Reminder to all: Do NOT give out any information, especially your Social Security Number over the phone.
Receiving Calls from the Social Security Administration?
A warning to our members, there has been a string of people in our area receiving calls claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) asking for personal information (SSN, if you have credit cards, etc). These fraudsters will tell the victim that they need new SSN’s and that the police will be by to pick up cash for a “replacement fee” (some to the extent of $1000). This is NOT true, the real SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash or put money on gift cards.
To hear more about these fraudulent SSA calls or to report these scams please visit www.consumer.ftc.gov.
Fake Calls about Your SSN
Lately, there has been an immense amount of fake phone calls in the Rochester Region. There have been several reports sent to the FTC about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to obtain your Social Security number along with your money. Some of these scam calls may include an occurrence that involves drugs, sending money out of the country illegally or someone has used your SSN to apply for a credit card. The scammer will call claiming that your social has been blocked and will ask for you to confirm the social security number. All these calls are nothing but a scam. Here’s what you need to know:
- The SSA will never call and ask for your Social Security Number.
- Your caller ID may show the SSA’s real phone number but scammers can easily disguise this to show any caller ID they desire.
- Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you nor confirm the last 4 digits.
- Anyone who asks you to pay with a gift card, wire money or send cash is a scammer.
For further information on the fake calls visit: www.consumer.ftc.gov.
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