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Telephone scam targets SSDI recipients

People in the Columbia area who receive Social Security Disability benefits should be aware of a scam being perpetrated against people in their situation. A woman in a nearby state says that someone called her and offered her $2,000 per month -- in exchange for $750 right now.

The woman says that a man called her and said he was with a company called Internet Solutions. The man was charming and spoke about his mother. He reportedly told the woman that Internet Solutions was offering yearlong grants to people who receive either SSD benefits or Social Security. The woman was told that she had qualified to receive $2,000 per month for the next year. But to receive the money, the man said, the woman first had to pay Internet Solutions $750 using her credit card.

Naturally, the woman became suspicious. She told the man she would not pay to receive a grant and hung up. Then she alerted local news media so that residents who receive SSDI or Social Security would know not to fall for the scam.

So far, it is not clear whether "Internet Solutions" or similar groups have infiltrated Missouri. Your SSDI benefits are meant for you and your family, and no one wants to be victimized by scam artists. If someone calls claiming to be from Internet Solutions or offers money in exchange for immediate payment, hang up. You can best protect yourself by never giving money or personal information to anyone over the phone unless you initiated the call.

Source: KLKN-TV, "Scam targets Social Security and Disability recipients," Sabrina Ahmed, Feb. 20, 2013

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