PEKIN, Ill. — Pekin Police officers are continuing to receive reports of a scam that aims to retrieve your social security number. The scams are the Social Security Scam and now Law Enforcement/Fire Fighters Scam.
Pekin PD says the SS scam is coming from Washington DC and is stating
that your SS# has been suspended.
The department urges you to not give out your personal information over the phone. If you’re wary of the request, call the social security office and inquire with them directly. In conjunction with the social security number scam, the department says it has received a report regarding solicitation of funding for police vests and donations to the Police and Fire Fighters Pension.
Officers say to remember that these are solicitors and one should verify who the person is and that it is not a fraudulent call before making a donation.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
- Never send money to someone you have never met face-to-face.
- Don’t click on links or open attachments in unsolicited email.
- Don’t believe everything you see.
- Don’t buy online unless the transaction is secure.
- Be extremely cautious when dealing with anyone you’ve met online.
- Never share personally identifiable information with someone who has contacted you unsolicited, whether it’s over the phone, by email, on social media, even at your front door.
- Don’t be pressured to act immediately.
- Use secure, traceable transactions when making payments for goods, services, taxes, and debts.
- Whenever possible, work with local businesses that have proper identification, licensing, and insurance.
- Be cautious about what you share on social media and consider only connecting with people you already know.