Members in the Senior Pride community are currently reporting intimidating and threatening calls impersonating Social Security. DON’T BE A VICTIM. Learn how to recognize fraud.
In a warning posted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in December 2018, citizens are urged to be on the lookout for telephone impersonation schemes that exploit the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) reputation and authority. Fraudulent callers use threatening language and state that, due to improper or illegal activity with a citizen’s Social Security number or account, a citizen will be arrested or face other legal action or simply experience a suspension of retirement benefits, if the citizen fails to call a provided phone number to address the issue. This is a scam; citizens should not engage with these calls, not call the numbers and not provide any personal information.