Scammers are spoofing the Social Security Administration's (SSA) 1-800 customer service number to try to get your personal information. If you get a call that looks like it’s from the (SSA), think twice. Spoofing means that scammers can call from anywhere, but they make your caller ID show a different number – often one that looks credible.
According to the SSA, fraudulent calls are happening across the nation. Here’s how the scenario may go. Your phone rings. Your caller ID shows that it’s the SSA calling from 1-800-772-1213. The caller says he/she works for the Social Security Administration and needs your personal information such as your Social Security Number to increase your benefits or for some other reason that may seem legitimate. The problem? It’s not really the Social Security Administration calling even though the number above is the SSA’s real phone number. Instead scammers are spoofing the number to make the call look real.
What can you do if you get one of these calls? Hang up. Avoid being scammed by remembering these tips:
If you think someone has misused your personal information, go to IdentityTheft.gov to report identity theft and find out what steps to take.