Beware of Social Security Scams

There has been a huge surge in the number of “robocalls” or scam calls in the past few years. The most recent robocallers pretend to be the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your personal information and your money. The automated recording will say that your Social Security number (SSN) “has been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity,” and advises to contact a specific phone number immediately. It should be stated that the real SSA does not suspend numbers, ever.

According to the FTC website, “So far THIS year: more than 35,000 people have reported the scam, and they tell us they’ve lost $10 million.” If you get one of these calls the best thing to do is to not answer it. Their end game is to get into your bank account.

Here’s what one of those scam calls sounds like.
Audio courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission.

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