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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

New Social Security Scams

We have written here many times about scammers and their largest target area – our seniors. Often the warnings we hear about scammers deal with phony IRS issues. Now, just a week ago, the Social Security administration issued its own warning about scamming.

Like many of the IRS scams, this one deals with phone callers trying to get your personal information, including Social Security and bank account numbers, according to Gale Stallworth Stone, Acting Inspector General of Social Security.

The caller might say they are from Social Security headquarters  and will ask you to confirm personal information – Social Security number, new Medicare number, address and date of birth.

The calls are often automated or robocalls, and they will tell you your Social Security number has been suspended for questionable or suspicious activity. The automated call gives you a number to call back. The call tells you that if you don’t return the call, your account and benefits will be frozen.

Whether these calls claim to be from Social Security or the IRS, there are steps for you to take, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

If the caller tells you to hit a button to stop getting these calls, just hang up. Do not respond to any questions, especially if the answer is “yes.” Your phone company can provide you with robocall-blocking technology.

Remember, if you are ever uncertain, assume it is a scam. Hang up and ask someone you know and trust for help.



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