New PSAs alert the public about phone scams misusing Social Security’s name and authority.
Telephone scams are a major threat to all citizens. Scammers pretend to be from various government agencies and other entities to steal from unknowing victims, and now they’re misusing the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) authority and reputation in these calls.
In recent months, allegations of people impersonating SSA employees over the phone have increased drastically. Your viewers might have received one of these calls, or heard from family members or friends who have gotten a call from someone pretending to be an SSA employee.
Scammers use a variety of tactics related to SSA’s authority and reputation to trick citizens into providing personal information, money, or other resources over the phone:
- They state there is a problem with your Social Security number or account, and you need to provide information to correct the issue.
- They claim there has been suspicious or fraudulent activity associated with your account, and you could be arrested or face other legal action if you do not respond with information or money.
- They even “spoof” SSA phone numbers on caller ID.
Citizens should not believe or provide any information to these thieves. SSA employees will never threaten citizens for information or promise Social Security benefits in exchange for information or money. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and citizens should just hang up.
“SSA Phone Scam Alert 2019” PSAs are available in (:15, :30 and :60 lengths) for both TV and Radio.