September 16 2019

FTC Reports New Twist in Social Security Administration Scam


There is a new form of a well-known scam making the rounds that people should be aware of. 


“We’ve seen a new twist on the Social Security Administration (SSA) scam recently,” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said in a scam warning. 


In the scam a person will receive a robocall saying their their Social Security number will be suspended and all associated beneifts cancelled unless they get in touch with the scammers. They prompt the person receiving the call to “press 1” to be connected to a Social Security Administration official to resolve the issue. 


“If you get a call like this, do not press 1,” the FTC says. 

Instead, they say, just hang up and remember:

- Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended.

- The real Social Security Administration will never call to threaten your benefits.

- The real SSA will never tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on a gift card.

The Social Security Administration scam is the number one scam reported to the FTC right now, the release states. People filed nearly 73,000 reports about Social Security imposters in the first six months of 2019, with reported losses of $17 million. 

“So if you’re getting these calls, you’re not alone,” the FTC says. “Tell your friends and neighbors about this scam. Tell them to hang up the phone. And then to report it to the Federal Trade Commission.”


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