Scam alert: Washington State Patrol issues warning

February 12, 2014

By Staff

The Washington State Patrol announced a telephone scam occurring in Washington State requesting people to give their Social Security number when they call an (813) Florida area code phone number as part of an identity theft investigation.

The State Patrol received reports of individuals getting phone calls from people identifying themselves as an official from the “Washington State Police” and the “U.S. Justice Office.” The callers are requesting people to “call today” to an (813) area code number in Florida to confirm their Social Security number.

Identity thieves pose as businesses, banks, or government representatives in order to obtain personal information. They appear to be legitimate and sound convincing. Never reveal information to anyone you do not know.

The State Patrol recommends that if you are called by someone representing themselves as a WSP employee, and asking for your personal identity information, to call a local WSP office to confirm the caller is an employee with the agency and to contact the office they work in for why they need your information.

Helpful websites about how to protect yourself from identity theft can be found at:

• Washington State Attorney General www.atg.wa.gov

• Washington State Patrol/Department of Licensing Identity Theft Unit www.dol.wa.gov

• Federal Bureau of Investigation

www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud.

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