HOLT, Fla., Jan. 26, 2018–The Federal Trade Commission is receiving reports about scammer calls claiming to be from the Social Security Administration.
Callers tell their victims there’s been a computer problem and they need to confirm Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, date of birth or other personal information.
Others report seeing spoofed websites that look like the place to apply for a new Social Security card; however, the websites are set up to steal personal information.
According to the FTC, Social Security numbers are important keys for an identity thief. Scammers come up with all sorts of ways to trick people into giving them away.
People receiving a scam phone call or are directed to a website claiming to be associated with the Social Security Administration other than ssa.gov shouldn’t respond, says the FTC.
FTC tips to deal with government imposters:
- Don’t give the caller information. Never give out or confirm sensitive information such as bank accounts, credit cards or Social Security numbers. If contacted by someone, be sure who they are.
- Don’t trust a name or number. Con artists use official-sounding names to instill trust. To make their call seem legitimate, scammers use internet technology to spoof area codes. Although it may seem they are calling from Washington, DC, they could be calling from anywhere in the world.
- Check with the Social Security Administration. The SSA has a warning about these scams and suggests contacting them directly at 1-800-772-1213 to verify the reason for the contact and the person’s identity prior to providing any information to the caller.
Report scams to the SSA’s Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271/1-866-501-2101(TTY) and then tell the FTC about it.