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We are experiencing some issues with scams involving our church and pastor.
Thieves are preying on people during this vulnerable time.
Please do not respond to ANY request for assistance, money, or information. If you are in doubt, please call the church office at 684-6098 and tell us what you have received.
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New Benefit Suspension Scam
The SSA’s Office of the Inspector General has reported that they have received numerous reports from Social Security beneficiaries receiving notifications through the mail indicating that their payments will be discontinued or suspended unless they call the phone number referenced in the notification that they received.
This is one of the new scams affecting Seniors as they are tricking individuals into providing personal information or payment by way of gift cards, wire transfers, or by mailing cash to protect and maintain their regular benefit payments during this period of coronavirus pandemic office closures.
*Remember, NEVER give your personal or financial information over email, text or phone.
According to Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the coronavirus pandemic.
Please read the blog from the Inspector General for more information and be sure to share this information with your parishioners to help spread awareness about Social Security scams.
Inspector General Warns About New Social Security Benefit Suspension Scam
Today, I am warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. Social Security will not suspend or discontinue benefits because their offices are closed.
The Social Security Office of the Inspector General has received reports that Social Security beneficiaries have received letters through the U.S. Mail stating their payments will be suspended or discontinued unless they call a phone number referenced in the letter. Scammers may then mislead beneficiaries into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain regular benefit payments during this period of COVID-19 office closures.
As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, local Social Security offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns. However, Social Security employees continue to work. Social Security will not suspend or decrease Social Security benefit payments or Supplemental Security Income payments due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Any communication you receive that says Social Security will do so is a scam, whether you receive it by letter, text, email, or phone call.
Social Security will never:
- Threaten you with benefit suspension, arrest, or other legal action unless you pay a fine or fee.
- Promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment.
- Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card.
- Demand secrecy from you in handling a Social Security-related problem.
- Send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email.
If you receive a letter, text, call or email that you believe to be suspicious, about an alleged problem with your Social Security number, account, or payments, hang up or do not respond. We encourage you to report Social Security scams using our dedicated online form. Please share this information with your friends and family, to help spread awareness about Social Security scams.
Remember knowledge is POWER and the best defense against becoming a victim to fraud and scams.