The Inspector General for Social Security warns citizens to be on alert for fraudulent phone calls from people impersonating the Social Security Administration (SSA.)
The Acting Inspector General of Social Security is urging citizens to be cautious of these fraudulent phone calls from people claiming they are the SSA; however, they are schemes.
These calls are fraudulent, threatening and are exploiting the SSA’s reputation and authority.
The Office of the Inspector General continues to receive reports from around the country. The callers’ state, due to improper or illegal activity with a citizen’s Social Security number (SSN) or account, a citizen will be arrested or face other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number to address the issue. This is a scam; citizens should not engage with these calls or provide any personal information.
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The press release from The Office of the Inspector General says, “SSA employees do contact citizens, generally those who have ongoing business with SSA, by telephone for customer-service purposes. However, SSA employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. “
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Source: Office of the Inspector General, “FRAUD ADVISORY: IG Warns Public About Fraudulent Phone Calls Threatening Arrest or Other Legal Action”