Don’t Fall for This Social Security Number SCAM!
I just received another call from the Social Security Administration or so I thought at first. Honestly, the scammers sound pretty convincing and they actually have a system set up to display the SSA phone number on your caller ID.
This scam has been making the rounds for a while and continues to dupe people every day. Remember this - the Social Security Administration will never (EVER) ask for your social security number. Here's how the scam works from the SSA:
The FTC is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get your Social Security number and even your money. In one version of the scam, the caller says your Social Security number has been linked to a crime (often, he says it happened in Texas) involving drugs or sending money out of the country illegally. He then says your Social is blocked – but he might ask you for a fee to reactivate it, or to get a new number. And he will ask you to confirm your Social Security number.
In other variations, he says that somebody used your Social Security number to apply for credit cards, and you could lose your benefits. Or he might warn you that your bank account is about to be seized, that you need to withdraw your money, and that he’ll tell you how to keep it safe.
These are scams! Go to the SSA page for everything you need to know and how to report a scam.