Two Men Arrested for Allegedly Conducting Social Security Phone Scam
Two men have been arrested after they were caught posing as the Social Security Administration and scamming elderly victims into sending them large amounts of cash.
The suspects have been identified as 27-year-old Jonathan Alvarez and 35-year-old Manuel Rebolledo, pictured here. According to Brea Police Department’s December 10th statement, the suspects had contacted the elderly, out-of-state victims through phone calls.
“Officers intercepted a package with $36,000 cash and arrested Rebolledo and Alvarez for their involvement,” reads the statement. The suspects were brought into police custody on November 21st. “Upon further investigation, it was discovered that a separate victim had sent over $660,000 in cash to various locations over a 2 month period.”
Fortunately, police were able to return the $36,000 cash to the female victim. It is unknown whether the other victim has recovered the $660,000 cash.
The Brea Police Department would like to remind people that the Social Security Administration and IRS will never contact anyone by phone or email to request money or personal information. If you have questions or think you may have received a call from the Social Security Administration, you may contact your local Social Security officer or call the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271.