Beware the Social Security Scam

This is not new, but it seems to be increasing. Plus the Carlsbad Police put out a warning on NextDoor to let everyone know so they will be cautious.

It seems like everywhere you turn these days there is someone trying to scam us out of information, our identity, and money. Some of these scammers sound pretty convincing, as do their emails and texts, and no doubt some folks are getting caught, and losing money or having their identities stolen. Who wants that??!!

We are hearing more about callers alleging to be from the Social Security Administration. The number that shows up on Caller ID might even be, or closely resemble, the real SSA telephone number, 1-800-772-1213.

The caller might tell you your benefits are being suspended, or you need to verify your SS# for some reason. It might be about your bank account being seized. You might get a call about a computer problem and they need to verify your information, or it could be an email or even a text message asking you to verify your information on their website.

It’s important to know the REAL SSA is not going to call you to verify information, or to send money or something similar. Be aware IF you get a call from 800-772-1213 as it’s likely a spoof.

Keep in mind you should NOT share your information (birth date, account number, SS#) over the phone, or click on any websites, no matter how legitimate they might look (some spam emails and websites look like the real thing!).

You can read more in this article from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). And if you are interested in MORE “pleasant” news, you can read about other scams to be on the lookout for. Spread the word!!

If you get a call or email contact the SSA at (800) 772-1213 YOURSELF to check or call your local SSA Office.