Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Phone Scam Involving Social Security Numbers

The Attorney General's Office is warning West Virginians about a scam that puts consumers at risk for identity theft.

A spokesperson with the AG's office says people are getting calls from someone pretending to represent a well-known business who then asks for consumers to validate the last four digits of their social security number.

If the consumer says the numbers are wrong, the person on the other line offers to update the customer's file.

Scammers can recreate a person's Social Security number based on only a few digits, which can put the consumer at risk for identity theft.