New Social Security Scam! Beware!
Posted By: Jennifer O'Neill // Jan 18, 2019
There is a growing scam going around in which people pretend to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. In 2017, SSA heard from 3,200 people about imposter scams, and those people reported losing nearly $210,000. In 2018, more than 35,000 people have reported the scam, and they claim they’ve lost $10 million.
Scammers are saying your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity, or because it’s been involved in a crime. Sometimes, they want you to confirm your SSN to reactivate it. They also may say your bank account is about to be seized – but tell you what to do to keep it out of harms way. Quite frequently, this involves putting your money on gift cards and giving them the codes – and once you give them that, your money is gone.
The caller ID often times shows the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) when the scammers call. However, this is not SSA calling.
Here's what to know:
- Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended. DO NOT verify your number to anyone who calls out of the blue. And your bank accounts are not about to be seized or suspended.
- SSA WILL NEVER CALL to threaten with suspending your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Anyone who tells you to do those things is lying.
- The real SSA number is 1-800-772-1213, but scammers are putting that number in the caller ID. HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO: hang up and call 1-800-772-1213 to speak to the real SSA. Even if the wait time is long, confirm with the real SSA before responding to any of these scam calls.
- NEVER GIVE any part of your Social Security number, bank account information or credit card number to anyone who contacts you.
If you get one of these calls, you can file a complaint with SSA or call our office and speak to Daniel Vitello @ (800) 829-1980 x 113