Phone Scammers Trying to Get Everett Residents Social Security Numbers

February 9, 2014

Everett, Police Blotter

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Watch out for calls from the 813 area code.

The Washington State Patrol has issued a notification about scammers in Florida trying to get people in Everett to give up their social security numbers. Here’s the bulletin from WSP…

Washington State Patrol (WSP) wants to warn people that there is a phone scam occurring in Washington State requesting people to give their Social Security Number when they call an (813) Florida area code phone number as part of an identity theft investigation.

WSP has received reports of individuals getting phone calls from people identifying themselves as an official from the “Washington State Police” and the “U.S. Justice Office.”  The callers are requesting people to “call today” to an (813) area code number in Florida to confirm their social security number.

Identity thieves pose as businesses, banks, or government representatives in order to obtain your personal information.  They may appear to be legitimate and convincing.   Never reveal your information to anyone you do not know.  WSP recommends if called by someone representing themselves as a WSP employee and asking for your personal identity information, to call a local WSP office to confirm the caller is an employee with the agency and to contact the office they work in for why they need your information.

Helpful Web sites about how to protect yourself from identity theft can be found at;

Washington State Attorney General
www.atg.wa.gov

Washington State Patrol/Department of Licensing Identity Theft Unit
www.dol.wa.gov

Federal Bureau of Investigation

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud

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