Inspector General Warns Public About OIG Impersonation Schemes

woman looking on phoneThe Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about an ongoing Office of the Inspector General (OIG) impersonation scheme.  The OIG has recently received reports from citizens about suspicious phone calls claiming to be from the Acting Inspector General.

The reports indicate the caller identifies as “Gale Stone” and states the person’s Social Security number (SSN) is at risk of being deactivated or deleted.  The caller then asks the person to call a provided phone number to resolve the issue.  Citizens should be aware that the scheme’s details may vary; however, citizens should avoid engaging with the caller or calling the number provided, as the caller might attempt to acquire personal information.

The Acting Inspector General urges citizens to be cautious, and to avoid providing information such as your SSN or bank account numbers to unknown persons over the phone or internet unless you are certain of who is receiving it.  If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be the Acting Inspector General or from the OIG, you should report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

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118 thoughts on “Inspector General Warns Public About OIG Impersonation Schemes

  1. Hello
    I received onkne of those phone calls and they left a voice message saying that if I did not call back that legal action would be initialed

    The phone number that called me was >>
    210 742-5552

    Jeff

    • I received a call from the same number and they left me a voice message too. Saying my Social Security Number can no longer be used. They also said ” I needed to call them back immediately

  2. Thank you for this SCAM UPdate —- I am sharing this information with all my friends, family, associates, co-workers, church family, etc. etc., etc.

  3. Good morning, it’s now 7:15 am NZ time, my two son’s and I has been here in NZ ages ago and my US Soc. Sec. Card was stolen and until now, it’s not yet recovered and we are the “ORIGINAL SURVIVOR” from the US ARMY MAN- and we have his “DEATH CERT.” since the USVA wrote us that they will re-instate our benefit due to the “DEATH” of my ex-husband and until now we don’t know who took my Card. But I have here the very old USVA Card/ DD214/ my Naturalization/the receipt of my US Passport , and my son’s US passport. We don’t know who claim all supposed to have since he died April 1, 2001 and my pension was stop. I did not get married to anyone,since then. I have no Divorce paper and even then according to the gentleman whom I read on his email, that my benefits must be re-instated and I have the form to be usbmitted for my claim. We are still here in NZ w/my eldest sister Elena Dulay Berg (deceased) who sponsored us to come in NZ. even it’s long time, I am still asking for Justice because we are the “ORIGINAL” since 1981 when I got married in USA. Please let me know if there is Justice on my stolen card and citizenship. I don’t know why? I am not married to anyone even partner, I don’t get involved since I got wrong one. Thank you for email. “GOD BLESS US All”

    • I’ve seen many variations of this post before. It is so rambling that it seems its only purpose is to clog up the blog. Remember that personal problems can’t be addressed on this site.

  4. I am so grateful for your warnings. I even sent a link in a text to this info to my sister. Keep them coming. Too bad we don’t have a phone number to see when the scammers call but I realize they can use another number. Thanks.

  5. Thank you for the update. I did receive several calls about this problem and I figured that they were bogus. Dean Smith.

    • Hello Susan. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. An SSA employee may call you in limited situations, such as if you recently filed a claim or have other Social Security business that are pending.
      If a person has questions about any communication—email, letter, text or phone call—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 (TTY number at 1-800-325-0778). Citizens may -also- report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report. Thanks!

  6. I have been called several times asking to continue a computer subscription to be deducted from my bank account. Press 1.
    When I get another call, I will save the number for IOG to trace.

  7. I am so grateful that this message is out to the public!! As a RN, I will have others , to be AWARE, of this fraudulent act!! Thank-You..
    MARYANN B Turner

  8. I am on SSD Physically I cannot work, I realize that Social Security is a supplemental income, but are their resources for utilities and rent?

    • Hello Barbara. You may also be eligible to receive additional assistance from the state where you live. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. You can also visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information. We hope this helps!

  9. Are there any phone numbers associated with this harassment and fraudulent behavior. Can we put a block on the number used to call people?

  10. Are there any phone numbers associated with this harassment and fraudulent behavior?
    Can we put a block on the number used to perpetrate this crime?
    I have received calls from numerous unidentified 971-256 prefixes and when I call back the number is not available.
    Thank you for the alert.

  11. I’ve had up to 10 of these calls in the last week. I never answer. They claim my SS# has been suspended. NOT!!! SS#’s are NEVER suspended.

  12. I want to thank you for the information about the inspector general’s investigation. I will pass this information to others in my circle. Joey Aguilar.

    • Thank you, Joey! We’re pleased we can help. We will continue our efforts to meet your requirements and expectations in the years to come.

  13. I keep getting text and emails about a bank card coming to me so my benefits can be on there earlier. I think AVID. I get direct deposit for my funds. It tells me to activate information. Is this real?

    • Hi, Norma. Please be suspicious of unsolicited text or email messages. If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company. Avoid providing personal information unless you are certain of a person’s authority to have the information. If you are not certain that an E-mail or text you received came from a legitimate source, DO NOT click the link. Visit the Office of Inspector General’s Scam Awareness web page to learn more about how to detect fraudulent messages. We hope this information helps!

  14. I get calls from a ‘company’ that does not give a name but says they are trying to contact me to refund money to me as the company has been ordered to close. They give a number to call back ‘right away’ so I can get my refund. I have never called them back, but they leave messages for me at least twice a year!

  15. I appreciate this info. However, is it possible to send a letter to those that don’t have a SS online acct. while I am techlogically savvy, not everyone is and my fear is that critical info will not be received by those that need it the most. Just a thought.

  16. I have been getting the call as described above, in fact about 8 times within the last 4 hours. I’m so glad you have this posted, I new the call had to be fraudulent.

  17. Received a call from 760-938-6156, saying my social security number has been comprised in Texas — the person calling identified herself as Officer Deb Johnson. Told her I would contact local Social Security Office. Is this a number actually associated with the SSA?

  18. I received a voice mail from 240-972-2109 claiming to be Officer Mendez saying my social security number has been used in “illegal activity” and to call them as soon as possible, and if I don’t, she wished me luck! I called back & a woman, (another Hispanic name I can’t recall) read me a rather detailed report about this activity. Basically, they said that my social security number was used to rent a car in Maryland and was found abandoned with blood found and identified as being involved in drug trafficking and cocaine; Mexico was also mentioned. She asked if I recognized any names she mentioned (can’t remember the names) and did I know anyone who might be involved; I told her no. They said they wanted to give me a new social security number if this was not me. She spoke very fast with a thick accent; I kept asking her to slow down so I could understand her. She asked several times for my SS number; I finally gave her the last four digits; now I regret that. I told her I was going to speak with my husband before going any further; at that point, the woman hung up on me.

    • Colleen, thank you for checking in with us. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. An SSA employee may call you in limited situations, such as if you recently filed a claim or have other Social Security business pending. In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen to confirm personal information over the phone.

      If you have questions about any communication — email, letter, text or phone call — that claims to be from SSA, 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 (TTY number at 1-800-325-0778). You may also report the information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

  19. I am Larry orr of Syracuse ny. 13207 I stopped page plus phone service and next month started receiving phone calls from all over world ! Very strange think they got mad and revived my info !

  20. I have been receiving tcalls with phone number listed in this article since August of 2018. I be came suspicious when my e mail message inbox w Social Security showed no messages. And the phone number left no information on my VM

  21. I got a call from NY from a court stating that my social security Number was used somewhere and it was flagged, how know or find out if my Number has been used fraudently and if it safe.

    • Hello Juanita. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. An SSA employee may call you in limited situations, such as if you recently filed a claim or have other Social Security business that are pending. In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen to confirm personal information over the phone.
      If a person has questions about any communication—email, letter, text or phone call—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 (TTY number at 1-800-325-0778). Citizens may -also- report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report. Thanks!

  22. I was called from your number it says about an order to suspend my social security number for fraud activity. They request that I call (306) 7752840. I believe this is fishing for identity theft. I am trying to check in with you but it was a 55 min wait to speak to someone.

    • Hello Melinda. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. An SSA employee may call you in limited situations, such as if you recently filed a claim or have other Social Security business that are pending. In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen to confirm personal information over the phone.
      The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which receives and analyzes public complaints related to identity theft, recently reported to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) an increase in reports of suspicious phone calls from people claiming to be SSA employees.
      If a person receives a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA, citizens may report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report. Thanks!

  23. I received a telephone call on November 14, 2018 from 1-214-329-9686. The caller states that “legal enforcement action has been filed on my SSN for fraudulent activities.” The caller then urges me to give them a call before they begin with legal proceedings.

    • Michael, thank you for checking in with us. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. An SSA employee may call you in limited situations, such as if you recently filed a claim or have other Social Security business pending. In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen to confirm personal information over the phone.

      If you have questions about any communication — email, letter, text or phone call — that claims to be from SSA, 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 (TTY number at 1-800-325-0778). You may also report the information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

  24. I received a call from 1 518 290 6002 that left a message stating that my benefit were going to be stopped based on fraudulent activity on my s/s number

  25. I was contacted by someone who claimed to be from social security. when the call first came to my cell. there was a pre-recorded message all citing various social security related and even one on public records that social security can ask. it was a long wait and they did call back but I told this person why he was asking when social security should have it. I did give my number but he called me a different name and he repeated my number wrong. I hung up on him. I told him I was going to the social security office instead. I don’t know if he did get my sss number I hope not but he called my cell. today nov 26 2018 I went to casa grande social security office and reported it. I hope nothing gets messed up with my number. this incident took place nov 23 2018 right before thanksgiving holiday an Friday casa grande office was closed. I tried to call there .

  26. Received a call from the 682 503 2966 claiming I was being investgated for fraud and said I had to call them back at the above # to avoid criminal charges

  27. I keep getting a call from 845-363-4731.
    I have blocked the number and added a call blocking app to my phone and they are still getting to leave a voice mail. Saying my ss card is being discontinued. How do I stop this?

    • Hi Valerie, thank you for checking in with us. Unfortunately there are some Social Security impersonation schemes that we are warning citizens about. You may want to check with your phone service on how to block the calls or check with the Federal Trade Commission.

      If you have questions about any communication — email, letter, text or phone call — that claims to be from SSA, 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 (TTY number at 1-800-325-0778). You may also report the information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

  28. On Dec.20,2018, received a voice mail phone call from vonage voice mail…from number 1-210-981-6535,from San Antonio,Texas, stated that they were from eagle ? enforcement action group filing an action against my social security number for Miller activities…To revert as soon as possible to the above number before legal proceedings…This is a scam/fraud according to the internet…please be aware of this type of scam ..thank you…

  29. Yes I am calling to report that when you call the direct express number it takes and moved it to….
    Catdyronivd ATm.
    Can you get this stoef

  30. I received a call today from the SSI. About my social security number being used. For fraud. Saying my checks will be stopped and my number blocked! I was told to push #1 and talk to someone from SSI. And when I did a man came on the line with a foreign sounding voice. When I asked him if he worked for the SSI he hung up!

  31. Have had two land line phone call’s with woman claiming to with Socials Security Admin. Stating there was something illegal about my account that that involved fraud and account would suspended unless i called a given number provided to correct.. I did not make the call. That number was traced to Texas. That number is 254-326-1327. one at 5am another at 2:03pm same voice same message.Last week a threat from a male at IRS which hung up on as another fraud call.traced to S Carolina

  32. So one called me with a recording and said my social security will be suspended if I did not call. So I did and the man said he was from the social security office and ask for my last four digit of my social security number and I did not give it to him. I told him I would call my local social security office and he hung up on me! What should I do?

  33. On MondayI received a phone call form someone
    who said they was a officer investergation on
    my Social Security account and that they will take
    legal action on my account. the Number is
    1-862-354-8457 it says New Jersey.
    I have the name he gave me he did sound like a Foreginer you could’nt have understand him i was saming what you say and he just hung up the phone.

  34. received call from 410-988-4736 , did not answer. but they left message person claimed to be Gail Stone, said my SS account would be suspended.

  35. I have had 2 calls today stating my SS has been frozen due to suspicious activity. Phone number was 800-777-2541 and 2542

  36. I am getting calls from someone claiming to be with social security saying that they need to varify some information so that you can send me my new medicare card. I just received a new medicare card a couple of months ago so I do not believe the person is with SS that is calling me and besides I have heard that you all do not contact people by phone. Please advise if you think these calls are from someone trying to steal my information. Thanks.

  37. Received a automated call from SS, saying fraudulent use by me of my SS number. Warrant out for my arrest. Call 903.705.1 695. Tried to call number and it was busy, hung up quickly. Came to this website for peace of mind. Knowing that this is a secure site. Thank you very much for what you do for us!

    • Hi Amy: If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

  38. Friday Feb.7 2019,I received a call from someone saying my Social security was being compromise d .Told me I need to call this number 612-813-9603.?..Needless to say I hung up.. can this be true??

    • Hi Linda: If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

  39. I received an automated recording stating it was the social security administration stating someone was going to freeze my account due to a legal claim .the phone # was (206) 212 1568 i looked it up it originated in seattle washington. to a locksmith company.

    • Hi Georgette: If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

  40. Received a call that was left on my cell phone voice mail stating it was Agent Talbert Morris @ 410-317-4862 and to call at once about fraud in relation to my SSN. I did not return the call and am reporting the call as I assumed it was a fraud call.

  41. I received a phone call from a person from the SSA stating that there is a Legal Enforcement Action filed and to call 904-712-4253. I called back the said their name was Jeffery Trubiano badge # 48CB726, Wanted my name I said I would call back

    • Hi, Danny. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can find additional information here. We hope this helps.

  42. I have been receiving ongoing calls today, 2/27/19, stating my SS# has been stopped due to fraudulent activity. The number from which the calls are being made is 866-404-6598. I have blocked the number.

    • Hi, Darrow. Thanks for letting us know. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can find additional information here. We hope this helps.

  43. I reported a phone call to me on the 22nd of February from Allen Texas. Someone in your office said it was a fraudulent number, and told me to hang the phone up if they called again. Well Saturday, I received a letter, wanting more info about my online application. they asked me to call them at 1-855-257-0067. they also sent an envelope addressed back to Albuquerque, New Mexico. They wanted me to call them back before March 13th.

  44. today I received a phonecall from a person named Diane Hill claiming to be from SSA: she statesit is regarding an investigation or suspension under (my) social security number. in county ( unclear) …second attempt to avoid appearance before a magistrate or grand juty for a federal offense. contact investigating officer at
    410-541-9290…….

    • Hi, Kathleen. Thanks for letting us know. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can find additional information here. We hope this helps.

  45. 3/7/2019 I have received 6 telephone calls with a recording stating my ss# has been suspended due to suspious activity and to press 1 for case information. I have not pressed 1 but hung up. I am getting these calls from 3 different numbers. 866 4047389, 866 404-8329, 866 404-8432. I checked with local SS office and was told to report this information. These calls have been coming all day, getting very upset.

  46. I got a call from some foreigner telling me there was criminal activity on my social security card, and it was being cancelled. But they did not leave a social security number and when I called back they asked me for that number. So i’m Suspecting fraud. I do not know if he was trying to get ahold of me or my husband. The number they told me to call was 1-678-810-3202. Please let me know if my card or my husband’s card is being cancelled. My name is Dottie H. Leichliter and my husband is James E. Leichliter

  47. I received a call saying that my number will be discontinue and my benefits cancel. I should speak with an agent from socialsecurity office and to do that press 1. The number of the person that call is 1(443)349-1212

    • Thank you for your comment. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. An SSA employee may call you in limited situations, such as if you recently filed a claim or have other Social Security business that are pending. In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen to confirm personal information over the phone. If a person has questions about any communication—email, letter, text or phone call—that claims to be from SSA or the OIG, please contact your local Social Security office. You may also call Social Security’s toll-free customer service number at 1-800-772-1213, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to verify its legitimacy (TTY number at 1-800-325-0778). Thanks.
      The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which receives and analyzes public complaints related to identity theft, recently reported to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) an increase in reports of suspicious phone calls from people claiming to be SSA employees.
      If a person receives a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA, citizens may report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

  48. i was called by phone # 1-800 542-1213 – identifying themselves as social security fraud line. I blocked them immediately.

    • Hi there. If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

  49. Just today, I’ve, so far, received four phone calls from someone calling themselves “Gale Stone” and asking me to call them back at 1-833-871-8721. I have not, or will I, call them back. I’m glad I have an answering machine for these irritating calls, but just wanted you to know that, apparently, there are still insane people out there trying to scam older people. I’m 73 and really tired of these morons thinking I’m that stupid. Hope you can get these idiots off the phone calls.

    • Hi Sandra, thanks for letting us know. If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

  50. I just received a call from a prerecorded number saying that my SS # had been ‘taken over’ or something to the effect. Caller ID was spam? Cypress T. They wanted me to call their number, 832.220.5698 which was also on the caller ID so they could help me straighten this out or there was a possibility that I would no longer receive SS payments.
    Clearly, this is a scam. Obviously, I will not call them. It would be great if you looked into these bad guys!!hanks

    • Hi Nancy, thanks for letting us know. If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

  51. I have received calls from a Redwood number 650-530-7227within the last week , sometimes twice a day. The person states that there is a “crime concerning my SSA ” and I should call them back.
    I have called each of the numbers listed on your answers and they send me to another menu to get help. Some of the numbers just ring and ring. These calls are annoying and there should be a clear “1 dial” number where we can report this type of call. I am 72 but know not to respond to these calls. Worked for State of CA. There are a lot of people who just follow along and get into the “menu express.” and get into trouble. I am going to block this number and then will have to find me!

    • Hi Diane, thanks for letting us know. If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

  52. I have tried to contact personnel at the Social Security Administration AND the Office of the Inspector General regarding the phone calls I have received today (3-14-2019) telling me that my social security payments will be discontinued because of some weird activity. It is now 2:30 pm and I have received TEN such calls since 8:29 am. I tried filling out the questionnaire without success. The telephone number for this abuse is 1-800-625-0778. It is a recording with instructions to dial 1 for more information.

  53. I just read a comment apparently from someone who works in the SSA office saying to contact the OIG at 1-800-325-0778 regarding fraud and other suspicious calls regarding termination of benefits because of abuse, etc. This is a TTY number and I was redirected to 1-800-772-1213, which is a big joke. What is going on? I do receive a small SSA check from when I worked. ON ONE wants to respond to the emails or phone calls.

    • Hi Patricia.
      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

  54. I have received several calls from 281-532-8412 indicating that they need a call back or legal action will take place… I did call the number and they answer
    “social security office” Is this legitimate or a scam?

    • Hi Patricia, thanks for checking with us. If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

  55. Just got a call from SSA officer impersonators claiming that fraud was committed on my SS# such as laundering. Heavy accent like an AT&T tech support with many voices in the background like telemarketing or something. their number is 1-518-800-4007

    • Hi James, if the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

    • Hi Mindy. If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

  56. Received call at 1:23 pm from # 1-602-529-3518 from someone female that said was calling from Social Security to inform me that my account was being canceled and I inmediately hung up because i have been getting similar calls from other numbers and was told from a previous call I made to a # 1-800-269-0271that social security office do not call their members, ,,,I am making a report for your officre to check the number of the call I mentioned before ,

    • Hi Hector. If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

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