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Hurricane Sandy Scammers Targeting Seniors, Freeholder Warns

Scammer claims computers were damaged in the storm and requests personal information

Seniors should be aware of scammers using Hurricane Sandy as a means to solicit Social Security and other personal information, Ocean County officials warned Friday.

A county woman recently reported that she received a call from an individual claiming to be from the Social Security administration. If she did not give up her husband's Social Security number, the caller claimed his benefits would stop, said Freeholder Joseph Vicari, who serves as chairman of Senior Services. 

"The ploy used was that Social Security administration computers were damaged in the hurricane," Vicari said. "This is not true."

Social Security and Medicare will not call beneficiaries at home to ask for personal information or try to sell any products, Vicari said.

"If you want any information, you will have to call them," Vicari said. 

Never give out Social Security, Medicare, credit card or banking information to anyone unless you have initiated the call, the freeholder said.

"This is a scam that has just started in very difficult times," Vicari said, adding that a similar ploy was used in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. "A lot of people lost a lot of money."

Anyone who has received such a call is urged to contact the Ocean County Office of Senior Services at 732-929-2091 or the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs at 732-929-2105.

To stay updated with information from Ocean County as Sandy recovery continues, visit www.co.ocean.nj.us

Mac November 09, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Excellent advice Freeholder Vicari. Thanks for standing in for the Sheriff with this public service notification. There is nothing worse than slick con artists attempting to take advantage of our senior citizens, especially during a state of emergency. I wish you all the success in the world in bringing such conniving degenerates to justice as soon as possible.
Andy November 09, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Scamming scum like those described here should spend the rest of their lives rotting in a damp, dark cell.
Sick of whining people November 09, 2012 at 08:52 PM
No Andy these scum have no souls and deserve to die. If they spend the rest of their lives in jail you will be paying for that the rest of your life. You might see a lot less of this if the penalty was that harsh
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The one that scammed the systems the most definitely knows how to catch a scammer.
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KAREN A KINCAID November 09, 2012 at 11:17 PM
This is nothing more then a sin that people want to take advantage like this. i hope and pray that these people get caught and have to pay a hefty fine. I know we own a handyman business, and i can't even begin to tell you how many of the senior are very much taken advantage of. Getting prices of 12 to 1500.00 to remove a tree???? Some people aren't even covered under their insurance so this is money taken out of pocket. i know removing a tree, is not an easy job it's big time labor. This is not the time to take advantage of anyone. how rude is it to take advantage of these poor soles, or anyone for that matter. "IMHO" why do some feel like this is the time to take advantage????? That's adding insult to injury!!
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The United States is FAR too liberal in dishing out any penalties to such scum. Force them all into community services such as cleaning up after Sandy and helping all of the poor folks affected by this disaster, after that work them til they drop. Also BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. Why should the good people support this sort of trash while they live in our tax supported prisons.
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