Don’t Get Scammed!
Unfortunately, scammers are getting savvier by the day and Social Security is a huge area of concern. You probably have received a call where an automated message announces that there is an issue with your social security number and you need to call right away to correct it. The fraudsters are even using live callers now! Unfortunately, many people get taken advantage of because they really think there is an issue and they end up offering payment or giving their information to a stranger who uses it to hack into other accounts.
You should know that if there is ever a problem with your Social Security card or account, SSA will never threaten you for information or promise a benefit in exchange for personal information or money. Social Security may call you in some situations, but will never:
- Threaten you
- Suspend your Social Security number
- Demand immediate payment from you
- Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, internet currency, or wire transfer
- Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash
If you are on a call with someone claiming to be Social Security and are being pressured to give information or make a payment, hang up and call the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271. If you are an Osterhout Berger Disability client, please call us and we’ll be able to tell you if you need to proceed or if it’s a scam.
Learn more about Social Security scams at https://oig.ssa.gov/scam.