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Beware of Social Security Phone Scams

Beware of Social Security Phone Scams
Dec 6, 2021, 11:08 AM by Ashley Rahn

The Social Security Administration and Office of the Inspector General continue to receive reports of scammers impersonating SSA employees over the phone, to request personal information or money.  Imposters may threaten you and demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or legal action.  Do not fall for it! 

  • SSA employees NEVER threaten you for information, or promise a reward or resolution in exchange for personal information or money.
  • Do not us caller ID to verify that the caller is a government employee.  Many scam calls “spoof” official government numbers, such as SSA’s National 800 Number, the Social Security Fraud Hotline, local Social Security field offices, SSA press offices, or local police numbers.
  • Imposters may use legitimate names and phone numbers of SSA employees.
  • If the caller demands sensitive personal information, payment via gift card or pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, it is a scam.
  • If the caller makes threats when you do not comply with their request, it is a scam.

If you receive a suspicious call:

  1. Hang up!
  2. Do not give them money or personal information
  3. Report the scam at OIG.SSA.GOV/REPORT