Don’t give anyone your Social Security number over the phone, Val Verde County Judge Lewis G. Owens Jr. said.

“My office has received several phone calls today from people saying they’ve received phone calls from callers trying to get them to divulge their Social Security number over the phone,” Owens said Wednesday.

The county judge said callers are using a number of different tactics in attempts to get the unwary to reveal their Social Security numbers.

“One person said the caller told them one of their cars had been in an accident and that the police had found drugs in the car, and they needed the Social Security number and driver’s license number to verify it was their car,” Owens said.

“Another caller said they had been called and told their Social Security card was being used in an unauthorized way and would they provide their Social Security number and driver’s license number,” he said.

Owens urged local residents never to provide their Social Security number, their driver’s license number or any other personal information over the phone.

“Nobody legitimate is going to call you and ask you for your Social Security number,” Owens said.

In addition, Owens said, one of the call-back numbers being provided was that of the county judge’s office.

“It’s kind of scary,” Owens said.

The county judge said he would be speaking to Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez about the calls and complaints he has received.

“People don’t know what to do, but no one should ever give out their Social Security number over the phone,” Owens said.

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