Troy Woman Stops being Scammed before Losing any Money

Troy, MI – A woman who lives in Troy fortunately did not lose any money when she received a call from a person purporting that they were from the Social Security Administration.

On October 4th, 2019, at 3:45 p.m., officers from the Troy Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 block of Roundtree Drive to take a complaint from a woman who was almost scammed out of every dime she had in her bank account.

The woman received a phone call from a subject identifying himself as ‘Dominic Spenter’ from the Social Security Administration, advising her that a subject in Texas was using her social security number and laundering money to opening bank accounts. The victim was advised to go to her bank and empty her bank accounts which she did. The subject kept asking personal questions as to where she lived, did she live alone, etc. She was advised to take her money to a Target Store which caused her to become suspicious. She informed the subject she felt she was being scammed which he replied by informing her he was really Ray Martinez with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and if she ended the call, he would have her arrested.

She did in fact end the call and returned her money to her bank account.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The SSA will never (ever) call and ask for your Social Security number. It won’t ask you to pay anything. And it won’t call to threaten your benefits.
  • Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling. Computers make it easy to show any number on caller ID. You can’t trust what you see there.
  • Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Don’t confirm the last 4 digits. And don’t give a bank account or credit card number – ever – to anybody who contacts you asking for it.
  • Remember that anyone who tells you to wire money, pay with a gift card, or send cash is a scammer. Always. No matter who they say they are.

If you’re worried about a call from someone who claims to be from the Social Security Administration, hang up from that phone call immediately. Then call the real SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). If feel you’ve spotted a scam, then tell the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

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