New Phone Scam Scares with Social Security Sham

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Services for Real Estate Pros with IDTheftSecurity.com Inc

We all get scam phone calls, but the newest one is meant to scare. When you pick up the phone, you get a message that your Social Security number is suspended due to suspicious activity, and then prompts the victim to speak with an agent to get help.

The FTC makes something very clear: your Social Security number cannot be suspended for any reason, so any call that states your SSN is under suspension is a scam. What they are really trying to do is to trick you into giving them your actual Social Security number along with information such as your birthday and bank account number. 

This scam is just a tricky variation of a scammer’s trick that often works. In this case, they are trying to scare you first, and then offer to help…but in reality, these scammers are trying to steal your information.

Remember These Social Security Facts

If you get a call about your Social Security number, you should remember the following:

  • The Social Security Administration only calls from one number: 800-772-1213.
  • A Social Security Number cannot ever be suspended.
  • The Social Security Administration won’t ever threaten an arrest.
  • You will probably NEVER get a call from the SSA.

Also, of course, remember this: NEVER give your SSN to someone who contacts you that you don’t know.

The Scam

There are a few variations of this scam. The first is that they call and say that your SSN is suspended due to suspicious activity. They then say, if you want to know more about the case, press 1. When you do, of course, you are connected to an agent who is trained to get your information.

Another variation of this scam is a bit more aggressive. In this case, it states that law enforcement has suspended your Social Security number because of suspicious activity. You are advised to call a toll-free number immediately and verify your SSN. The scam also claims that if you do not call the number, an arrest warrant will be issued, and you, of course, would be arrested. Though not everyone will get one of these calls, if you do, you should definitely pay attention. Again, the SSA would never suspend a Social Security number, nor would it threaten to arrest you. It’s also good practice to never give you SSN to anyone who asks for it over the phone. Instead, hang up and go on with your day.

Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of Identity Theft Privacy: Security Protection and Fraud Prevention: Your Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Computer Fraud. See him knock’em dead in this Security Awareness Training video.

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Nina Hollander
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I've had those calls and at my end it's an immediate hang-up and block. Unfortunately, there are people who fall for this scam.

Apr 30, 2019 12:09 PM #1
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Scammers will do or say just about anything to get you to share your personal information. Always be skeptical and stay vigilant.

Apr 30, 2019 12:58 PM #2
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Kathy Streib
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And what's sad is that there will be many who will be scared and fall for this scam. We can never have this reminder enough. Be vigilant!  And when in doubt pick up the phone and dial the department yourself. 

Apr 30, 2019 08:07 PM #3
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Yep, have heard about this scam although I have thankfully not had any of those calls. I wrote about this on my Wordpress blog, and our local police have issued warnings!

Thanks for the insights!

Jeff

May 05, 2019 07:47 PM #4
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What next?  This one sounds easy to spot though.  Thanks for the head's up.

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