SSA employees contact citizens, usually those with ongoing business with SSA, by telephone for customer service purposes. However, SSA staff will never ask you for information. You will not indicate that you risk arrest or other legal action if you do not provide information. In these cases, the call is fraudulent and you should just hang up. Yesterday I received a call from 434-995-6870 and today it was 434-995-4020. Both times they said I would be arrested. It`s scary to get these calls. Especially if you have medical vacation issues around d. Insult the violation.
“Unfortunately, scammers will attempt anything to deceive and harm innocent people, including fear that something is wrong with their Social Security account and that they could be arrested,” Stone said. “I encourage everyone to keep an eye on these programs and educate family and friends about their prevalence. We will continue to track these scams and warn citizens so they can stay one step ahead of these thieves. Fake phone calls related to Social Security benefits are among the top scams. The calls often involve people — or robot voices — pretending to be from the Social Security Administration trying to get your Social Security number or asking for money, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). At that point, I really understood why Social Security fraud is so successful. Social Security numbers cannot be blocked. No government agency will ask you to pay with gift cards. The authorities will never threaten arrest or prosecution unless you send money immediately. “You know, it`s a scam, isn`t it?” I said, tired of his deception.
“Why do you call the people who do this?” This scam is often done via Robocall – the registration provides a number that you can call to fix the problem. In another version, the caller says that your bank account is at risk due to illegal activities and offers to help you with security. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) continues to receive reports from across the country of fraudulent phone calls from individuals claiming to be members of the SSA. Recent reports indicate that unknown callers are increasingly using threatening language during these calls. Callers say a citizen will be arrested for inappropriate or illegal activities with a citizen`s Social Security Number (SSN) or account, or face further legal action if they fail to call a phone number provided to resolve the issue. This is a scam; Citizens should not participate in these calls or provide personal information. She was at work when the call arrived on her cell phone. My sister had talked to the crook for a few minutes before patching me up. The SSA says the language used in these calls has become “increasingly threatening” in recent years.
The caller usually states that they will be arrested for inappropriate or illegal activities with the person`s Social Security number or account, or face further legal action, unless they call a specific phone number to resolve the issue. In July, we reported an increase in fraud attempts to ask Social Security recipients to pay for the reactivation, protection, or reinstatement of their benefits. Currently, Social Security scams are the most frequently reported type of fraud and fraud, and according to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Social Security Administration, these scams continue to grow. The OIG now warns the public that fraudsters make phone calls and then tracks emails with forged documents to trick people into paying. This is a lesson that criminals have learned. Social Security fraud is the most common form of government fraud, where scammers impersonate government officials to trick you into sending money or revealing personal and financial information for identity theft. In a relatively new version of this scam, criminals are now sending threatening text messages pretending to be from Social Security. But according to the SSA`s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), “Social Security will never send a text message asking for a callback to an unknown number. Social Security only sends SMS if you have chosen to receive text messages from the agency, and only in limited situations. Keep in mind, however, that identity theft allows scammers to use (or at least show you) a number of deceptive numbers. Unfortunately, blocking the first number that called you does not prevent further calls from different phone numbers. Social Security will never threaten you, scare you, or pressure you to take immediate action.
The Social Security Administration will never ask you via email, text message, or phone for your personal information, such as your Social Security number, date of birth, or bank account information. SSA staff will never threaten you with arrest or other legal action if you do not provide personal information. On the other hand, you might get a call from a supposed SSA representative with good news – for example, an increase in the cost of living of your benefits. To get the extra money, all you have to do is verify your name, date of birth, and Social Security number. With these credentials, fraudsters can effectively hijack your account by asking SSA to change the address, phone number, and direct deposit information in your file, hijacking your benefits. As Social Security scams become more common — even more common than IRS scams — it`s important to educate others and raise awareness of these evolving tactics and identify and report scams. People who are aware of scams are much less likely to fall victim to them. The simple answer is that they are afraid that there is a chance that what they are being told is true.
They are convinced that it is possible that they will be arrested or that their almighty Social Security number will be screwed up. Fear overwhelms any reservations they may have and sucks them into deception. The scheme becomes real to them, so they will do what the scammer says to avoid trouble with the law. We continue to receive reports of scammers posing as government employees. Scammers may contact you by mail, phone, text message, email, or message in the United States on social media to obtain your personal information or money.