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Inspector General Updates Public About OIG Impersonation Scheme

March 31, 2017 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

elderly woman on cell phoneGale Stallworth Stone, the Acting Inspector General of Social Security, is urging citizens to remain vigilant of a nationwide telephone impersonation scheme.  Since alerting the public in early March about suspicious calls from people posing as Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigators, the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the OIG have received additional reports and information about the phone scheme from citizens across the country.

According to reports, the calls include a recorded message from an “officer with the Inspector General of Social Security.”  The recording states the person’s Social Security account, Social Security number (SSN), and/or benefits are suspended, and the person should call a non-SSA number to resolve the issue.  For instance, a common recording from “Nancy Jones” requests citizens call 806-680-2373.  Upon calling the number, an unknown person alerts unsuspecting citizens about a warrant for their arrest.  The unknown person urges citizens to purchase iTunes cards, other gift cards, or prepaid banking cards, for hundreds of dollars, and to provide the card information to the unknown person, to resolve the warrant.

Acting Inspector General Stone advises that citizens:

  • Avoid calling any number provided by a suspicious source, as the unknown source might pressure you to provide your personal information, or to make a payment or purchase for fictitious reasons.
  • Avoid making payments over the phone or purchasing gift cards or banking cards to resolve government or business matters.

“This scheme targets unsuspecting persons and uses scare tactics to defraud them of their resources,” Acting Inspector General Stone said.  “Citizens should be very careful and avoid responding to suspicious calls.  If an unknown person pressures you on the phone into providing payments or making purchases for odd reasons, don’t think twice about hanging up.”

If a person receives a similar suspicious call from someone alleging to be from the OIG, citizens may report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via

If a person has questions about any communication—phone call, email, letter, or text—that claims to be from SSA or the OIG, please contact your local Social Security office, or call Social Security’s toll-free customer service number at 1-800-772-1213, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to verify its legitimacy.  (Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can call Social Security’s TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.)

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  1. Rebecca F.

    This is good.

  2. Rebecca F.

    This is good./

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  4. Rebecca F.

    Don’t what to think.

  5. Ralph H.

    No comment at this time.

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  7. Leslie D.

    Who do I contact about federal government grants scams??

    • Leslie

      It cost 250$ and then 500$
      They want another 600$.
      I will get all back 1120 ??

      • Pmartin


        Not only will you not get back you’re money, but these people will sell your phone number and contact information to other thieves who will help drain your bank accounts of all the money you have. Don’t be so gullible ! Call the police, and it all stops!

      • AKA

        If you send me all your money I’ll get everything you were cheated out of back to you. Call Klondike 23-9814.

    • Dave H.

      See the following for reporting government grant fraud:

  8. Don L.

    The Congress of the United States of America is trying to fraudulently steal your Social Security money by redirecting it through privatization into the pockets of their fellow conspirators. Same thing with Medicare. You should be aware of this fraud and call your Congressman and Senator and let them know that you don’t want them to carry out this fraudulent attack on your social Security and Medicare.

  9. Sandra D.

    I recently received a call from a person telling me that I had won the Publishers Clearing House amount of two and a half million dollars after doing some research as I suspected this to be a scam I was correct and it was reported to Publishers Clearing House

  10. Tdwag

    Buy low sell high

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