Frauds & Scams

Scams Come In Many Different Forms

August 15, 2019 • By

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Social Security is at the forefront of keeping your online data secure, but you play a vital role in safeguarding your personal information too. Scammers commonly target people who are looking for Social Security program and benefit information. You might receive an advertisement in the mail, but it could be from a private company or […]

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How You Can Help Social Security Protect Others

August 8, 2019 • By

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Scams have become an unfortunate part of doing business online or via phone. Many people have received a call or voicemail from someone warning them that their Social Security number or benefits are suspended due to suspicious activity. It’s an alarming scam and one we must help people identify so that they do not become […]

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The Federal Communications Commission Helps Consumers Avoid Scam Calls

June 20, 2019 • By

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You know those robocalls from scammers that you keep getting on your phones? We get them at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), too. Scammers use a technique known as spoofing to mask their caller ID on your phone and disguise their identities to steal valuable personal information, including your bank account passwords and Social Security […]

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Combatting Elder Abuse: It’s About Dignity

June 13, 2019 • By

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This Saturday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), when people all over the world voice support for the rights and dignity of elders and opposition to the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults. WEAAD is part of a global movement for “elder justice” that asserts the fundamental dignity and equality of older adults. […]

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Inspector General Warns Public About Social Security Advisory Board-Related Scam

May 17, 2019 • By

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The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about a new variation of increasingly common government employee impersonation scams, this time involving the Social Security Advisory Board. The Advisory Board has reported that individuals are receiving scam phone calls displaying the board’s phone number on caller ID. The callers are […]

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Inspector General Warns Public About Caller ID “Spoofing” of Social Security Fraud Hotline Phone Number

April 2, 2019 • By

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The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning citizens about a caller-ID “spoofing” scheme misusing the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) Fraud Hotline phone number. The OIG has received recent reports of phone calls displaying the Fraud Hotline number on a caller-ID screen. This is a scam; OIG employees […]

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How You Can Help Social Security Protect Your Information

March 21, 2019 • By

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Protecting your information is an important part of Social Security’s mission. You work hard and make a conscious effort to save and plan for retirement. Unfortunately, fraud and scams are a part of our current reality. Scammers try to stay a step ahead of us, but our cyber-security programs help us protect the information entrusted […]

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National Data Privacy Day

January 28, 2019 • By

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Far too often, the news alerts consumers about potential data breaches and concerns over the privacy of their personal data. In 2018, several major breaches affected millions. Questions and concerns about data and privacy are on the rise. To highlight the importance of data privacy, Congress decreed January 28 as National Data Privacy Day. This […]

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Beware of Scammers Pretending to be Social Security

January 17, 2019 • By

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In the digital age, frauds and scams are an unfortunate part of doing business online. During the holiday season, Social Security has traditionally seen a spike in phishing scams, and we want to protect you as best we can. Did you find this Information helpful? Yes No Thanks for your feedback!

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IG Warns Public About Fraudulent Phone Calls Threatening Arrest or Legal Action

December 7, 2018 • By

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The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is urging citizens to remain vigilant of telephone impersonation schemes that exploit the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) reputation and authority. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) continues to receive reports from across the country about fraudulent phone calls from people claiming to be from […]

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