Frauds & Scams, Social Security Number and Card

Use These Scam Tools to Spot Fraud

March 17, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: November 2, 2023

Senior African American couple using laptop, contemplatingOn March 10, we held our annual National Slam the Scam Day to raise awareness of Social Security-related scams and other government imposter scams. In case you missed it, here are our top tools and resources for this year:

  1. Check out our Fraud Prevention and Reporting page to learn about Social Security fraud – and how we fight scammers.
  1. Read our Scam Alert factsheet to learn what tactics scammers use and how to protect yourself.
  1. Create your own personal my Social Security account to stay one step ahead of fraudsters. Please read our blog post for more information about creating or signing in to your personal my Social Security account.
  1. Learn about other types of fraud on our Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) Scam Awareness page. You’ll also see how to report these scams to our OIG and other government agencies.
  1. Read our blog post to learn how to guard your Social Security card – and protect your personal information.

You can also check out the Federal Trade Commission’s page, Avoiding and Reporting Scams, for additional scam-related information.

We encourage you to watch the replay below of our Facebook Live from March 10 about Social Security-related scams and other government imposter scams. Please share these scam resources with your friends and family—and help us spread the message on social media. Let’s continue to Slam the Scam together!

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Dawn Bystry, Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic and Digital Communications

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  1. Sherri S.

    I have been getting a call wanting to see if I qualify for a new food assistance program in our area. The qualification are that I have SSDI with parts A and B. I told them that I don’t qualify for assistance because of my husbands job. They insist that this is new and I should talk to their agent. I told them I would check with before I talked with anyone. Is this something that is being done now?

    • A.C.

      Hi, Sherri. Thanks for visiting our blog. 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.

    • Sherri S.

      Hi, I am Sherri S. And I am not married. Who are you.

    • Gladys V.


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