Vic­tims of dis­abil­ity scam now be­ing preyed on again

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Stephen Dinan

Not only did an un­scrupu­lous lawyer file bo­gus dis­abil­ity applications for them, but now some clients of Eric C. Conn are the tar­gets of a phone scam look­ing to bilk them out of more money, fed­eral of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day.

So­cial Se­cu­rity’s in­spec­tor gen­eral said some of Conn’s clients have re­ported be­ing con­tacted by callers claim­ing to be from the gov­ern­ment, and of­fer­ing a $9,000 pay­ment from the “Conn Client Com­pen­sa­tion Fund,” if they pay $200 up­front.

“This scheme ap­pears to tar­get eco­nom­i­cally vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens and use scare tac­tics to de­fraud them of their re­sources,” said Gale Stall­worth Stone, the act­ing in­spec­tor gen­eral. “Cit­i­zens should be very care­ful and avoid en­gag­ing with these sus­pi­cious callers. If an un­known per­son pres­sures you on the phone into pro­vid­ing pay­ments for odd rea­sons, don’t think twice about hang­ing up.”

She said the num­ber the calls are com­ing from is 202-681-5115.

Some peo­ple have sent money, the in­spec­tor gen­eral said, earn­ing them even more calls of­fer­ing more pay­ments if they send more money.

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