Here’s what a Social Security scam looks like

The Social Security Administration offers the following information on how to protect yourself from Social Security-related scams

SCAM ALERT
The Social Security Administration will never threaten, scare, or pressure you to take an immediate action.
If you receive a call, text, or email that…
• Threatens to suspend your Social Security number, even if they have part or all of your Social Security number
• Warns of arrest of legal action
• Demands or requests immediate payment
• Requires payment by gift card, prepaid debit card, internet currency, or by mailing cash
• Pressures you for personal information
• Requests secrecy
• Threatens to seize your bank account
• Promises to increase your Social Security benefit
• Tries to gain your trust by providing fake “documentation,” false “evidence,” or the name of a real government official
…it is a SCAM!
Do not give scammers money or personal information – Ignore them!
Protect yourself and others from Social Security-related scams
• Try to stay calm. Do not provide anyone with money or personal information when you feel pressured, threatened, or scared.
• Hang up or ignore it. If you receive a suspicious call, text, or email, hang up or do not respond. Government employees will not threaten you, demand immediate payment, or try to gain your trust by sending you pictures or documents.
• Report Social Security-related scams. If you receive a suspicious call, text, or email that mentions Social Security, ignore it and report it to the SSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Do not be embarrassed if you shared personal information or suffered a financial loss.
Get up-to-date information on Social Security scams. Visit the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov) for information on other government scams. You can also visit oig.ssa.gov/scam for more information.