Sheriff Jeff Trafton contacted The Republican Journal Tuesday, saying he had heard from several people recently from local residents who had received phone calls from people pretending to be calling from the Social Security Administration.

According to Trafton, "The caller states the person’s social security number has been compromised and needs to be changed. They will ask for personal information in order to make the change.

On its website, ssa.gov, the Social Security Administration states that it normally contacts people by mail if there is a problem with their account. It does not call unless a call has been requested or someone has regular business with SSA.

Furthermore, the website states that SSA employees will never threaten a citizen; suspend someone's Social Security number; demand immediate payment; require payment by cash, gift card, prepaid debit card, internet currency or wire transfer; ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash.

Trafton said he was concerned that some people might unknowingly give personal information to scammers. Anyone who receives such a call should hang up immediately and contact the Social Security Office of the Inspector General, which can be found online here.