Fraud

Social Security Informing You About Recent Scams

September 10, 2020 • By

The most effective way to defeat scammers is to know how to identify scams. You should just hang up on any call you’re uncertain of and ignore suspicious emails.  Scammers are always finding new ways to steal your money and personal information by exploiting your fears.

One common tactic scammers use is posing as federal agents and other law enforcement. They may claim your Social Security number is linked to a crime. They may even threaten to arrest you if you do not comply with their instructions. Just hang up.

As a reminder, you should continue to remain vigilant of phone calls when someone says there’s a problem with your Social Security number or your benefits. If you owe money to Social Security, we will mail you a letter explaining your rights, payment options, and information about appealing.

There are a few ways you can identify a scam call. If you do business with us, remember that we will never:

  • Threaten you with benefit suspension, arrest, or other legal action unless you pay a fine or fee.
  • Promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment.
  • Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card.
  • Demand secrecy from you in handling a Social Security-related problem.
  • Send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email.

If you do not have ongoing business with our agency, it is unlikely we will contact you. If you get a suspicious call claiming to be from Social Security, you should hang up and report it to our Office of the Inspector General.


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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. SHIRLEY ODONNELL

    I WAS SENT A LETTER STATING I WOULD NO BE RECEIVING ANY SS FOR JANUARY AND HALF OF WHAT I GET FOR FEBRUARY AND THE FULL AMOUNT FOR MARCH. THIS GOES BACK TO 2005 HELP

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    • Vonda

      For your security, Shirley, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can call your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

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  2. Gail Gallagher

    I received a form to complete (2021 NY Senior Rights Survey) as well as being asked to donate. It is from National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare . Is this a legit organization?

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    • Sue

      Hi, Gail. Thank you for reading our blog and for your question. This organization is not related to the Social Security Administration, so we cannot speak to its legitimacy. We hope this helps.

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