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Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning North Dakotans of a recent increase in the number of people reporting scam calls claiming that their Social Security number had been compromised. Unfortunately, several people have fallen victim to the scam.
Nearly four million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check. The determination of which taxpayers receive a debit card was made by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, another part of the U.S. Treasury Department that works with the IRS to handle distribution of the payments.
Scam artists are profiting from unsuspecting elderly North Dakotans during this time of social distancing and social isolation, warned Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will not suspend or discontinue benefits because their offices are closed.
Consumer fraud schemes escalate each year during the holidays, and a new research report, “Seasons Cheatings,” from the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that a significant number of consumers are at risk of becoming victimized by common seasonal scams.
AARP has a group of volunteers from across the state who are trained to be “Fraud Fighters,” and are willing to provide valuable presentations to help protect North Dakotans from fraud and scams.
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