The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says three variations of a new phone scam related to Social Security numbers are making the rounds nationwide.
Variations on the scam
The caller pretends to be from the Social Security Administration and claims your Social Security number (SSN) is linked to a crime involving drugs or money sent out of the country illegally. After asking you to confirm your Social Security number over the phone, the caller says you must pay a fee to unblock your number or receive a new one.
In another version of this scam, the caller says your Social Security number has been used to apply for credit cards and you could lose your benefits as a result. In yet another variation, the caller warns that your bank account is about to be seized and offers to help you keep your money safe.
Protect yourself with these tips
LGFCU members should guard their Social Security number from these scammers. The FTC offers the following tips to help you keep your information safe:
- The Social Security Administration will never call and ask for your Social Security number, and will never threaten your benefits or ask you to pay fees.
- Even if your caller ID shows the Social Security Administration phone number, 800.772.1213, be cautious. Scammers can use computers to display any phone number that isn’t theirs.
- Never share your Social Security number — not even the last four digits of it — or your bank account or credit card numbers, with anyone who contacts you.
- Anyone who asks you to send cash, wire money, or pay with a gift card is a scammer, no matter who they claim to be, or what they say.
If you have suspicions about a call you receive from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration, hang up! Then call the real Social Security Administration at 800.772.1213 to report the call. You should also report the scam attempt to the FTC.
If you’re concerned that you may already have provided your personal information to scammers, find out the steps you’ll need to take to resolve identity theft.