SOCIAL SECURITY ADMIN DEPT SCAMMER CALLED - EVERYONE BEWARE, a Social Security scam is preying on senior citizens this year, AND I RECEIVED ONE OF THESE CALLS YESTERDAY. And if the caller claims you will face legal action, or be arrested, just hang up, don't give your information, and REPORTto the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271
or online. Report it to SSA’s Office of the Inspector General, online or at 800-269-0271
. REPORT IT WITH THE NUMBER THAT CALLED YOU. THE NUMBER THAT CALLED ME CAME ACROSS ON CALLER ID ON MY CELL PHONE AS THIS, "410-696-4338. IT WAS A RECORDING PROVIDING THE NUMBER FOR ME TO CALL BACK TO REMEDY THE PROBLEM. WHEN YOU CALL BACK, THEY TRY TO SCAM, TELL LIES, SAYING YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER HAS BEEN LINKED TO SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY AND SUSPENDED. The caller asks you to confirm your number so he or she can reactivate it or issue you a new one, for a fee. This is no emergency but a ploy to get money and personal data: Social Security does not block or suspend numbers, ever. In another version, the caller says your bank account is at risk due to the illicit activity and offers to help you keep it safe. Their warnings are 100% fake. On the other hand, you might get a call from a supposed SSA representative bearing good news — say, a cost-of-living increase in your benefits. To get the extra money, you just have to verify your name, date of birth and Social Security number. Armed with those identifiers, scammers can effectively hijack your account, asking SSA to change the address, phone number and direct deposit information on your record and thus diverting your benefits. Warning Signs: •You get an unsolicited call from someone claiming to work for SSA. Except in rare circumstances, you will not get a call from Social Security unless you have already been in contact with the agency. •The caller asks for your Social Security number — again, something an actual SSA employee wouldn’t do. •A call or email threatens consequences, such as arrest, loss of benefits or suspension of your Social Security number, if you do not provide a payment or personal information. •Don’t assume a call is legitimate because it appears to come from 800-772-1213
. Scammers use “spoofing” technology to trick caller ID. The person even offered a "badge number" and their first and last name, to make it sound official.