Frauds & Scams

Top 5 Scam Resources You Need To Know

March 16, 2021 • By

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Last Updated: November 2, 2023

Top 5 Scam ResourcesEarlier this month, we hosted our second annual National “Slam the Scam” Day to raise awareness of government imposter telephone scams. In case you missed anything, we put together a list of the five most important scam resources you should know about:

  1. Read our fact sheet Beware of Social Security Phone Scams to learn how to spot fake calls and emails.
  2. Visit our Office of the Inspector General’s Scam Awareness page for information on phone scams—and how to report them to our Office of the Inspector General.
  3. Read our blog post to learn how to protect your Social Security number from identity theft.
  4. Create your own personal my Social Security account to help you keep track of your records and identify any suspicious activity.
  5. Visit our Fraud Prevention and Reporting page to understand how we combat fraud.

We encourage you to check out our Facebook Live from March 4th on government imposter phone scams below. Please share these scam resources with your friends and family—and help us spread the word on social media.

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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. john e.

    Nice Information. Can you please brief explain some other Scam resources.Nextgen

  2. Apk W.

    How social security related to Social Security?
    Regards: Motherboard

  3. nand

    thanks for this info
    we also have info about Episode Mod Apk

  4. Robert T.

    Paid surveys – ySense.

  5. john j.

    How people scam on social security number?

    Regards: gbhouse

  6. Ales

    Thank you so much for sharing this post, I appreciate your work.

  7. Kaitlin W.

    One letter in the first name on my social security card is incorrect. For some reason the person who transcribed my name for SS 20 plus years ago put Kaltlin, instead of the more common and certainly more correct Kaitlin. I’m not sure if this failure was due to mere incompetence or antisemitism (I have a Jewish-sounding last name). When looking on the social security website for solutions to remediate this issue, I found the instructions utterly confusing. For instance, in order to prove my name I need to submit my driver’s license – however, as I’m sure anyone knows, I need the physical copy of my driver’s license to, you know, drive. Can someone at the social security administration chime in me offer a solution?

    • Vonda

      Hi Kaitlin, thank you for your question. Check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for details on the documents you need to mail in with your Social Security card application to get a replacement card with your new name. We hope this helps!

  8. Tammy C.

    Someone created a mySocialSecurity account in my 80 year old mothers name and then changed her direct deposit information! She has been trying to resolve this with SSA since early this month, but still no resolution. CAN NOT REACH anyone at our local Fort Worth office! She has been told multiple times to contact her local office. THEY DO NOT ANSWER PHONES! It seems like they are unwilling to help her get her deposit information updated. Being told she would have her payment within 10 days, but when it didn’t arrive she was told she gave them the wrong routing number. I came home yesterday to her in tears due to frustration. SSA needs to do a better job servicing the retirees they are paid to assist!

    • Vonda

      Hi Tammy, thank you for using our blog. We are very sorry to hear about the difficulties your mother is experiencing. Please have your mother contact us. She can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or she can call her 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.

      • Jeanne c.

        She just told you the local Fort Worth office does not answer her calls. NOT HELPFUL!

  9. Martha G.

    My computer was hacked March 15, 2021. The hackers had access to my computer and my social security number, as well as other important information. My question is if I need to get a new number or wait and see if they try to use it. So far they haven’t tampered with my bank accounts.

    • Vonda

      Hi Martha, thanks for using our blog. Generally, identity theft issues are handled by the Federal Trade Commission. Visit to report identity theft and get a recovery plan or call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338).

      Visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on what you can do if you think someone is using your Social Security number.

  10. Michael L.

    Why are the seniors and the disabled being penalized. Why are we not receiving our stimulus payments. But yet I’ve talked with younger people who are paying their dealers off with it. We are continuously being told different dates. I am on ssdi ssa ssi and i would like to eat also. If there is a problem why we are not receiving payment then tell us what the problem is so maybe we can clear it up .i don’t even have the money to pay my phone i have to use my neighbor s phone

    • Cynthia T.

      I am going through the same process .

      • Patricia H.

        I also am a disabled citizen i receive ssi and I’m so very frustrated because I have bills to pay our electric bill is 1,301 dollars….. I really am relieing on my stimulus check to pay my bills
        I have so much ANXIETY and I’m panicking wondering if in even going to get it..i didn’t have any problems with the first and second stimulus payment….it was directly deposited in my direct express account…just as my monthly ssi payment…please help me releave some of my stress and please give me an estimated date for the deposit. Please in in need of these funds
        Sincerely patricia

    • Dennis W.

      I do not know why. If you filed you taxes on line and have a routing and account number. You should have received it by now. We got ours 9-days ago but still waiting for pour first stimulus check from a year ago.. Should get it with my 2020 tax refund. Check with the IRS and see if they have your correct info.

    • Bschecker

      Your income was not compromised. People lost jobs while you set at home like always. Your fixed income is still fixed and if you couldn’t pay your phone then you shouldn’t have it. My mom is on fixed income too and she would like the stimulus too but she is not bashing other ppl who got it or worry about how they spent theirs.

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