Social Security scam calls hit RBC

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Scam calls, which may appear to come from the Social Security Administration, have increased significantly in the last few months. The goal of the imposter callers? To scare you into giving them your personal information or sending them money.

Government agencies have issued numerous fraud advisory warnings about scammer calls, texts and emails in the last few months.

Guidelines from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website include the following do’s and don’ts:

DO hang up if someone calls you out of the blue and claims to be from SSA.

DO be skeptical if a caller claims to be an “officer with the Inspector General of Social Security.” Scammers appropriate official-sounding and often actual government titles to make a ruse seem authentic.

DO set up a My Social Security account online and check it on a monthly basis for signs of anything unusual, even if you have not yet started collecting benefits.

DO Do install a robocall-blocking app on your smartphone, or sign up for a robocall-blocking service from your mobile network provider.

Don’t call a phone number left on your voice mail by a robocaller. If you want to contact SSA, call the customer-service line at 800-772-1213.

Don’t assume a call is legitimate because it appears to come from 800-772-1213. Scammers use “spoofing” technology to trick caller ID.

Don’t give your Social Security number or other personal information to someone who contacts you by email. SSA never requests information that way.

Don’t click links in purported SSA emails without checking them. Mouse over the link to reveal the actual destination address. The main part of the address should end with “.gov/” — including the forward slash. If there’s anything between .gov and the slash, it’s fake.

By Niki Turner |


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