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West Virginians warned about Social Security and jury duty scams

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WEST VIRGINIA (WVVA) - There is a new scam we have to warn you about that affects some of the most vulnerable among us: senior citizens.

Scammers are impersonating Social Security employees, telling victims their benefits have been underpaid and they need their bank account routing number to make the adjustment.

This scam doesn't just affect the elderly; it also affects those on long-term disability who collect Social Security checks.  

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey talked to WVVA about the scam and what people need to know.  "What they'll do is they'll say you need to recalculate quickly, we need your information right away so we can get it in the next pay period," Morrisey said.  "If someone is trying to pressure you and says if you don't make a decision right away, that's normally a good sign there is something fake going on."

Morrisey said if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  He also warned of another scam that uses guilt tactics to get you to send them your money.

"Someone called posing as a sheriff of a county and said, 'You need to send a check right away, you missed jury duty.'"

Morrisey says the government will typically send a letter before calling. If you don't have it in writing, be sure to ask for it.  If it's real, the agency will have no problem sending you something.

"Every time I hear about something like this or other instances where someone is posing as a government official, it makes me sick, because that's when people's guards down."

If you get a call like this, do not give out your personal information.  Morrisey suggests getting the caller's name, title, and phone number, then hang up and call the governmental office to verify the claims.

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