Maybe you have already heard but there seems to be a new phone scam going around and this time it’s from someone posing as an employee from the Social Security Administration. I have heard a couple different scenarios and actually just had a call from my mom who received one of these calls.
In my mom’s situation it seemed to be an automated call. The speaker gave their name and said they were from Social Security and then proceeded to say that there is legal action being taken against them and they should call the following number….. Normally my mom would not pick up if she didn’t recognize the number but she was not near a phone that had caller ID, so she picked up. She found it odd that the person didn’t specify whose Social Security number was in questions, hers or my dad’s. Luckily she was suspicious enough to hang up, and then she called me 🙂
I have heard of other calls where the people are being told their social security number is tied to illegal activity and they need to give information to clear this up or their Social Security number will be suspended. It’s crazy how many variations there are on this, but all go back to someone pretending to be from the Social Security Administration. When you get right down to it, the intent of these calls is to somehow steal personal information such as social security numbers and bank account information. They do their best to rattle you, in the hope you will provide what they are asking for.
In doing some research on this, I found the following information directly from the Social Security Administration/ Office of the Inspector General’s website:
It is possible that an SSA employee may contact you to follow-up on a previous application for SSA/Medicare Part D benefits or to follow-up on other business you initiated with SSA. If you are unsure as to the authenticity of someone who claims to be an SSA employee, please call SSA’s toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213, to verify the reason for the contact and the person’s identity prior to providing any information to the caller.
To learn more visit: https://oig.ssa.gov/scams-involving-impersonation-ssa-employee
Please be aware of this scam in case someone you know or talk to have the same thing happens to them. Don’t be a victim! If you are suspicious of the call itself, just hang up and call the phone number above.