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Callers Pose as Social Security to Steal Your SSN

From The Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia:

How the Scam Works: You answer the phone, and it’s someone alleging to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) or another government entity. The name on your caller ID may even back that up that claim. The caller says your social security number has been used to fraudulently apply for a credit card or commit another crime. In order to fix the situation, the caller needs you to confirm your SSN and other personal information. If you don’t cooperate, the caller threatens to take you to court or have your Social Security number blocked or revoked.

No matter the details, the stories are designed to induce fear. Scammers hope that under pressure you will tell them your SSN and other sensitive personal information. Scammers can use SSNs to commit identity theft and file tax returns in your name to steal your refund.

How to Avoid the Scam:

  • Never give personal information to unsolicited callers.
  • Remember, the SSA will never call you asking for your Social Security number.
  • Don’t trust your caller ID. The internet has made it possible for scammers to use fake numbers and IDs, called “spoofing” when they call your home.
  • Contact the Social Security Administration: If you are concerned about a call you received from someone who claims to be with the SSA, call the real SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).
  • Go to BBB.org/ScamTips for more information and to help others avoid being scammed.

For More Information: To learn more about other kinds of scams call your local BBB or report the scam online at FTC.gov/Complaint and BBB.org/ScamTracker.

 

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