Victims of disability scam now being preyed on again
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.