CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Shaquella Settles got a phone call. She called back and says the person who picked up said he was with Social Security.
Settles says the man knew her name, address and last four digits of her Social Security number.
Settles says the man told her someone had committed a crime in Texas, it was tied to her SSN, and she needed a new number, but there was a charge.
"[He] just told me to go to the bank and take all of my money out of the bank," Settles told Action 9's Jason Stoogenke.
She did -- $3,000.
Then, Settles says the scammer told her to go to a certain Harris Teeter and a certain Food Lion, buy gift cards, scratch off the backs and read him the numbers over the phone.
"I still didn’t think nothing of it. I’m crying, upset," Settles said.
Eventually, she told a friend who told her the painful truth: It was a scam.
"When she said that, that made me question, and I called the cards and there’s no money on them," Settles. "So now I’m just out of $3,000."
For some reason, Social Security imposters like to say a crime was committed and that it was committed in Texas specifically. Your caller ID may even have a Texas area code, but don't fall for it:
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