Who among us has not received at least one call claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) alerting us – or threatening us – because our Social Security number has allegedly been linked to a crime? Our Social Security number will be suspended, or worse. The goal of course is to scare us into sharing personal information with the scammers.
SSA is trying to raise public awareness about these scams. SSA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has posted several fraud advisories, as has other organizations such as the AARP and the Division of Consumer Education of Federal Trade Commission. The OIG now has an SSA Imposter Scam Reporting Form that allows victims to report scam calls, emails, or texts.