Watch Out for This Common Social Security Scam


Watch Out for This Common Social Security Scam

Posted by Infinite Wealth Advisors, LLC
6 years ago | October 8, 2018

The phone rings, and you answer it. It’s a representative from Social Security, calling to inform you of possible illegal activity originating from your file. Due to these suspicions, the Administration is suspending your payments, or freezing your bank account. They direct you to call another number to provide information that will help them clear up the matter.

You call the other number, and provide the requested information. A few weeks later you come to the horrifying revelation that your bank account has been drained, or your identity stolen. You might now owe thousands of dollars, thanks to debt racked up in your name. What happened?

Unfortunately, it appears you’ve fallen for a common Social Security scam. The original call from the “concerned but helpful representative” actually came from a scam artist, and you responded exactly the way they hoped you would. You provided information such as your Social Security number, your date of birth, bank account numbers, and possibly more. That information was used to hack your bank account, or obtain credit cards and loans in your name. This damage is difficult to undo.

It’s understandable that you might fall for such a scheme. The threat of losing your Social Security benefits, or of frozen assets, is indeed alarming. But here’s something you need to know: Social Security will never call you about a problem like this. Rarely is there ever suspicion of “illegal activity” related to someone’s Social Security benefits, but if there were, the Administration would send you a letter in the mail. In fact, Social Security is unlikely to ever call you at all, unless you have recently initiated communication with them.

If you do receive one of these suspicious phone calls, do not give out (or even “verify”) any information at all. Hang up the phone immediately. Then call Social Security’s fraud hotline number at 1-800, 269-0271.

Also remember that this scam can operate via email, too. Social Security will never email you, asking for personal information. If you receive such an email, delete it immediately. Do not follow any links in the email, and report it to Social Security using the phone number above.

If you ever feel concerned about your benefits, remember that you can initiate communication with Social Security yourself. That way you know who is on the phone, and that the information you discuss is safe.

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