Inspector General Warns Public About SSA Employee Impersonation Scheme

woman looking at cell phone The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about a new Social Security Administration (SSA) employee impersonation scheme.  SSA and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have recently alerted citizens about an OIG employee impersonation scheme and a scheme targeting former clients of Kentucky disability attorney Eric Conn; the agencies are now receiving reports from citizens across the country about other phone calls from an individual posing as an SSA employee.  The caller attempts to acquire personally identifiable information from victims to then edit the victims’ direct deposit, address, and telephone information with SSA.

The reports indicate that the impersonator calls from a telephone number with a 323 area code.  The caller claims to be an SSA employee, and in some instances, tells the victim that they are due a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of their Social Security benefits.  The impersonator goes on to ask the victim to verify all of their personal information including their name, date of birth, Social Security number (SSN), parents’ names, etc. to receive the increase.  If the impersonator is successful in acquiring this information, they use it to contact SSA and request changes to the victim’s direct deposit, address, and telephone information.

SSA employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes.  In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen confirm personal information over the phone.  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.

Acting Inspector General Stone continues to warn 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.  “You must be very confident that the source is the correct business party, and your information will be secure after you release it,” Stone said.

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.  (Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can call Social Security’s TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.)

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106 thoughts on “Inspector General Warns Public About SSA Employee Impersonation Scheme

  1. It’s amazing how many scam phone calls we get from some Indian accent fella who says he is a treasury agent for the IRS the same guy calls two times a week how anybody can fall for these idiots they barely speak English

    • One or twice a month I get a call from people supposed to be a Dell employee. Sometimes a woman, but most of the time a man. The caller is very polite, there is a sound
      as if the person is in a office.

      The callert says that my computer is infected with a virus, and he asks my permission to go inside it, and clean everything.

      Dell does not do it. Be careful, all of you.

      • I get that call at least 3 to 4 times a week. One day I was at work and the call came thru on my area code and like a local call. I answered the call and he proceeds to tell me the above, and I let him know that I sell Dell computers and am a Gov Contractor (which I was) and told him to stop calling me. He then proceeds to call me all kinds of filthy names. I was in shock that these guys are so brave. I was at work and one of my co workers said are you ok after I hung up, and I told him what had just happen. These guys are the scum of the earth.I wish congress would get a handle on these calls and shut these people down. I understand they are now using people in the area where you live phone numbers, to get you to answer the phone. I called one of the numbers back and the guy said I have not
        called you and he had been getting calls all day from people asking the same question. Felt bad for the guy. Crazy.

    • No. I have called my telephone carrier, and I was informed that nothing can be done. Just don’t
      answer the phone.

      • My dear colleagues … I teach communications, and the best reply is silence, listen for 10 sec. and hang up. Any reaction is a response and they’ve got you. Such in-coming calls are usually scams. If you want/need something, you initiate the call. The worst thing is to react to “idiots”. Let them swallow their own poison.

    • Call state Dept.. of Justice, fraud dept., give them the phone number, and a statement. If they tell you it is a civil matter , call Federal Dept. of Justice.

      • I received a call from, 1-800-727-4558 from a person called David Cooper. He claimed to be from the Social Security office in Minneapolis. And I am one of the dumb ones you gave him more information than I should. I will call and report this if I can. Pliease let me know what I can do. Thanks

          • CHAPTER 22. ASSAULTIVE OFFENSES
            § 22.011. SEXUAL ASSAULT.
            (a) A person commits an offense if the person:
            (1) intentionally or knowingly:
            (A) causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of another person by any means, without that person’s consent;
            (B) causes the penetration of the mouth of another person by the sexual organ of the actor, without that person’s consent; or
            (C) causes the sexual organ of another person, without that person’s consent, to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor; or
            (2) intentionally or knowingly:
            (A) causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of a child by any means;
            (B) causes the penetration of the mouth of a child by the sexual organ of the actor;
            (C) causes the sexual organ of a child to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor;
            (D) causes the anus of a child to contact the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor; or
            (E) causes the mouth of a child to contact the anus or sexual organ of another person, including the actor.
            (b) A sexual assault under Subsection (a)(1) is without the consent of the other person if:
            (1) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by the use of physical force or violence;
            (2) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by threatening to use force or violence against the other person, and the other person believes that the actor has the present ability to execute the threat;
            (3) the other person has not consented and the actor knows the other person is unconscious or physically unable to resist;
            texas penal codes ch 22 22.011 from katrineelizabethsackett32463

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  2. You have another option, if your phone service provider offers the feature. Block the number(s). If all of us did this, maybe the caller(s) will select an honest profession?

    • My cellphone provider has a “block caller” option on our phones, it is useless it will not block them from repeat calls.

    • I block these numbers all the time. I filled up my 250 spots and had to erase them and start again. The offenders just change the scammed number and call back. I used to hang up on them right away. Now I talked to them to waste their time so they have less time to scam other people. That was the latest info I read to handle them. Of course you have to have the time like I do since I am retired. I also do this with the credit card people that claim to lower my interest. I give them fake numbers. I have called the Attorney General of Florida, the FCC and the FTC and they all tell me there is nothing that can be done to stop them. They are calling from out of the country and spamming the phone numbers. You can get software that will stop robo calls but then you will not receive any. My doctor does robocalling to remind me of appts so I don’t want this option.

      • I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR TROUBLE AND SORRY TO HEAR THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DID NOT HELP YOU YOU DO THE RIGHT THING ON HANGING UP ON THE PEROSN ALOT OF TIMES IF YOU JUST CONTINUE TO HANG UP LATER THE PERSON STOPS CALLING OR CONTACTING YOU CONTINUE TO HANG UP BE CAREFUL

  3. I got approx. 7 voice mails left on my phone saying this was my final notice that IRS was suing me and I should call them immediately. Never called them back. It was coming from 3 different phone numbers. These people need to get real jobs!!

    • If everyone stopped answering the phone commercse as we know it will fail..so we got to get another committee to study the situation get a non partison agreement. Get it into law then see what happens..just kidding..caller ID. Probably the best… maybe we can ask the big banks they got the power so put them to work on the problem

      • The offenders are out of the country and know they can’t be touched. I got that info from the Florida Attorney General’s office. They are spamming their phone numbers so no way to trace the calls.

  4. My phone does not ring. So, I can later in the day find out who really called. I do not answer my phone ever…..

  5. SS should have the same rules as the IRS. No phone contact…only by mail. That would eliminate people trying to determine if it is actually a call from SS.

    • And if you have a pending claim it would delay processing it. Most of us have caller ID and the majority of SS Offices are listed in the phone book. For those with the 1-800 number, get the name of the employee and verify the call by calling either the 1 800 # or the listed #.

      • Phone book? We haven’t had phone books for at least ten years. Young people don’t even know what a phone book is.

    • IRS has not given cases to debt collection agencies that will call. So if you have a debt it would be hard to know the difference. Glad I don’t have debt so I don’t worry. But when IRS did their own collecting it was a good rule to know they never call. Now that has changed.

  6. My stupid ex spouse will likely fall for this one. I can only hope this time she doesn’t provide the scammers with all MY personal information again. So far this year she’s already fallen for the IRS scam and a “student loan rehabilitation” scam (she’s 65 and never attended college nor took out a student loan). Afterwards she calls to “warn” me they’ll be calling ME for payment, as she gives these callers my name, address, SSN, income information, etc. She refuses to believe it was a scam, because “how else would they have known the phone number?” She literally falls for every single scammer that calls, no matter what the scheme, and ALWAYS tells the caller I’m responsible for payment and gives them my information. Unfortunately there’s no way to prevent her from blabbing my personal information to anyone and everyone, no matter how private, confidential, sensitive, or embarrassing it might be. She simply has no boundaries, never has, and I fear it’s getting worse as she ages. She believes everything anyone tells her – except, alas, me. Sometimes I wish I’d entered a monastery high in the Himalayas at the age of 9 . . .

    • It seems that your former wife may not be as naive as you believe. It seems that she is giving her callers your personal info to bother you. That doesn’t show her as stupid. She is making your life less pleasant. That sounds like a successful
      plan on her part.

  7. I immigrated and live in USA, Modesto, CA for over sixteen years. This kind of scam happens everywhere. It is like people robbing window display and fire the store. I personally have experience different kind of scam in several industry or firm. But the most dramatic and ridiculous is housing authority, the voice sound like transgender, male or female , I am not sure, keep on asking for your personal information until the end, you might found something strange and when you ask them back , they say bad words. This kind of people thing they are special, but I think they need to see doctor in mental illness, they are sick.
    In this Social Security Agency newsletter is great, always has people monitor, that help a lot , a lot better. I hope more peace come and evil thought go away.
    I think this all thing is low and very low income people make it up. This kind of people needs a lot , a lot of effort to teach them civil laws, and educate them to be a responsible citizens. A lot of ours will help, but when will it stop.

  8. IN MY COMMENTS.THOSE CHEFT NEED TO KNOW THEIR CAN’T STEEL MONEY FROM SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION.BY CALLING INOCENT PEOPLE I THINK THEIR HAVE TO PUNISH BY FEDERAL LAW OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE.

  9. I’ve never had one from Dell, but I’ve had several from the “Windows” company. I tell them they must be confused, because I don’t have a computer. They hang up but that doesn’t stop others from calling. There are supposedly hundreds of computer “cafes” all over Africa which is where most of these calls come from. I have also told some of them that there is no “windows” company, it’s microsoft, you dummy!

  10. If you did not initiate the call then dont verify any info if you feel the call is for real tell then they already have info and you wont verify anything. Hang up. Ssa should not have a reason to call you unless you already initiated a call for some kind of info kr help. Besides that i dong know any gov. Agency that takes time out of their busy day to tell you they owe you money if they owe you and pay you they will just direct deposit just like every month you get paid and send you a letter telling you why you got another deposit that month. Dont be stupid in becoming a victim. The process of getting paid is confusing enough but a learning tool. They never just call. Trust no one!

    • SSA employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. 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.

    • a co-worker actually had someone from SSA call him because they feared someone else had opened an account in his name and was drawing HIS SS. As it turned out the call was real because the caller had all HIS info. He gave them none. The perp had the ss $ going directly into an account so there was no check with a name on it. They put a stop on the 3rd check and got everything straightened out. The co-worker was also told not to open an account for a couple months to be sure it was all taken care of. These people are not stupid. But I wish they would use their brains for a real job instead of scamming people.

  11. I’d theft is so prevalent and devastating. Wonder why social security is still issuing Medicare cards with your social security number for anyone and everyone to see. There seems to be no urgency to replacing these cards with random numbers linked to your social security number (only linked in social security databases) even though it’s a cheap paper card, and identity theft is rampant for seniors. This is an urgent problem!

    • I hear that’s going to change and everyone will be receiving a new Medicare card with a new number. It couldn’t happen too soon!

  12. On Saturday, I received a call from a different 800 number from someone who claimed he was from Social Security. Since I recently applied for benefits online, I thought maybe it was legitimate, but I called the 1-800-772-1213 number above just to be careful. After waiting on hold for over 15 minutes, the Social Security customer service person said that they were unable to verify anything, that they don’t make calls on Saturdays, and I should call my local social security office or the Office of the Inspector General to report fraud.

    • SSA employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. 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.

      • After I posted my comment, I googled the number and found it to be the Chicago Social Security Office. Upon re-reading my Social Security benefit filing material, I learned that Chicago is my field office (even though I live in Minnesota) and that they do contact people on weekends and in the evening. The call was legitimate, and the Customer Service Office 1-800-772-1213 did not provide accurate information to me. It doesn’t hurt to be careful.

  13. There was an attempt on my computer in March of my computer in March. I had to change my bank accounts. I still get calls randomly four to five times a day. I had to change the phone number and still get calls.

  14. Why would anyone need to do direct medicare payments, when the pament is already deducted from our Social security check?

  15. Hello to you all,I’m sorry I did’nt have time to read the article,please forgive,plus perhaps I have a present for you,in the near future is most rewarding possible,please imagine with much delight,please,it will happen!I’d like to say that I’ve say that I PI and Detective for the following,so that I would like an increase that I should be listed as a Vision-Disability instead of the above,plus her are the listed:The Oklahoma Human Rights,The United States Secret Service,The Texas Rangers Law Enforcement Admin.,The El Paso,Tx.Drug Enforcement Adminstration,The United Nations,The Scotland Yard(England),The Texas Auditor’s Office,The United States Air Force,plus all associated U.S.Military Branches,Superior,Wis.City Police Dept.,and all the Metrpolex of DFW,plus El Paso,Tx.,Police Dept.,Plus The United States Pentagon,recently,plus if all those e-mails checks out to be The World Record,plus that a majority that may have repaired The National Deficit,and if I don’nt get a raise or Badge brought to me by Squad Car,because who sucked up my rewards and badges that I never received which is none at all,= I’ll move out of This Country,plus I think that my Vision-Disability Monthly check should be around $5,000.00 per month,and probably The Texas Governor thinks I’m suppose to get a Lawyer to fix it=,I’m a broke person plus,excuse the profanity+What the fuck about my Docket Decree Fianancial Restition never received,I’m insisting on North Carolina Procedure to receive Fiancial Restitution,1st presentation date:5-18-08,that is if my check is this sorry amount of $735.00 per month,and I don’t receive an increase because of some People Baron or People Baronhood Psyco-Destiny control of the mother-fucker money printing machines,if there’s no increase this month and it’s not’s straighten up,then Fuck you to The U.S.A.,and I’ll move to another Country,Ps.The U.S. Air Force never heard of me,or The U.S.Pentagon either,plus if I move I rag out The U.S.A.like all of it some piece of shit to bi-pass,forever,plus I’m really a Jr. Sr.Citizen,I can leave a raggedy fuck,and how dare you get cocky,if I use profanity or insults,please check my computer-record on Investigations,plus never paid = Politicain fuck assy sorry shit,what’s your problem,plus this maybe the only and last e-mail to you all,-thanks.Birthdate:6-28-65,(last no.: of Soc.Sec.Admin.:7553)vision-disabilty,plus who and the fuck is the audio iillegal propaganda fuck-wad shit here in the City of El Paso,Texas,plus I hate Star Trek,them motherfuckers are to Terroristic,plus don’t sweat the profanity,it’s modern-day Novels all the time,+no increase this month I move to another Counrty and keep your bread-crum string out check,see gave a fuck,plusw I know your fucking asses were prompt and you receive a pay-off to user ditcher,loser,cruiser my Human-Endangerment,plus are The Police Dept.,in The U.S.A. really some fuck-assy Gestapo? I don’t have time to proofread!

  16. I Could not create my account, and found out that on somebody using m y nickname as a user ID. For the meantime my account is suspended for 24 hours to get back to this creation of account to register. I know lately that my disability benefit I found out that I was entitled to it but in 2010 asking for retroactive benefit and keep me shuffling from other state to the state, and got tired of it never give it to me..Now I found the truth through their gimmick claims shows AI and A means 2 types of benefit you should get I research yes but the employee I talk do not want to give me what that means truth comes out to my research I been cheated for my disability and until now they had not deposited the money to my direct deposit., So from now on folks research your entitlement and you will find the truth.In everything there is always one no matter what they do

    • Intersections Not Controlled by Signs, Signals, Multi-Lanes, or Pavement When approaching this type of intersection, yield the right-of-way to any vehicle that has entered or is approaching the intersection on your right. If the road to your right is clear or if approaching vehicles are far enough from the intersection to make your crossing safe, you may proceed. Since there are not any traffic ccontrols at this intersection, make sure there are no approaching vehicles from the left. You may legally have the right-of-way but be sure the other driver yields to you before you proceed.

  17. I have received phone calls this week and last week, that said there was unknown activity on my bank account and social security. It says to call Microsoft at a weird 818 number. I know about that breach a couple months ago, but this phone call recording was pretty strange. The third of the month is in two days and it’s a bit worrying for me. I, of course didn’t pick up the phone. Are there others getting this kind of to call Microsoft?

  18. I received a postcard from OIG SSA to call
    18884879917 x 12564 to call a special agent. I don’t know what this is about. Is this legitimate?

    • Hi Eleanor, SSA employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. The number appears to be a valid. Please follow the instructions in the letter when contacting us. Thanks!

  19. Intersections Not Controlled by Signs, Signals, Multi-Lanes, or Pavement When approaching this type of intersection, yield the right-of-way to any vehicle that has entered or is approaching the intersection on your right. If the road to your right is clear or if approaching vehicles are far enough from the intersection to make your crossing safe, you may proceed. Since there are not any traffic ccontrols at this intersection, make sure there are no approaching vehicles from the left. You may legally have the right-of-way but be sure the other driver yields to you before you proceed.
    texas drivers book ch 4 right of ways

  20. Intersections Not Controlled by Signs, Signals, Multi-Lanes, or Pavement When approaching this type of intersection, yield the right-of-way to any vehicle that has entered or is approaching the intersection on your right. If the road to your right is clear or if approaching vehicles are far enough from the intersection to make your crossing safe, you may proceed. Since there are not any traffic ccontrols at this intersection, make sure there are no approaching vehicles from the left. You may legally have the right-of-way but be sure the other driver yields to you before you proceed.
    texas drivers book ch 4 page 23 from katrineelizabethsackett32463

    • Intersections Not Controlled by Signs, Signals, Multi-Lanes, or Pavement When approaching this type of intersection, yield the right-of-way to any vehicle that has entered or is approaching the intersection on your right. If the road to your right is clear or if approaching vehicles are far enough from the intersection to make your crossing safe, you may proceed. Since there are not any traffic ccontrols at this intersection, make sure there are no approaching vehicles from the left. You may legally have the right-of-way but be sure the other driver yields to you before you proceed. texas drivers book ch 4 page 23 from katrineelizabethsackett32463

  21. CHAPTER 22. ASSAULTIVE OFFENSES
    § 22.011. SEXUAL ASSAULT.
    (a) A person commits an offense if the person:
    (1) intentionally or knowingly:
    (A) causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of another person by any means, without that person’s consent;
    (B) causes the penetration of the mouth of another person by the sexual organ of the actor, without that person’s consent; or
    (C) causes the sexual organ of another person, without that person’s consent, to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor; or
    (2) intentionally or knowingly:
    (A) causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of a child by any means;
    (B) causes the penetration of the mouth of a child by the sexual organ of the actor;
    (C) causes the sexual organ of a child to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor;
    (D) causes the anus of a child to contact the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor; or
    (E) causes the mouth of a child to contact the anus or sexual organ of another person, including the actor.
    (b) A sexual assault under Subsection (a)(1) is without the consent of the other person if:
    (1) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by the use of physical force or violence;
    (2) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by threatening to use force or violence against the other person, and the other person believes that the actor has the present ability to execute the threat;
    (3) the other person has not consented and the actor knows the other person is unconscious or physically unable to resist;
    texas penal code ch 22.011 assaultive offenses

  22. Intersections Not Controlled by Signs, Signals, Multi-Lanes, or Pavement When approaching this type of intersection, yield the right-of-way to any vehicle that has entered or is approaching the intersection on your right. If the road to your right is clear or if approaching vehicles are far enough from the intersection to make your crossing safe, you may proceed. Since there are not any traffic ccontrols at this intersection, make sure there are no approaching vehicles from the left. You may legally have the right-of-way but be sure the other driver yields to you before you proceed.

  23. Updated 09−10 Wis. Stats. Database
    Wisconsin Statutes Archive.
    CHAPTER 948
    CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN
    948.01 Definitions. 948.015 Other offenses against children. 948.02 Sexual assault of a child. 948.025 Engaging in repeated acts of sexual assault of the same child. 948.03 Physical abuse of a child. 948.04 Causing mental harm to a child. 948.05 Sexual exploitation of a child. 948.051 Trafficking of a child. 948.055 Causing a child to view or listen to sexual activity. 948.06 Incest with a child. 948.07 Child enticement. 948.075 Use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. 948.08 Soliciting a child for prostitution. 948.085 Sexual assault of a child placed in substitute care. 948.09 Sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older. 948.095 Sexual assault of a child by a school staff person or a person who works or volunteers with children. 948.10 Exposing genitals or pubic area. 948.11 Exposing a child to harmful material or harmful descriptions or narrations. 948.12 Possession of child pornography. 948.13 Child sex offender working with children.
    948.14 Registered sex offender and photographing minors. 948.20 Abandonment of a child. 948.21 Neglecting a child. 948.22 Failure to support. 948.23 Concealing death of child. 948.24 Unauthorized placement for adoption. 948.30 Abduction of another’s child; constructive custody. 948.31 Interference with custody by parent or others. 948.40 Contributing to the delinquency of a child. 948.45 Contributing to truancy. 948.50 Strip search by school employee. 948.51 Hazing. 948.53 Child unattended in child care vehicle. 948.55 Leaving or storing a loaded firearm within the reach or easy access of a child. 948.60 Possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18. 948.605 Gun−free school zones. 948.61 Dangerous weapons other than firearms on school premises. 948.62 Receiving stolen property from a child. 948.63 Receiving property from a child. 948.70 Tattooing of children.
    Cross−reference: See definitions in s. 939.22.
    948.01 Definitions. In this chapter, the following words and phrases have the designated meanings unless the context of a specific section manifestly requires a different construction: (1) “Child” means a person who has not attained the age of 18 years, except that for purposes of prosecuting a person who is alleged to have violated a state or federal criminal law, “child” does not include a person who has attained the age of 17 years. (1d) “Exhibit,” with respect to a recording of an image that is not viewable in its recorded form, means to convert the recording of the image into a form in which the image may be viewed. (1g) “Joint legal custody” has the meaning given in s. 767.001 (1s). (1r) “Legal custody” has the meaning given in s. 767.001 (2). (2) “Mental harm” means substantial harm to a child’s psychological or intellectual functioning which may be evidenced by a substantial degree of certain characteristics of the child including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, withdrawal or outward aggressive behavior. “Mental harm” may be demonstrated by a substantial and observable change in behavior, emotional response or cognition that is not within the normal range for the child’s age and stage of development. (3) “Person responsible for the child’s welfare” includes the child’s parent; stepparent; guardian; foster parent; treatment foster parent; an employee of a public or private residential home, institution or agency; other person legally responsible for the child’s welfare in a residential setting; or a person employed by one legally responsible for the child’s welfare to exercise temporary control or care for the child. NOTE: Sub. (3) is amended by 2009 Wis. Act 28 eff. the date stated in the notice provided by the secretary of children and families and published in the Wisconsin Administrative Register under s. 48.62 (9) to read: (3) “Person responsible for the child’s welfare” includes the child’s parent; stepparent; guardian; foster parent; an employee of a public or private residential home, institution, or agency; other person legally responsible for the child’s welfare in a residential setting; or a person employed by one legally responsible for the child’s welfare to exercise temporary control or care for the child. (3m) “Physical placement” has the meaning given in s. 767.001 (5). (3r) “Recording” includes the creation of a reproduction of an image or a sound or the storage of data representing an image or a sound.
    (4) “Sadomasochistic abuse” means the infliction of force, pain or violence upon a person for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification. (5) “Sexual contact” means any of the following: (a) Any of the following types of intentional touching, whether direct or through clothing, if that intentional touching is either for the purpose of sexually degrading or sexually humiliating the complainant or sexually arousing or gratifying the defendant: 1. Intentional touching by the defendant or, upon the defendant’s instruction, by another person, by the use of any body part or object, of the complainant’s intimate parts. 2. Intentional touching by the complainant, by the use of any body part or object, of the defendant’s intimate parts or, if done upon the defendant’s instructions, the intimate parts of another person. (b) Intentional penile ejaculation of ejaculate or intentional emission of urine or feces by the defendant or, upon the defendant’s instruction, by another person upon any part of the body clothed or unclothed of the complainant if that ejaculation or emission is either for the purpose of sexually degrading or sexually humiliating the complainant or for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying the defendant. (c) For the purpose of sexually degrading or humiliating the complainant or sexually arousing or gratifying the defendant, intentionally causing the complainant to ejaculate or emit urine or feces on any part of the defendant’s body, whether clothed or unclothed. (6) “Sexual intercourse” means vulvar penetration as well as cunnilingus, fellatio or anal intercourse between persons or any other intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person’s body or of any object into the genital or anal opening either by the defendant or upon the defendant’s instruction. The emission of semen is not required. (7) “Sexually explicit conduct” means actual or simulated: (a) Sexual intercourse, meaning vulvar penetration as well as cunnilingus, fellatio or anal intercourse between persons or any other intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person’s body or of any object into the genital or anal opening either by a person or upon the person’s instruction. The emission of semen is not required; (b) Bestiality;
    Updated 09−10 Wis. Stats. Database 2 948.01 CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN
    Wisconsin Statutes Archive.
    (c) Masturbation; (d) Sexual sadism or sexual masochistic abuse including, but not limited to, flagellation, torture or bondage; or (e) Lewd exhibition of intimate parts

  24. Breastfeeding in Public laws and ordinannces

    Q: Does federal or state law protect a woman’s ability to breastfeeding in public?

    A: Yes. Wisconsin law allows a mother to breastfeed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise allowed.36 Further, no person may prohibit a mother from breastfeeding her child, direct her to move to a different location to breastfeed her child, direct her to cover her child or breast while breast-feeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breastfeeding.37 This means women are allowed to breastfeed in restaurants, stores, parks, malls, and other public locations. Breastfeeding in public is not a violation of Wisconsin’s sexual gratification, indecent exposure, or obscenity laws.38

    Q: Are there local ordinances that protect a woman’s ability to breastfeed in public?

    A: Madison and Dane County both have local ordinances that permit a woman to breastfeed in public, and Madison’s breastfeeding ordinance provides additional protections.39 Madison’s ordinance protects the “expression” of breast milk in any public or private location where a woman (mother or surrogate) is otherwise permitted.40 Expressing breast milk includes pumping as well as breastfeeding. The one exception to a woman’s ability to express breast milk under Madison’s ordinance is that the owner of a private residence may prohibit a woman from breastfeeding or pumping within that private residence.41

    . The campaign to provide formula to children began as part of a social movement to
    liberate women from household responsibilities and to give them the opportunity to maintain
    their place within the workforce, even after the birth of a child. Since its inception, however,
    the movement away from breastfeeding has also allowed a redefinition of the use of the breast
    from an object for feeding a baby to an object of sexual stimulation. Some authors argue that
    this sexual objectification of the breast has inhibited women from breastfeeding. Whatever the
    case, current attitudes toward the breast and its exposure in the public arena have definitely
    colored the issues surrounding breastfeeding’ especially within an employment context. As a
    result, the social norms regarding breastfeeding have been severely altered since the
    introduction of formula. See Corey Silberstein Shdaimah, Why Breastfeeding is (Also) a Legal Issue,
    10 HASTINGS WOMEN’S L.J. 409, 412-13 (1999).
    8. See Heidi Littman et al., The Decision to Breastfeed: The Importance of Fathers’ Approval, 33
    CLINICAL PEDIATRICS 214, 214 (Apr. 1994).
    9. See id.
    10. See U.S. BUREAU OF THE CENSUS, STATISTICAL ABSTRACT OF THE UNITED STATES: 1998 (118th ed. 1998).11. See id.

  25. Sept 2, 2011

    TO:_____________________________________
    _____________________________________
    _____________________________________
    _____________________________________
    _____________________________________

    RE: Signature on blank form

    Years back!!!!! I signed something blank for a company called family and employee services on water and 3rd street (I believe it was) (back in about year 94-95-98 or so) (family service).

    But, It was still blank as forms with my signature on it (mine) when I left there!!!!!!

    It could have been filled in then BUT, it could have been left blank for later use or misuse and I
    do not have no way of telling one way or another!!!!!!!!!!!

    When I went back to see about a copy to review the forms for correctness and what this so called
    lady named Nancy Buchanoon did with it I only saw a sign saying moved But, no forwarding address or address of were the company moved to was left on the sign on the door. (so I could never find the company or staff claimed to be nancy buchanoon).

    I hope no one misused the forms with my signature on it (which no one yet filled in at that point
    and time.)

    John Rathman and barb from LSS and donna and kim said someone called the company and needed me to come down and sign something for them (I did not think it would be a big deal)

    I was in a hurry that day so I signed it blank and left ( said send a copy to me to review and if any errors I`ll come down for the company to make corrections. (but, I never got them to review).

    Please!! Do not misuse my signature on those blank forms!!!!!

    AGAIN!! Do not misuse my signature on those blank forms which were not yet filled in!!!!

    Respectfully,
    Katrine Elizabeth Sackett
    3-24-63 tacoma pierce washington (ft lewis wa)
    legal name change from kathrine Elizabth Sackett
    to katrine Elizabth Sackett in bell county temple tx
    year about 1985 march brown eyes 5ft 2\3 intall
    c\o david hall 5108N.LoversLnRd apt47
    Milwaukee Wi 53225
    4144618019

    NOTE: 2nd Letter about this issue
    family service and family service and employee service is the same company according to a staff at family service which is highland blvd
    Note: decree of annulment under Wilfred Acholonu and Katrine sackett married and decree’d in bell county court old court house belton near temple back then belton took care of temple(nokidsbetweenthetwoofus)(ABOUT APRIL 86)
    Hyde—stepdads name divorced mom in 1975 –wolter
    I hope the company or people involved did not give it to the military or state guard or anyone else to misuse

  26. Someone keeps calling me at the number 254 294 7237 wanting to know my disabilities and information on my health and personal info, I’m not sure who they are. Please help me.always pam

  27. I received a phone call from someone claiming to be an employee verifying info as I recently applied for spousal benefits. I was traveling in Canada and the call came from Peru. When I called the number he left (a legit SSA number) and confronted him he gave me his name and agent # and asked me to call the SSA and verify. I did and they said he was legit. He called back and asked if I verified him. I said yes. He asked me my fathers middle name, my mothers middle name and the last 4 of my social. He told me to bring in divorce papers and my marriage certificate to my SSA office, which I did. Now I’m queationing if this guy was who he said he was.

  28. Received a call on October 3, 2019 supposedly from deputy commissioner stating my social security had been suspended due to fraud — left number 240 207 6530 — I did not return call as I knew it was a fraudulent call.

  29. received call from 302-202-3605 stating my social security was being ” frozen and to call back- I do not yet receive SS

  30. Received a call earlier this afternoon (Nov 16) alleging to be from the SSA, stating that there has been fraud reported regarding my Social Security account, and that it is imperative that I call back immediately to 469-304-9014, and that if I do not, legal actions will be taken against me, and I will be arrested.

    Now I know that this is fraud, and that the SSA never calls anyone with actions such as this, but I just wanted the Agency to obtain the telephone number I was “instructed” to call.

  31. I received this phone message today 11/27 at 9:30am CST. It went to voice mail. I am not on social security.

    from phone: 800-772-1218

    message text: “…In case you feel this is an error, you may connect with legal cell [?] of Social Security Administration.

    In order to connect with a Social Security Administration officer, press one now. In case we do not hear from you your Social will be blocked permanently.

    To connect now, press one and you will automatically be connected with the concerned department’s official.”

    The phone number is pretty close to SSA’s official number, but I’m assuming this did not not come from SSA. Is that correct?

    Thanks!

    • 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!

  32. I received a call saying they were a officer from social security, and said I had committed socials security fraud? On benefits!. SCARED ME! And then i got pissted, shame on these people,

    • Hi Mary: 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.

  33. i just received a telephone call #410 317 4862…from a robert morris…he wished me to call this # or my SS# would be invalid

    • Hi Edward: 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.

  34. I have gotten three phone calls on my message machine telling me to call a certain number before they begin legal proceedings against me. It is very un-nerving.

  35. Here is a number that you should avoid. They ask for SS number and date of birth. Don’t give them any information.

    12254343070

    • Hi Linda. 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.

  36. caller from 678-701-8258 claiming he was a Officer Babbitt from tx that someone was committing something suspicious nd fraudulent activities in the state of texas

    • 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.

  37. I got a call from this number asking for spousal divorce documents to collect from my ex who is filing for his SS benefits. (Maybe)
    Ms Melvin, 1-410-965-1234.
    She left a voicemail. I called back to 1-410-965-1234… (It’s a landline in Maryland.) Then called the number she stated in her message since there was no prompt to access her at 1-410-965-5825.

  38. 2-26-19 9am EST I received a call from “SS” stating they are with holding my SS checks due to money laundering/drug running against my SS number. There is a warrant for my arrest for this “extremely serious crime I committed”. I was guilty of this crime because “other criminals claim their innocence.” He forwarded my call to the “deputy commissioner of SS investigations” They both were very abrupt with my uncontrollable upset crying. The “DCOSS ” told me my answers to 9 questions (in addition to previous interrogating question s) needed to be clear and precise because the BBB Fed Trade and Financial institutions are recording every word I say and “if they can’t hear the answers clearly it will be difficult to find me not guilty”. After approx 1 1/2 hrs of their constant
    continuation of questioning the “DCOSS” told me he will speak with his investigation team to determine further actions against me” “as he cannot take my word about this crime”. I was way beyond upset and when my husband came home he was extremely upset about what the scammers did to me. I called all the fraud phone numbers AND COULD NOT GET A LIVE PERSON!. I feel let down by the system and can’t explain how unimportant I feel to have gone through this and have no where to turn. NOBODY CARES ANY MORE ABOUT ANY TYPE OF CRIME!
    Too busy? Not big enough concern? ?????

    • Hi, Cynda. We are sorry for your frustration. 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.

  39. On 26 February my wife received a call from 12052731280 claiming to a representative of SSA, demanding a reply to insure non loss of benifits .She told them thank you, and we would call the local number and discuss.

    • Hi, Raymond. 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.

  40. I was called today ( 03/01/2019) about my SS number being frozen I knew it was a scam so just wanted you to know the phone number they called from, +1-425-578-1480, they did not fool me

  41. A voicemail came to my cell phone. A male voice said: “We are suspending your Social Security number due to suspicious activity. Press 1 to continue”. I hung up and went online to “Reverse Phone Lookup”. Others have received this call and some did not hang up. They were asked for their SS# or bank account. I felt that this was a scam and listened to the recorded instructions at the fraud hotline.

  42. Someone keeps calling me from (786)206-7265 reportly from the social security administration going by officer Gary Williams and when you ask what this is about they hang up

    • Hi Judy: 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 http://www.oig.ssa.gov/report.

  43. I received a phone call from a man who said he was an employee of the Social Security Dept. and someone had used my social security number and they were holding my check until the investigation was over.

  44. Fraudulent caller from “SSA” using 800-917-7619 calling my cell # with recording of “suspicious activity” reported on my SSA account. Possible ID of “Robert”

  45. I received a text message saying ” this call is from the Department of Social security administration the reason you have _____call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you…”

  46. Have received 2 phone calls from people claiming to be from SSA stating that SSA is launching action because of “fraudulent activity” on my account. Did not respond. Assumed SCAM.

    • Joseph, thank you for letting us know about these calls. We do not usually make random calls. If you or 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.

  47. I received a phone message from a person claiming to be from Social Security and suspending my account. The message requested I press 1 for further information. The caller ID reported the number as 866 848 5143. Hopefully this is helpful. I don’t know how to report this. The above posted link is not helpful as that site seems to be for reporting fraud only.

  48. Please do something about the spam calls. I use due diligence where unrecognized callers come up on my phone. I utilize the BLOCK caller feature as well as an app the scans for spam calls. Many of the calls are local and hard to ignore. How can a person know if an unrecognized caller isn’t a legitamite call to inform me of an emergency . My point is; blocking a spam is not always efficient. With today’s technology, there has to be a solution.

  49. I think it was a spam call got two of them from different no. I block them they tell that my number has been used and they need my info. So when they asked that I hung up and blocked the call they did it again today but instead of calling they left a text and wanted me to hit #1 to confirm and yet they left no number to return call.

    • Hi Sidnei. Thanks for letting us know. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying 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. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

  50. could you make it easier to make a complaint about scam phone calls and #s. I have had 9 calls today, using number from Florida and California.

  51. could you make it easier to make a complaint about scam phone calls and #s. I have had 9 calls today, using number from Florida and California. did not answer any of them.

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