Social Security Scam
Although news and information about the Social Security Phone Call Scam has been reported for several months, people are still falling victim to this fraudulent scheme. Just in case you have not heard about it, I want to give you some information and tips to lessen the likelihood that you will fall prey to these scammers.
This is how it works. You will get a call saying that your Social Security Number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity or because it has been involved in a crime. Your caller ID will often show the real number from the Social Security Administration (SSA) (1-800-772-1213). Then they will ask you to do these questionable things:
- The scammers will ask you to confirm your SSN to reactivate it.
- The scammers will tell you that your bank account is going to be seized and will tell you what to do to keep it safe.
- The scammers will tell you to put the money from your bank account on gift cards and to give them the code.
Here are some important facts to know:
- The SSA is not going to suspend your SSN. They are not going to seize your bank account(s). The Social Security Administration will not call you to confirm your SSN.
- The SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or to request that you send money to them or put it on gift cards.
- Never give any part of your SSN to anyone who calls. Also do not give your bank account number(s) or credit card number(s).
If you get one of these calls, simply hang up. If you are worried about what the caller says because of the number that shows up on your caller ID, then hang up and call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213). You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint to report the incident. It has been reported that over 35,000 people have reported this scam and have lost over $10 million. Now that you know, hopefully you will not be one of the victims. All the best.
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