State Patrol warns of phone scam

By Peninsula Daily News staff

OLYMPIA — If you get a phone call from the “Washington State Police” or the “U.S. Justice Office” asking you for your Social Security number, it’s a scam.

The State Patrol issued a warning about a statewide scam in which people are asked to provide Social Security numbers when they call an 813 Florida area code, allegedly as part of an identity theft investigation.

The State Patrol said it has received reports of phone calls from people identifying themselves as officials from the Washington State Police and the U.S. Justice Office.

The callers are requesting people to “call today” to the Florida phone number to confirm their Social Security numbers.

The State Patrol urges those who are asked for personal identity information by alleged State
Patrol employees to call a local State Patrol office to confirm that the caller is an employee with the agency and to contact the office they work for to find why the information is wanted.

“Never reveal your information to anyone you do not know,” the State Patrol said.

The State Patrol’s Port Angeles-based detachment, the Patrol’s only unit on the North Olympic Peninsula, can be reached at 360-417-1738.

The unit’s District 8 headquarters are in Bremerton, 360-473-0300.

Information about protecting yourself against identity theft is at www.atg.wa.gov, www.dol.wa.gov and www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud.

Last modified: February 08. 2014 6:21PM
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