Look Out for the Latest Spoofer Social Security Scams

Look Out for the Latest Spoofer Social Security Scams

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Keep an Eye Out for Social Security Scams!

Phishing scams are evolving! Usually, a scammer who phishes for information tricks the victim into entering personal information – such as credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, etc. – on a fraudulent website that looks and feels genuine. However, earlier this October, the Acting Inspector General of Social Security warned against a new and prevalent type of scam: spoofing.

What is Spoofing?

Spoofing is the malicious and fraudulent practice of sending communications from an unknown and suspicious source that is disguised as a source the receiver may know.

Essentially, people will receive a phone call that looks like it is from 800-772-1213. That is the authentic number for the Social Security Administration, but the call is not coming from the SSA. In fact, it could be coming from anywhere in the world. The scammers then take advantage of primarily the elderly and non-English speaking and pretend to work for the SSA. The scammers say that they don’t have all your information, e.g. your Social Security number, on file, or that they need more information to increase your benefit payment. In addition, such scammers may threaten to cancel benefits if you refuse to confirm the information they ask for.

In addition to this, RoboScams do just the same thing – just with a pre-recorded or synthesized voice, not an actual person. Both forms of scamming are prevalent, so be careful!

One man in Mercer County lost $2,200. An Austintown woman lost $13,000 to social security scams. Do not fall for these calls! Remember, Social Security employees will never threaten you, and they will never offer a raise in benefits for an exchange of information.

How Do I Avoid Social Security Scams?

There are a few things you can do to prevent being the victim of such scams.

  •         First, list your phone with the do-not-call registry. This will reduce the number of calls you receive from scammers and telemarketers.
  •         Next, sign up for your phone provider’s robocall alert service. Such a service notifies you that an incoming call may be spam or coming from a scammer.
  •         Third, download a call-blocking app. There are many free apps along with some you must pay for monthly that can intercept and reject robocalls before the call even reaches you.

What Do I Do if I am a Victim?

Of course, even after taking the necessary precautions, you still may receive phone calls from scammers trying to steal your information. The bottom line is this: if you receive a call that appears to be from the SSA but seems suspicious, hang up. The FCC recommends that you call 800-772-1213 (yes, the actual number for the SSA) and report the spoofing call. In addition, you can report the call on the SSA website. If you’ve already fallen prey to a scammer, contact the SSA immediately.

Have Further Questions About Social Security?

If you have any more questions about social security, Social Security Disability Advocates is here to help. You can reach us 24/7 at (602) 952-3200. If you wish to contact us online, visit our website and check out our LiveChat feature.

 

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