Everyday thousand of scammers find new ways to steal personal information. It’s a very common method of government impostor scam, in which fraudsters pose as government officials to get you to give up personal and financial data for use in identity theft. This is a very serious and growing problem. Con artists continue to call with robocalls and live threats to try to trap you into revealing their Social Security numbers over the phone.
Beware of these common methods and requests which in most cases are coming from scammers:
The callers try to get people to reveal their Social Security numbers by falsely claiming they have been suspended. Please note that The Social Security Administration will not suspend your Social Security number, nor will it direct you to withdraw money from your bank account.
Beware of all phone call that request your SSN. While, Social Security employees occasionally contact people by telephone for customer-service purposes. In only a few special situations, such as when you have business pending with us, a Social Security employee may request the person confirm personal information over the phone.
Social Security employees will never threaten you or promise a Social Security benefit approval or increase in exchange for information. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, please report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online.
The real SSA number is 1-800-772-1213, but scammers are putting that number in the caller ID. If you’re worried about what the caller says, 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 one of these calls.