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Avoiding SSA scams during COVID-19

Jim Kreidler
While some of you are home, practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing to avoid the Coronavirus, remember that scammers are still busy trying to take advantage of people. Some scammers are
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Getting bombarded by scam calls? You’re not alone.

Jim Kreidler
The Social Security Administration (SSA) scam is the number one scam reported to the FTC right now. As soon as a caller threatens you, or demands you pay them with a gift card or by wiring money, it’s
Consumer Alert

Social Security is not trying to take your benefits

Jim Kreidler
We’ve seen a new twist on the Social Security Administration (SSA) scam recently. Check out this SSA imposter robocall, which says your benefits will end. (That’s not true, by the way.) Your browser
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SSA imposters top IRS in consumer loss reports

Seena Gressin
Have you gotten calls about supposed problems with your Social Security number from callers pretending they’re with the Social Security Administration (SSA)? If so, you’re not alone. Our latest Data
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Getting calls from the SSA?

Jennifer Leach
Probably not. At least, not from the real SSA. But how many of you have gotten calls from someone who said they were the Social Security Administration? And maybe showed the real SSA phone number (1
Consumer Alert

This is what a Social Security scam sounds like

Jennifer Leach
Earlier this month, we told you about a growing scam: people pretend to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. That scam is now
Consumer Alert

Fake calls about your SSN

Jennifer Leach
The FTC is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get your Social Security number and even your money. In one version of the scam
Consumer Alert

Hang up on spoofed SSA calls

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
If you get a call that looks like it’s from the Social Security Administration (SSA), think twice. Scammers are spoofing SSA’s 1-800 customer service number to try to get your personal information
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Your Social Security number isn’t suspended. Ever.

Lisa Lake
A caller says that he’s from the government and your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended. He sounds very professional. So you should do exactly what he says to fix things…right? Wrong. The
Consumer Alert

Scammers impersonate the Social Security Administration

Ari Lazarus
Your Social Security number is an important key for an identity thief. Scammers want it, and they think of all sorts of ways to trick you into giving it away. Here at the Federal Trade Commission, we