By Mary Johnson, editor
Reports are coming in across the country of a new Social Security scam. Scammers use a threatening tone saying that due to illegal activity (such as an “account breach”) your Social Security account has been “compromised” and will be closed unless you call a phone number to address the issue.
Do not engage with these calls or provide any personal information! If you get such a call or any call demanding your Social Security or bank account number, hang up. Don’t respond to any recorded message. If you tend to get such calls, consider setting your phone up to allow an answering machine or voice mail to record or prescreen your calls.
In new versions of this scam, scammers are impersonating the Social Security Administration using the Social Security Administration’s own phone number as the incoming number on your caller ID. This is called “spoofing.” Should you receive a call from someone alleging to be from the Social Security Administration you may report that information to the Social Security Office of Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271, or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.
Read more in this blog from the Acting Inspector General of Social Security: https://blog.ssa.gov/ig-warns-public-about-fraudulent-phone-calls-threatening-arrest-or-legal-action/