Consumer Alert: If you get this call, don't pick up
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A consumer alert for cell phone users.
Beware if you get a call from someone who says they're from the Social Security Administration.
This consumer alert was triggered by a call that a FOX45 reporter received on her cell phone. We've learned it's a phone call that could cost you.
"This is officer Daisy Jones. You have been contacted by the social security department..."
Our reporter received this call, but she didn't answer. Then about four hours later....
“This is the last and final reminder..."
Another call: This time more threatening.
"Your social security number has been suspended and we will be pressing charges against your social..."
Angie Barnett, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Greater Maryland says you take a risk when you answer calls like this.
Barnett says the action they're calling for is your social security number. If they get that, you’re a potential victim of identity theft.
"They can apply for loans, they can get a job, they can run tons of credit cards,” Barnett said. “You can do anything with that social security number."
The BBB is telling consumers if you receive a call on your cell phone from somebody you don't know, don't answer it. If it's for you, if it's important, they'll leave a message.