There's a new scam making its way around Missouri that is an effort by fake federal agents to try and convince you to empty your bank account and give it to them and it's insidious.

This new scam has become so prevalent in Missouri and other states the Office of the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration has issued a bulletin. They termed this "alarming".

Here's how the scam works. The bad guys will contact you and say they are a federal agent. They will try to convince you that there is dangerous activity in your online bank account and they need money in person to secure your information. They used to ask for gift cards so this is a new way to try and rip you off from your hard-earned Missouri paycheck.

“This is the latest example of how scammers are constantly evolving their tactics to
intimidate or pressure people into making hasty decisions that usually involve stealing
their target’s hard-earned money,” said Inspector General Gail S. Ennis. “

If you are contacted, you should not provide any information and immediately contact your bank or financial institution directly through your normal phone number contacts or in person and let them know there are imposters trying to manipulate your funds. You should also report this directly to the Social Security Administration through their "report fraud" website.

It's just another method that villains are trying to use to rip off Missourians. Don't fall for it.

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