Frauds & Scams, Office of the Inspector General

Scam Awareness

August 21, 2017 • By

Last Updated: June 30, 2021

A couple sitting on a couch while using a laptopSocial Security is committed to protecting the information and resources entrusted to us, including your personal information and investment. However, scam artists might try to trick you into sharing your personal information or money. We’re here to help you identify and report these kinds of schemes.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has a new web page with tips on how to protect yourself from theft schemes, how to report scams, and recent fraud advisories. This is in response to an ongoing phone scheme, where individuals receive a call with a recorded message claiming to be from the OIG.

The message states the individual’s Social Security account, Social Security number, frand/or benefits are suspended, and that they should call a non-Social Security phone number to resolve the issue. When the individual calls this number, an unknown person pressures them into providing money or gift cards to resolve a fabricated issue, such as a warrant for the individuals’ arrest. Social Security does not solicit your personal information over the phone or by email, or request advance fees for services in the form of wire transfers or gift cards. If anyone pressures you to provide personal information or money over the phone, just hang up.

If you suspect fraud, report it to the OIG on their website or by calling the Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271.

For more than 80 years, Social Security has secured today and tomorrow by protecting what’s important to you. You can learn more about the tools we use to identify, prevent, and fight fraud here.


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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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    • Mrs. Maria Lolita Litt

      Good afternoon, I loss this new letter w/c was sent to me via Post on my mailbox coming from Social Sec. Office Br. in Manila Phils. and I am living here in NZ for 21 yrs. w/ my two adult son’s & never re -marry since my ex-husband pass-away April 1, 2001. REf: of this letter was BNC#: 20D1174F05286-D-2 RVT First Notice regarding my Naturalization, I can’t send my “Original documents because /someone stole my Marriage Contract/Discharge army /and my SSCard , I kept the Death Cert. his DD214/and other important doc, because there are “FRAUDERS” even on my computer not safe ,no privacy. Just in case someone will apply for my Claim deleted or declined them all, because, I never sent anthing like document’s I am the “ORIGINAL” surviving spouse, I can’t show you our SSC NO and my Medicare A card. I can feel thet someone receiving benefits, but they are “FRAUD” even on my bank acct. someone is getting paid w/c is not supposed to be. I can send all my doc. but if the Wellington Br. can communicate w/ or can cooperate so that we will catch who are they. OK? Thank you, IN GOD I TRUST THAT you can help me to sort this in cooperation of FBI, Director who sent email letter to me last Oct.19/2020 about my award Funds, but I never receive it too. Thank you, God Bless us all.

      • Vonda

        Hi Maria, thanks for using our blog. We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact the nearest Federal Benefit Unit in the area for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.

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