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CT Department of Aging and Disability Services l State Unit on Aging | August 3, 2020
Latest Scams Circulating with Scammers impersonating the Federal Government
Scammers impersonating the Social Security Administration
This scam was shared by the staff at the town of Newtown CT. This occurred last week in Newtown. “We received a concerning call yesterday from a resident reporting an attempted scam. Two men called claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA). They told the individual that he owed the SSA money. The individual suspected this was a scam and stated he would not conduct business over the phone. The callers were aggressive in their approach. They told him they would come to his home at a certain time later in the day. Police were called and patrolled the neighborhood. A suspicious car did pull into the driveway and left.”
- Please be aware that the SSA will never call and ask for your Social Security number. Also, they will never call to ask you to pay anything or threaten your benefits. If you are concerned, please call the Police Department. Report Social Security Scams online at https://secure.ssa.gov/ipff/home. Scams like this can also be reported to the CT State's Attorney's Office.
Scammers impersonating the Administration for Community living:
One of the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) Regional Administrators received a call from a Pastor of a church in Southern CA whose members had received a call from a “supposed ACL Agent” and/or received a message via FB. The Pastor was contacting ACL to make us aware and identify if it was legit. Here is what the Pastor shared: His congregation had been targeted with calls from the “Federal Government” telling them that if they were a caregiver, a new COVID Program for Caregiver support would give them $25,000 in exchange for a $500 retainer fee. They didn’t have the $500 so called the church to see if they could borrow it and pay it back when their grant came through. ACL has no such program and no such “agents.”
- Scammers Impersonating the US Economic Development Administration
EDA is aware of recent incidents of fraudulent emails, letters, or other communications sent to individuals offering to provide EDA grants in exchange for money or personal information. The scammers behind these fraudulent communications often pose as EDA employees or agents in an attempt to extract payment. Please note that EDA does not provide grants to individuals and does not ask individuals to disclose personal information.
In addition, EDA does not require applicants to submit a processing or other fee. EDA grants can only be obtained by following the procedures described in the Notices of Funding Opportunities provided for the programs listed on our Funding Opportunities page.
If you believe you have been the victim of one of these scams or are aware of such incidents with your members, please con-tact the Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General and submit a report. You may also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1 or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.
Please note that complaints involving the internet may also be referred to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which accepts complaints here. For more information on grant fraud and grant-related scams, please see: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grant-fraud.html.