A few weeks ago, Johnson City resident Linda Palmer and her husband received an automated call purportedly from the Social Security Administration, claiming that their account had been frozen.

The call, it turned out, was a scam designed to collect their personal information.

“Luckily for us we’re not 65, so we’re not collecting anything, yet,” Palmer noted.

In 2020, the Johnson City Police Department saw 82 reports filed regarding scams, which is 23 more than the prior year. To date, there have been 32 reports filed in 2021.

“We have not observed any particular type of scam prevailing during the pandemic, but as you can see we had a significant increase in the number of reports regarding scams during 2020,” Johnson City Police Department Investigator Joe Jaynes said.

Jaynes recently shared some information with the…

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