN is suspended.
• Block any phone numbers associated with the scam by adjusting your phone’s settings, block the senders of associated fraudulent emails, and discard any associated mail solicitation.
• Never reveal sensitive personal information such as your Social Security number or bank account information when answering an unsolicited call.

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