Frauds & Scams

Slam the Scam: Keep Your Personal Information Safe

March 16, 2023 • By

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Last Updated: March 21, 2023

vector of person hanging up on a scam call on their cell phoneDo you know how to spot a government imposter scam? Knowing how to identify potential scammers will help safeguard your personal information.

There are common elements to many of these scams. Scammers often exploit fears and threaten you with arrest or legal action.

Scammers also pose as Social Security or other government employees and claim there’s a problem with your Social Security number (SSN) or your benefits. They may even claim your SSN is linked to a crime.

When you identify a potential scammer:

If you owe money to Social Security, we’ll mail you a letter with payment options and appeal rights. We only accept payments electronically through, Online Bill Pay, or physically by check or money order through our offices.

We will never do the following:

  • Threaten you with arrest or legal action because you don’t agree to pay us money immediately.
  • Promise a benefit increase in exchange for money.
  • Ask you to send us gift cards, prepaid debit cards, wire transfers, internet currency, cryptocurrency, or cash through the U.S. mail.

Scammers continue to evolve and find new ways to steal your money and personal information. Please stay vigilant and help raise awareness about Social Security-related scams and other government imposter scams. For more information on scams, please visit our Protect Yourself from Scams page.

Tell your friends and family about government imposter scams. Let them know they don’t have to be embarrassed to report if they shared personal financial information or suffered a financial loss. The important thing is to report the scam right away.

Together, we can “Slam the Scam!”

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  1. Aletha L.

    If I receive a spam email where the sender is pretending to be Social Security, is there an email address to forward this spam email before I block it? Thank you

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Aletha. Thanks for visiting our blog. Social Security takes reports of fraud very seriously. Please report it to us here. 

  2. Ahmad

    I went through your blog, it is quite informative, would really like to see more such blogs with amazing content and information. Keep sharing more such blogs.

  3. awiyah

    Thank you for providing valuable information.

  4. Mr M.

    Prayer for immigration to USA and get the help with free (financial sponsorship ) job visa

    More Than 300 times sent to the USA this request letter . So many offices. Which is the correct office and where do I get help? I don’t know.
    Nid NO – 2694813880501
    Contact :
    H 35, R. 1.. B D,

    Dhaka Uddan, Mohammad poor

    Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    uminhaz077@gmail. com

    +88 017101559786

  5. HappyRose

    I was a victim of the scammers. They took my last $30 from my credit card in 2015. this number keeps harassing me daily after 5 o’clock 479 385 2505 / 479-385-2273/ 479-385-8698 / 479-385-4462. . I don’t have the funds to look these numbers up myself.

    • John

      Setup answer system on phone. May need knew phone. Uniden is a good one.
      Also if you have cable TV they have setup for showing incoming phone number on screen when it rings. look at customers service or support on screen.

  6. sandi m.

    thanks get scammers all day long I hang up answer and hit end same time ooops just got one ,


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