Government Impostor Scams are on the Rise​​


3. Social Security scam

 An 85-year-old Maryland woman got a call from someone pretending to be a federal agent who said her Social Security number had been stolen and used to rent a car that was involved in a violent crime. This incident had compromised both her Social Security and bank accounts, she was told, and both were to be “suspended.” To keep access to money she needed to pay her bills, she was told to go to a local store and convert her cash in the bank to Bitcoin, then transfer it to a secure account that was set up for her. She did — and lost $8,000 to impostors.

4. Student-loan con

A couple in Indianapolis got a call from someone who stated his government agency was handling the ​student-loan-forgiveness debt-cancellation program that President…

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