If you’ve received an automated call from The Social Security Administration and wondering if it’s legitimate, read on.
Social Security Administration Call
I’ve been receiving several “robo” calls from 888 numbers, with an automated message that claims it’s the Social Security Administration.
On one occasion I sent the call to voicemail. Here is the transcript of the message.
This call is from the department of Social Security Administration.
The reason you have received this call from our department is to inform you that we just suspended your social security number because we found some suspicious activity.
So if you want to know about this case, just press 1 – thank you.
Caller ID of Incoming Calls
Thus far, the calls have been coming from the following phone numbers:
Are The Social Security Adminstration Calls Legit?
In short, no. They are not legitimate phone calls.
First, your social security number can’t be suspended.
Second, people who are not U.S. citizens and don’t have a social security number have also received the exact same calls.
How It Works
If you press 1 to be connected to an agent, you will first be asked to confirm your social security number.
Don’t give it to them!
Once they have your social security number, they open accounts with that information.
For those that have been duped into giving their social security number, they are asked for payment information.
They are instructed to withdraw money from the bank or buy gift cards to use as payment to get their social security number reactivated.
The person is instructed to call back after they’ve gotten the money or gift cards.
Once they call back, they are given instructions on how to transfer the money to the fake Social Security Administration.
In some cases, people have withdrawn cash from their bank, and deposited into a Bitcoin ATM!
FTC Consumer Information
The FTC Consumer Information division has covered this particular scam pretty well.
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