We have been receiving reports of more telephone scams during these difficult times. Residents are being told that their Social Security Number has been suspended because of suspicious activity or because it was involved in a crime. The caller will want you to confirm your social security number. The caller will say that your bank account is about to be seized, but will tell you how to keep it safe. This often involves putting your money on gift cards and giving the caller the codes or asking your credit card. Remember the Social Security Administration does not operate like this. This applies to the IRS scam as well, where the caller states that you owe money on taxes and then mentions fines or even jail. Also, do not trust unsolicited emails. Research charities to make sure they are legitimate. Do not fall for these potential scams. We are trying to prevent you from becoming a victim. Never commit to send money to anyone based on a phone call. Protect your bank information, your social security number and your credit card information. If you have any questions, call the Medford Police Department at 781-395-1212. Thank-you and Stay Safe.