Terrebonne Sheriff Jerry Larpenter has warned locals of several spam calls that have been made to local numbers.
The scammers call and claim a recipient's Social Security number has been suspended.
The scam involves a message that claims to be from a federal agency. They tell the person on the phone to call a number to resolve the issue.
When victims fall for the scam, they speak with a representative who tricks them into giving personal information or to make wire payments.
The Social Security Administration has issued warnings about the scheme, and advised recipients not to engage with anyone who calls them claiming to be from that agency. SSA employees do NOT contact citizens by telephone for official purposes.
Sheriff Larpenter said members of the public must be on guard against providing personal information like Social Security or bank account numbers to anyone they don’t know.
If you receive one of these calls you may report it the Social Security Office of Inspector General by calling (800) 269-0271, or by email at https://oig.ssa.gov/report