Have you received one of these lately: someone or even a robo-caller contacting you and pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA)? They say your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity and may even claim to be from the SSA. The FTC’s latest Data Spotlight finds reports of these kinds of fraud and scams are quickly increasing. In fact, Americans lost $19 million to SSA imposters in the past year.
Here’s what to know:
- Your social security number will not be suspended, and your bank accounts will not be seized.
- The Social Security Administration will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer.
- The real SSA number is 1-800-772-1213, but scammers can make that number appear in the caller ID. If you’re worried about what the caller says, hang up and call 1-800-772-1213 to speak to the real SSA. Even if the wait time is long, confirm with the real SSA before taking any kind of actions.
- Never give your SSN – or your bank account or credit card number – to anyone who contacts you.