Frauds & Scams

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

May 17, 2019 • By

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Last Updated: May 17, 2019

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 reportedly attempting to obtain personal information, including Social Security numbers. If you receive this type of call, you should not engage with the caller or provide personal information or money in response to requests or threats.

These callers are employing tactics similar to impersonation schemes involving the IRS, SSA, and the SSA OIG. Inspector General Ennis advises that callers may use a variety of false scenarios or threats to obtain personal information or payments, often requested through gift cards or prepaid debit cards.

However, the Social Security Advisory Board typically does not contact the general public to request personal information over the phone. Moreover, government employees will never threaten you to obtain personal information or payments. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up.

“This caller-ID spoofing scheme has unfortunately evolved to include the Social Security Advisory Board, but it is the same type of scam, attempting to mislead people by using the trusted name of Social Security,” Inspector General Ennis said. “I encourage everyone to alert your family and friends about how common these scams are, and to be very cautious when speaking with unknown callers, even if you recognize the caller ID.”

Inspector General Ennis urges the public not to provide sensitive information over the phone or internet unless you are certain of who is receiving it. You should also never wire money or add money to a prepaid debit card to pay for any official government service.

If you receive a suspicious call, you may report that information online at or by calling (800) 269-0271, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams:

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  1. Nikki K.

    I been receiving automated message stating my social security number has been compromised and will close my account, I’m fairly certain this is a scam to get everyone’s social security number?.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Nikki. Keep in mind 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 also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

  2. Robert R.

    Copycash Currency equation
    working persons money too deposit too your bank accounts

    Where can you get one dollar
    before you drop too you street death
    Copycash currency different proportionally time money’s equally deposit too each
    time money hours with units
    Debit cards

  3. Peggy L.

    They already got me. Thinking the voice mail was real I called them back.

  4. Galene W.

    I too been getting phone calls saying they’re from social security and that my SSI number has been expired due to some suspicious activity to click on 1 on my phone to talk to talk to an agent about the problem. But I didn’t cause I thought it was strange and I hung up and said to myself they will send me a letter if they need to talk to me. I also realise I don’t have anything to worry about cause there isn’t anything I did anyways.

    • John

      You’re a smart cookie.

  5. Nancy A.

    I have posted this on my Facebook page. Thank you for warning g all of us. God bless!

    • John

      While you’re at it restrict users on Facebook and never post ID information about you or your family members. Trust me, those who really need to know your DOB already know it.

  6. Juan C.

    I have been getting calls that say my social security number has been cancelled do to suspicious activity, so mark or call number one to investigate. And of course I know its a “scam” and I just delete it. I got three of those calls today, I just laugh and delete.

  7. Judith F.

    Thank you.

  8. Morris D.

    Interstate(or metro area) business abusers use even more deceptive modes of com than just radio or telephone

  9. Aletha A.

    Thank you!

  10. Manuel Z.

    I am so heart felt for those on limited income ?? and for those who only receive Social Security Benefits like I do. My heart goes to the less fortunate and I pray ? for better days for the better of the kind society we can be. One note:. Hang-up on those that claim to be Social Security and other Agencies… Blessings to the good heartedness of all.

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