Alexandria woman loses $100K+ in Social Security Administration email scam

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An Alexandria woman was scammed of more than $100,000 from a suspect who claimed to be a representative of the U.S. Social Security Administration, according to a recently released search warrant affidavit.

The victim received an email last October from an individual claiming to work for SSA informing her that “her account was being suspended due to fraudulent activity and listed a phone number to contact,” according to the search warrant affidavit.

The victim called the number and provided the suspect with her Social Security number and bank account information. No suspect has been arrested, and the incident is under investigation.

SSA said that it will never send emails asking for personal information.

“If someone saying they are from Social Security does email you requesting information, don’t respond to the message,” SSA said. “Instead, contact your local Social Security office or call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to see whether we really need any information from you.”