Beware of fake Social Security calls!
If you get a call that looks like it’s from the Social Security Administration (SSA), think twice. Scammers are spoofing SSA’s 1-800 customer service number to try to get your personal information. Spoofing means that scammers can call from anywhere, but they make your caller ID show a different number – often one that looks legit. Here are few things you should know about these so-called SSA calls.
These scam calls are happening across the nation, according to SSA: Your phone rings. Your caller ID shows that it’s the SSA calling from 1-800-772-1213. The caller says he works for the Social Security Administration and needs your personal information – like your Social Security number – to increase your benefits payments. (Or he threatens to cut off your benefits if you don’t give him the information.) But it’s not really the Social Security Administration calling. Yes, it is the SSA’s real phone number, but the scammers on the phone are spoofing the number to make the call look real.
You should never give your Social Security number, bank account information, or other sensitive financial data to anyone making an unsolicited call to your home. Because the threat of caller ID spoofing is real.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the SSA and you aren’t sure if it’s a scam or not, hang up the phone immediately.
Then call the SSA back at 1-800-772-1213 to find out what they wanted.
You can also go one step further and report any suspicious calls to the SSA’s Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.