Social Security Scam

If you're a senior... or you know a senior... tell them to be careful answering the phone. Men with heavy accents are calling... trying to trick folks into giving out their bank account information.
Two ladies called me... saying they were scared to death. They were told their Social Security checks would stop, their Medicare insurance coverage would end, and they'd no longer be able to get prescriptions... unless they verified their bank account number immediately over the phone.
Both ladies gave out their account info... and now have had to close them and open new ones.
The callers are rude, forceful, even threatening... using phony titles and toll free numbers which don't exist.
They're most likely working outside the U.S. so the crooks may never be caught.
Just know this... Social Security employees may call you... but their employees will never ask for your Social Security number, your date of birth, your mother's maiden name, or other identifiers... because they already have this information.
If you receive a call from Social Security... Check on it first by asking for the caller's name... then dialing this toll free number... 1-800-772-1213.
That way you can verify the reason for the call... and the person's identity before discussing anything.
It's your job to protect your personal information. Don't be coerced into giving it to a stranger... oo matter what their story.


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  • by Randy Location: Pueblo on Jun 28, 2007 at 12:55 AM
    It's June 27th and my wife and I have had 3 calls tonight from what sounds like the same people in the report. HEAVY accents, asking for my Bank Name and Account Number, claiming to be the Social Security Office. I asked for a number I could call and verify the information and he gave me an 800 number with too many digits. Called back 2 more times asking for my wife but when I said she was busy he hung up. Said we were to get $500 for being the "backbone of our US Government".
  • by Lea Location: Dziolek on May 19, 2007 at 01:45 PM
    Im a vicitm of identity theft, someone has got a hold of my social security number in WA. I am only 21 and have worked so hard to get my credit established. I have filed police reports and done all that I can and it just seems that no one cares or can even help me... I just want to tell people to be careful there are to many bad people out in this world. if anyone can help please do....
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