TOM PURCELL: Let’s help our elderly population avoid scammers | Opinion
I just got another scam phone call from someone pretending to be from the Social Security Administration, and my blood is boiling.
When I answered my phone — from the 480 Area Code in Arizona, far away from Pittsburgh — a recording said, “Your Social Security number has been compromised. Stay on the line and an agent will be right with you.”
When the “agent,” speaking in broken English, asked for my name and address, I got even madder.
First, having done cybersecurity assessment and communications work the past few years, I knew that the Social Security Administration will never call me or anyone — unless you’re having an ongoing discussion with a legitimate government employee.
Second, another telltale sign that it was a scam was that the scammers had no idea what my name or address was….