Sheriff: Residents have received IRS, SSA scam calls and e-mails in Onslow County

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ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller is warning residents about a scam potentially making rounds in the county.

According to a news release from the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, residents have recently been receiving Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service scam calls.

Authorities remind you that the SSA does not advertise benefits on social media and will not use social media or the phone to tell you that your account numbers are "frozen." The agency will also not as you for money by phone or social media.

They also say the IRS will not threaten citizens or ask for money or fines over the phone or on the internet. The court system or sheriff will also not send our warning letters or threats about jury issues or threaten arrest over the phone, e-mail, or internet.

The sheriff's office also urges you to not let anybody make you buy gift cards or send money for winning rebates, especially from people you do not know. As always, do not give your social security number to someone you don't know or trust.