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Inspector General Announces 2nd National “Slam the Scam” Day

February 10, 2021 • By

Inspector General Announces 2nd National “Slam the Scam” Day

The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA), Gail S. Ennis, is designating Thursday, March 4, 2021 as the second annual National “Slam the Scam” Day, to raise public awareness of government imposter telephone scams, which continue to spread across the United States. This is part of National Consumer Protection Week, February 28 – March 6.

Last year, we received over 718,000 reports of Social Security-related telephone scams—with a total of $44.8 million reported lost. Victims who lost money reported an average loss of $5,800. On National “Slam the Scam” Day, we will work to spread the word far and wide about these scams—and encourage people to warn their friends and family to just Hang Up!

On the first National “Slam the Scam” Day, we partnered with other Federal agencies, Members of Congress, and nonprofit and retail organizations to help promote scam awareness. This year, we will expand our efforts, to partner with more agencies and organizations, and seek opportunities to work with local and national media outlets to amplify our message.

  • On March 3, 2021, Inspector General Ennis and Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, will hold a press call to discuss scam awareness and answer questions.
  • On March 4, 2021, USA.gov will host a “Slam the Scam” Twitter chat with Federal agencies.
  • Also on March 4, SSA will host a Facebook Live event to discuss the most common scams, what we are doing to combat them, and what the public can do to avoid becoming victims.

Inspector General Ennis urges Americans to be very cautious of calls from a government agency telling you about a problem you don’t recognize. Real government officials will NEVER:

  • Threaten arrest or legal action against you if you don’t immediately send money.
  • Promise to increase your benefits or resolve identity theft if you pay a fee or move your money into a protected account.
  • Require payment with retail gift card, wire transfer, internet currency, or by mailing
  • Text or email you messages that contain your personal information.

If you ever owe money to Social Security, the agency will mail you a letter with payment options and appeal rights. Social Security doesn’t suspend Social Security numbers or demand secrecy from you to resolve a problem—ever.

Visit our Scam Awareness page for more information about National “Slam the Scam” Day and Social Security-related phone scams. You can also visit our Fraud Prevention and Reporting page for additional scam resources.

Please share this information with your friends and family—and spread the word about scams on social media. This March 4, we hope you will help us “Slam the Scam!”


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Tracy Lynge, Communications Director for the Office of the Inspector General

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  2. azire

    So, how many people receiving SSDI, SSI, and SS retirement benefits AREN’T on Twitter or Facebook? If it’s a problem for seniors to get appointments for vaccination because they not comfortable or familiar with (or have the $$ to own and libraries w/computers & assistance aren’t available now) the internet & the devices used to access it, then why does Saul think that all of them regularly follow SSA on Twitter and Facebook? Some people avoid FB because of its horrible record on privacy/data mining, etc. Doesn’t seem like a plan for a “slam” that’s likely to be effective. Be better off going through people’s religious organizations, Meals on Wheels, any kind of social organizations that the elderly (or disabled) are likely to have a connection with, health care clinics, etc.

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  3. Dawn p shields

    Two questions. 1. I have been on disability, and I want to switch to SS or does it automatically switch over. 2. I use to have an account with SS. But it was when I first got my disability. Someone stole my information from my house I believe and I don’t remember my account or password. What do I need to do? 3. I’m 66 and I would like to try and do instacart one job a day to see if I can handle it pain wise. Am I allowed to do that? My email is 2hands4.God7@gmail.com. The last four numbers of my SS is 3980. I can give it all but didn’t know if I was suppose to. Thankyou for your help. Dawn p. shields

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    • Vonda

      Hi Dawn, thanks for using our blog to ask your question. Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries become full retirement age. The law does not allow a person to receive both retirement and disability benefits on one earnings record at the same time. We hope this helps!

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  4. SETBYEXAMPLE

    I assume you participate in nationwide pandemic create more backfire so we dont get our monthly payments OWED by SSA dating back to feb 2020

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  5. Mikem

    On the first National “Slam the Scam” Day, this is right said i am fully agree with this

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