Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams

Social Security Scam Jan 2020This important information is provided by the Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration.

Scammers pretending to be government employees will try to scare you and trick you into giving them your personal information and money. They may threaten you or your family and may demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or other legal action.

Don’t be fooled if you receive a suspicious call:

  • Hang up!
  • Do not give them money or personal information!
  • Report the scam at oig.ssa.gov!

What to look out for:

  • The call or email says there is a problem with your Social Security Number or account.
  • Someone asking you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, wire transfers, pre-paid debit cards, internet currency, or by mailing cash.
  • Scammers pretending they are from Social Security or another government agency. Caller ID or documents sent by email may look official but they are not.
  • Callers threatening you with arrest or other legal action.

Social Security may call you in some situations but will never:

  • Threaten you
  • Suspend your Social Security Number
  • Demand immediate payment from you
  • Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer
  • Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash.

Protect yourself, friends and family!

  • If you receive a questionable call, hang up and report it at oig.ssa.gov
  • Don’t be embarrassed to report financial loss or sharing information
  • Learn more at oig.ssa.gov/scam
  • Share this information with others.

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(Image credit: Social Security Administration)

 

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