Frauds & Scams

Scammers Fake Social Security Email

January 27, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: March 23, 2022

warning.scam.alertThe subject line says “Get Protected,” and the email talks about new features from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can help taxpayers monitor their credit reports, and know about unauthorized use of their Social Security number. It even cites the IRS and the official-sounding “S.A.F.E Act 2015.” It sounds real, but it’s all made up.

It’s a phishing email to get you to click on a scammer’s link. If you do, a scammer can install malware — like viruses and spyware — on your computer. Or, the link might send you to a spoof site — a lookalike website set up by a scammer to trick you into entering your personal information.


Not sure if an email is really from the government? Here are a couple of clues. Did the email end up in your junk folder? Email providers use filters to help catch phishing scams and prevent spam from getting into your inbox. And when you hover your cursor over the link, is the web address really a trusted website? In this fake SSA email, when you hover over the URL you’re invited to click on, you see the link goes to an unrelated “.com” — instead of the Social Security Administration’s or another “.gov” site.

If you get a questionable email, don’t click on any links, or open any attachments. Report it to the FTC at — and to the real organization impersonated in the email. You also can report it to your email provider. Some email providers let you mark messages as phishing scams. Your report is most effective when you include the full email header, although most email programs hide this information. To find out the full header, type the name of your email service with “full email header” into your favorite search engine, and include this information in your report. When you’re done, delete the email.

If you’re unsure about an email that looks like it’s from the government, contact the agency directly. But find the contact info yourself.

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    You need to get updated on the latest May 2020 email S.S. scam. Here is the source of the email and the text of the email below.
    OrgName: Defense.Net, Inc
    Request For Information
    May 20, 2020, 2:36 PM

    Dear R******* Z*********
    Please call our office before Friday, May 22, 2020 and ask for Karen. The telephone number is 877-772-3794 ext 34358.
    We need to talk to you about: Your Medicare entitlement.
    Social Security Administration

  4. Shirlyn j.

    I keep getting a voicemail saying my social security number is involved in criminal activity. The number is (323)879-4495

    • Vonda V.

      Hi, Shirlyn. Thank you for checking in with us. 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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  7. Geraldine L.

    I need to contact someone at the Social Security Office… During the Pendemic, our office is closed.
    My husband is in a nursing home and unable to handle his account. I need to change his direct deposit and address because we moved last year. I have tried to find an email on the website and have not found one yet. Please email me: leone.geraldine@yahoo,com or call me at 954-979-9855 to give me an answer…
    Thank you

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