Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Phone Scam Asking for Social Security Numbers


We’ve received a number of calls about a phone scam in our area (primarily in Boonville) where the caller insists on getting your social security number and identified themselves as an Internal Revenue Service agent. The caller may state they have knowledge of your social security number being used fraudulently and offer to help you clear it up. PLEASE NEVER GIVE OUT THAT INFORMATION!

This is not normal business practice for banks, law enforcement or any government agency. They will never expect you to provide that type of information over the phone.#ScamAlert

The following is a statement issued on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page:

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Matt LaFever
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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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