Guide: Here’s how to protect yourself from fraudsters claiming there’s an issue with your SSN
Have you ever gotten a call claiming that there's a problem with your Social Security number or account? It could be a scam!
If there is a problem, the Social Security Administration (SSA) says it will mail you a letter. Generally, it will only contact you if you have requested a call or have ongoing business with them.
The SSA says the latest scam trick of using robocalls or live callers has increased, with fraudsters pretending to be government employees and claiming there is identity theft or another problem with one’s number, account, or benefits.
According to the SSA, below is what you should look out for to protect yourself from these scams:
1. SSA WILL NEVER
SSA employees will never threaten you. Suspend your SSN. Demand immediate payment. Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, internet currency, or wire transfer. Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash. Ask for personal details or banking information to give you a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA).
2. REPORT THE CALL
If you receive a questionable call, hang up, and report the call to the SSA’s Office of the Inspector General.
3. DON’T RETURN
Don’t return unknown calls.
4. ASK SOMEONE YOU TRUST
Ask someone you trust for advice before making any large purchase or financial decision.
5. DON’T BE EMBARRASSED
Don’t be embarrassed to report if you shared personal financial information or suffered a financial loss.
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Read and share THIS INFORMATION with friends and family to help protect them.