A new phone scam making its way around North Texas

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The Better Business Bureau advises North Texans to ignore calls from someone claiming to be a government agency and immediately hang up because a new version of an old scam has resurfaced.

The scam is someone calling saying they are from a government agency and there is an issue with Social Security Number. But the BBB said there is an easy way of knowing if you received a scam or not.

The BBB of North Central Texas sent out a press release warning the public of phone scams. The BBB received the first Social Security phone scam on Sept. 19 Kris Altringer said she did not answer the call initially but when she called back. The scammer told her if she didn’t give them her Social Security Number they would take legal Acton.

“I told them that they could go ahead with the legal proceedings and they said that law enforcement would be out to arrest me and I said that’s fine I’ll be waiting for them when should I expect them? And they told me a half hour,” Altringer said.

President of the Wichita Falls BBB Monica Horton said unfortunately, they receive scam calls throughout the year.

“These days we are hearing from consumers that are constantly receiving calls from you know people that are trying to scam them. And these calls can become harassing. There’s really nothing you can do to prevent you from receiving these calls. They cast a wide net,” Horton said.

Horton says there is an easy way to know if it is a scam or not.

“The government organizations aren’t going to call you unsolicited. They may return a phone call that you placed but usually their first form of contact is contacting you through the mail,” Horton said.

If you do see a number you do not recognize, Horton says it is best to not answer it and if they leave you a suspicious message you can call the BBB to report it.

Most people think the age targeted the most is seniors but actually, it is 18- to 25-year-olds and according to Consumers Union, just last year phone scams cost people $350 million.

You can also report it online, for the information on how to do that, click here.

Some say there’s a fix available to help stop them that’s rarely used. 

Turns out phone companies can use stir/shaken to authenticate the number for every call with a digital fingerprint.

Calls without that special ID may be flagged or even blocked. Problem is  Stir/shaken appears to be on hold.

The FCC hopes some companies will implement it within the year.

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