OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington State Patrol is warning about a phone scam in which criminals are asking people to give out their Social Security Number as part of an identity theft investigation.
WSP has received reports of individuals getting phone calls from people identifying themselves as an official from the “Washington State Police” and the “U.S. Justice Office.” The callers are requesting people to “call today” to an (813) area code number in Florida to confirm their social security number.
WSP recommends if called by someone representing themselves as a WSP employee and asking for personal identity information, to call a local WSP office to confirm the caller is an employee with the agency and to contact the office they work in for why they need your information. Authorities say never to give out personal information to someone you do not know.
Helpful web sites about how to protect yourself from identity theft can be found at the websites of the Washington State Attorney General, the Washington State Patrol, and the FBI.