Social Security Scam Is Still a Thing
You would think that the scammers would get a clue. There have been numerous warnings about the Social Security scam for a while now, and people are becoming pretty savvy at picking up the clues that it just might be a scammer on the other end of the phone line.
Last week, while at work, I got a phone call from a Texas number that I did not recognize. If I don't know who is calling, I don't answer the phone, so I let it ring. It went to voicemail, and the message left said, "this is in reference to suspend your existing social security number on an immediate basis." I was then advised to call a number, not the SSA number, before they begin with legal proceedings.
Where oh where to start with this one? First of all, I laughed, listened again, laughed harder, and just shook my head. This is a SCAM. They didn't even bother to spoof the SSA main number. Second, after I stopped laughing of course, I started to do my research on what I need to do, if anything, to report this call. Because, of course, I am not about to call back.
According to the SSA website, they will not call you, unless you have requested a call:
If there is a problem, we will mail you a letter with your Social Security number. Generally, we will only contact you if you have requested a call or have ongoing business with us.
Your social security number cannot be suspended. I got that right from the Federal Trade Commission site. The number also cannot be blocked, which is a variation of being suspended. And, they will never ask for any type of gift card, iTunes card, Google Play card, you can see where I'm going with this, in order to pay off a fine. You will also NOT be arrested, so don't worry about the Sheriff or PD showing up at your house to drag you away.
I did call the main number for Social Security Administration, and through their phone tree, I was referred to the Office of the Inspector General in order to report my phone scam. They have a very easy form to fill out online. If you have received a call, please report it and know that this is just another scam, another way for thieves to try to get your hard-earned money.