Scammers are going to great lengths—using emails, robocalls, and live callers, to separate you from your money.
In essence, the fraudsters are pretending to be government employees and claiming there is identity theft or another problem with one’s Social Security number, account, or benefits. In addition, they may threaten arrest or other legal action, or may offer to increase benefits, protect assets, or resolve identity theft. Often, they demand payment via retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency such as Bitcoin, or pre-paid debit card.
What should you do if receive a suspicious call?
- Hang up.
- Don’t give the caller money or personal information.
- And report the scam at Office of the Inspector General, SSA.
For the record, Social Security will never:
- Threaten you with arrest or other legal action unless you immediately pay a fine or fee;
- Promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment;
- Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card; or
- Send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email.
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