The increase in Social Security-related phone scams is alarming. These scam callers, alleging they are calling on behalf of the Social Security Administration (SSA), will often demand sensitive personal information and/or payments to “avoid legal action.”
According to the SSA’s website (SSA.gov), Social Security employees will never:
- Tell you that your Social Security number has been suspended;
- Contact you to demand an immediate payment;
- Ask you for credit or debit card numbers over the phone;
- Require a specific means of debt repayment, like a prepaid debit card, a retail gift card, or cash;
- Demand that you pay a Social Security debt without the ability to appeal the amount you owe; or
- Promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information or money.
If there is an issue with your Social Security record, SSA will mail you a letter.
If you receive one of these scam calls, hang up. In attempts at preventing future fraud, the SSA urges those who have experienced a phone scam to report the call in an online form found at https://oig.ssa.gov .
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