Part 1 of our Social Security phone scam series outlined red flags to look for if you get a call from someone depending to be from the Social Security Administration. Social Security might email you or text you about programs and services, but will never ask for a return call to an unknown number.
Social Security only sends emails or text messages if the recipient has opted in to receive them and only in limited situations, including the following:
⦁ When you have subscribed with Social Security to receive updates and notifications by text or email.
⦁ As part of Social Security’s enhanced security when accessing your personal my Social Security account.
Now what can you do to be an active combatant against these fraud practices? The following steps can be taken to fight back. It’s important for everyone to do their part in order to stop Social Security scamming from happening in the first place.
If you receive a questionable call…
⦁ Hang up and report it at oig.ssa.gov.
⦁ Do not return unknown calls, emails, or texts.
⦁ Ask someone you trust for advice before making any large purchase or financial decision.
⦁ Do not be embarrassed to report if you shared personal information or suffered a financial loss.
⦁ Learn more at oig.ssa.gov/scam.