Feds Issue Warning About Recent Wave of Social Security Scams

In response to recent instances of scam callers impersonating the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a warning to the public. A recent article from wtop offers an overview of the FTC’s announcement.

According to the article, scammers are convincing victims of their credibility by spoofing a genuine SSA phone number and caller ID. They then bargain for personal information, either offering to increase benefits in exchange for it or threatening to cancel benefits if a victim is unwilling to share their information.

The wtop article makes a number of suggestions for protecting oneself against this type of scam, including:

  • Making use of your phone carrier’s robocall alert service;
  • Using a call-blocking app;
  • Signing up for the National Do Not Call Registry; and
  • Arranging with your phone company to automatically reject anonymous phone calls.

In the event that you receive a suspicious call, the FTC has instructed the public to place a direct call to the SSA in order to verify and/or report the call. Always be protective of sensitive personal information, such as your social security number or account details.

For more details, read the article in full at wtop.