Monday, September 16, 2013
A Wichita woman has fallen victim to a scam targeting those on social security, and she wants to warn you before it’s too late.
Thelma Friday depends on her social security money to live. But she just about lost all of this month’s money because of a phone call.
“They said put [in] your 16-digit code," Friday said. "Then they wanted this little number…and when it expires," Friday said.
Thelma gave the caller all of the information on her social security debit card, even the security code on the back.
“I got to thinking about when I hung up, and he said something isn't right about that and you gave them your information,” she said
Thelma quickly called the Social Security Office and canceled her card before the scammers could use it. She’s getting a new one and admits this was a close call.
“I would of [sic] been in trouble,” she said. “I would have a nervous break down.”
Remember to never give your personal or financial information to someone over the phone, especially if they call you. This is an easy phishing scam, which has left many people broke.
If you think you’re being scammed, call the Better Business Bureau at 1-800-856-2417 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.