March 17, 2020, Tamuning, Guam- Residents should be on high alert for another wave of scams that are circulating locally. This morning, the Consumer Protection Division (CPD) of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) received at least 10 separate reports of fraudulent phone calls
from people claiming to be employed with or by the Social Security Administration.
Variations of the scam were reported. In some instances, scammers have the social security numbers of local consumers and are requesting banking information. In other reports, just the last four digits of the social security numbers were given and the scammers wanted the consumer to move money out of their banking accounts.
Residents are urged not to entertain any variations of these phone calls and are advised to immediately hang up. Do not provide personal or banking information to anyone or move funds in or out of any account. The Social Security Administration will only contact you if you request contact or have ongoing business with them (https://faq.ssa.gov/en-us/Topic/article/KA-10018).
“Across the nation and locally, we are seeing an uptick of misinformation. Scammers are preying on the fears of consumers, especially as we deal with COVID-19,” said Attorney General Leevin Taitano Camacho.
The scammers call using four or five different spoofed phone numbers, with the most commonly used number being 217-717-2798.
Contact the Consumer Protection Division at email@example.com to report suspected violations. If residents are unable to email, phone 475-3324 ext.3300.