Bottom Line: Social Security Scam
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:17 PM EDT
A new scam is surfacing, targeting seniors and their Social Security
It's a Bottom Line Alert that the scammers are stealing
those checks, and "re-routing" them using direct deposit.
Here's what CBS
6's Dori Marlin found out:
The Social Security Administration says the
bad guys are getting the seniors' names and bank account information, using a
fake lottery or sweepstakes.
The scammers then call the
Administration using the victims' name and account info, to have the payments
sent instead to another account - and that's how they steal the entire
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has asked the agency to start
notifying recipients, when their account info is changed - by e-mail, text,
letter or phone.
The Administration has not responded to his call yet,
but in the meantime, says it is investigating to try to put the scam to a