Frauds & Scams

National Consumer Protection Week

March 8, 2018 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

man and woman sitting on couch looking at laptop Looking to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft, and scams? This week, March 4-10, is National Consumer Protection Week, when we join the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to help consumers understand their rights and make well-informed decisions about money.

Have questions about how to protect your hard-earned money? You can join us today at 11:00 a.m. EST on Facebook for a special edition of Social Security Live, with Lisa Schifferle of the FTC. We’ll be discussing consumer protection tips, including how to protect yourself and your loved ones from scammers. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the experts how to protect what’s important to you!

You can visit the National Consumer Protection Week website here to read recent scam alerts and learn about a variety of topics, like privacy, identity, online security, and more.

Social Security has a robust cyber-security program to help us protect the information and resources entrusted to us. You can help secure your information by opening a personal my Social Security account. We’ll continue to do our part to protect what’s important to you and share information on how to protect yourself all year-round.

Don’t forget to RSVP to our special Facebook Live event today!

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


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  3. Beatrice

    received two phone calls 10/18/19 and 11/7/19 both asking to call back with the last four digits of my s.s.# because I was under investigation by social security department and my check was going to be suspended if I didn’t call before the end of the month ???? the numbers were 772- 303-2751 and 321-529-1770 did not answer any of those calls, but I’m concerned how they know details about me I don’t any use social media and I’m very careful with personal and banking info we have to be on the look out that’s a shame!!!! thank you for all good informative articles.

    • L.A.

      Hi Beatrice. Thanks for letting us know. Generally, we will only contact you if you have requested a call or have ongoing business with us. Recently, scams—misleading victims into making cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for Social Security number problems—have skyrocketed. Our employees will never threaten you for information or promise a benefit in exchange for personal information or money.
      If you receive a suspicious call like this: 1) Hang up. 2) Do not provide personal information, money, or retail gift cards. 3) Report suspicious calls here. For more information on how to protect yourself, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. We hope this helps.

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  5. my w.

    July 31,2019
    scam phone call stating they where SSI but I knew so I did not answer aproximately 9;:00 AM so far this year I have recieved too many this cyber technology is getting worse by the day the elderly do not deserve this abusive calls

  6. Lynda K.

    I am being threatened daily from calls from social security people saying they are cancelling my #. I’m sick to death of this. I block their calls but they call back again and again.

  7. Lynda K.

    I am gettings 20 calls a day from people who say they are from Social Security and that my Social Security number is being cancelled. I’m sick and tired of them threatening me. Is there something I can do about his.

    • A.C.

      Hi, Lynda. Thanks for checking in with us. 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.


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