Callers posing as Social Security employees have been trying to get local residents to reveal their Social Security numbers and bank account information recently, Janesville police said in a news release.
The phony caller says the government needs the information so it can send money or because the information was lost in a computer glitch.
The Social Security Administration says it will not call or send an email asking for personal information, such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth or other private information, and advises people to not respond to such messages.
To check whether a message is real or a scam, people can contact their local Social Security office or call the agency at 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778).
To report suspicious activity, call the Office of the Inspector General hot line at 800-269-0271 (TTY 866-501-2101).
A public fraud reporting form is also available online at gazettextra.com/ssa_fraud