West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning residents of a new scam.

The scam involves imposters posing as representatives from the attorney general’s office calling in an attempt to steal personal information. During the phone call, the imposters often threaten that the attorney general’s office will suspend the consumer’s Social Security benefits and/or number due to fraudulent activity.

The scammer will ask for the person’s social security number for confirmation.

Although this form of phone call scam is common, there are ways that consumers can protect themselves:

  • Verify any information by calling the legitimate Social Security Administration’s phone number.
  • Never make payments using wire transfer, gift cards or cash.
  • Be aware of spoofing tactics in which the phone number appears legitimate, but is not.

If you have received one of these phone calls, the attorney general recommends reporting the call to the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General. Reports can be filed by phone at 1-800-269-0271 or online by clicking here.

Anyone who thinks that they have fallen victim to fraud is encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808.