Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that con artists use the name of the Social Security program in their fake phone calls, messages, emails, and letters because there are approximately 66 million Americans who receive benefits from the program. 

Social Security Benefits

Impersonating the Social Security Administration (SSA) in order to steal people’s Social Security numbers (SSNs) and other personal information and then using that information fraudulently is a common tactic they use in their schemes.

Scam artists are posing as public servants in order to commit fraud. They could intimidate you and demand quick payment in order to keep from arresting you or taking some other legal action against you. These thieves are constantly adapting and coming up with new strategies to steal your money and information about yourself. Do not give in to the temptation!

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Red Flags of A Social Security Scam!

1. SSA Representatives Calling Out of The Blue

Scammers will fake their caller IDs to make it appear as though they are phoning from the Social Security Administration’s official phone number, which is 1-800-772-1213.

This con typically involves some bogus claim concerning troubles with your Social Security number (SSN), Social Security account, or benefits, and it can take the form of a robocall or a live caller. Warning signs include receiving an unexpected phone call or robocall from someone who claims to work for the Social Security Administration (SSA). Your Social Security benefits or issues with your Social Security number will not be discussed with you over the phone by the SSA. All correspondence of this nature will be handled through the use of certified mail.

2. Calls at Odd Times

Scammers that target victims by calling them outside of normal business hours, on weekends, or on federal holidays do so in the hopes of catching them off guard.

Monday through Friday, the Social Security Administration (SSA) office is open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm (local time). If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the Social Security Administration outside of these hours, you should proceed with extreme caution.

3. Promises of Easy Grant Money

Grant Money

Scammers posing as Social Security Administration employees will make up stories concerning fictitious benefits, lost grants, or cost-of-living adjustments (COLA). Impostors will try to steal your personally identifying information while simultaneously trying to entice you with false promises of additional benefits (PII).

This may contain information such as your Social Security number, Medicare number, credit card information, or banking information. If someone calls you and asks for this information over the phone, you should politely decline and then hang up.

4. Callers Threatening Arrests or Police Arrests

Some con artists take the preceding scheme to an even more devious level by attempting to intimidate, terrify, or threaten their victims into disclosing personal information. Scammers may “transfer” calls to other criminals who pretend as law enforcement in order to frighten their victims into thinking that they are in legal jeopardy.

Scammers are able to compel their victims to comply with their demands by building fear in them and fabricating a sense of urgency in the situation. On the phone, a real Social Security Administration worker will never intimidate you or behave aggressively against you in any way.

5. Demands for Immediate Payments

When an imposter calls you claiming to be from Social Security, their primary objective is to steal your money. There are dishonest people who would try to trick you in a stealthy manner by gradually gaining your trust and then subtly luring you into divulging vital information that they can use for a variety of identity theft schemes.

Some con artists may be more forthright in their attempt to steal money over the phone. Any request for rapid payment should immediately raise red flags and make you suspicious that you are dealing with a con artist. The Social Security Administration will never ask for payment over the phone or ask you to transfer money using internet currency, gift cards, prepaid debit cards, or wire transfers. Nor will they ask you to send money using gift cards.

6. Impersonated Credentials

Impersonators frequently provide false credentials or badges in order to give the impression that they are authentic. Scammers may even send emails that appear to be official but are actually hoaxes and contain copies of documents that appear to have SSA letterheads and stamps on them. In June of this past year, many government agencies collaborated to publish a scam notice in response to the widespread use of fraudulent credentials that were fooling unsuspecting victims.

Always keep in mind that photocopies of official documents and identity badges should not be relied upon in any circumstance. No one working for the federal government’s law enforcement agencies will ever transmit images of their credentials in exchange for money of any kind.

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    What Action to Take If You Have Been Scammed?

    It is not necessary to act right away. Con artists attempt to persuade their victims that they have a moral need to take immediate action in order to remedy fictitious problems. 

    Before acting on any directions, you should first look into all of the claims. In the event that there is a problem with your Social Security number, the Social Security Administration would never require immediate payment or action.

    Key Takeaways!

    Put a stop to all payments immediately. Do not cooperate with the caller’s demands for payment; genuine Social Security Administration officials will never ask for money over the phone. Never send money through the mail, by a wire transfer, using prepaid debit cards or gift cards, or using cryptocurrency.

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