By Bob Weaver

Scamming has become more sophisticated.

In more recent time local phone numbers have been hijacked to get people to answer their phones, then the pitch begins.

Rick Poling, Director of the CCCOA, says the latest scam is targeting Social Security beneficiaries that advocates for older adults should be aware of.

The Federal Trade Commission is warning that scammers are engaging in a caller ID trick called "spoofing" to make it appear that they are calling from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

These callers claim to work for SSA and ask for personal information—such as the individual's Social Security Number—supposedly in order to process a benefit increase.

These callers have also tried to get this information by claiming that the person's benefits will be cut off if the personal information isn't provided. Read the FTC's warning to learn more, including where to report such calls, and what people should do if they get one of these calls. An old scam that involves people offering to blacktop a driveway or seal a person’s blacktop.

Officials say the scammers charged an elderly couple four thousand dollars, applied fake sealant, and finished the job in around 20 minutes.

The latest scamming when the caller asks, "Can you hear me now?" If the called party says "yes," that is used as a signal to record the word and misuse it as the consumer agreeing to pay for a product or service they did not want.

Some residents are receiving calls from "IRS" indicating the party owes money and if payment is made now, they will not be prosecuted.

A Calhoun family reported they received a call from a person who said they represented DISH network and wanted a credit or debit card to sent $50 to correct problems with their satellite service.

The Calhoun party hung up but they were redialed continuing with the same pervasive script.

They didn't bite.

A Grantsville woman reported a frequent scam, this time used on her, related to her use of a computer.

"I have been getting all kinds of calls about my computer, starting the day I was setting it up."

"First it was to sell me an extended warranty on the computer, 'for the rest of my life' for $499."

"Next it was an extended warranty for Windows."

"Now it is to fix one problem or another that they are receiving an error message for."

The woman says she checked with Acer, the computer she purchased, and Windows, and both said they had no part of the scam.

Calls came from all parts of the country, sometimes between 10-11 p.m.

Hacking of one form or other is prevalent to Internet users, including the Hur Herald. The fixes have been expensive.

Some Herald stories have been eliminated and others have links inserted into the stories to web sites selling products or services.

Of course, the scammer always announces they are not selling anything, or wildly announcing the customer has won something.

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