Call for Action Alert: Social Security scam making the rounds

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - We want to warn you about scam phone calls that are making the rounds.

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Our 11 Call for Action team has heard from several viewers who have received a call from scammers claiming to work for the Social Security Administration. Scam artists are trying to trick people into giving out personal information and money.

How it works: the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says scammers will call claiming there is a computer problem and they need to confirm your Social Security number. The FTC also reports that some consumers have come across fake websites to apply for a new card, but the scammers are really stealing personal information. The FTC says if you get a phone call or are directed to a website other than www.ssa.gov, it's most likely a scam.

Remember, don't give out any personal information unless you know for sure who you are talking with. The FTC also says not to trust a name or phone number. That's because scammers can mask their phone number to make it look like they are calling from any number. We know that scammers will spoof numbers to make it look like they are calling from a local area code -- when really, they are calling from all over the world.

If you aren't sure if the person you are dealing with is legitimate, you can call the Social Security Administration's toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213.

Click here to read more information from the Office of the Inspector General on ways to spot a scam and how to report it.

Click here to read the full story in the Gazette. Katie writes a weekly consumer column for our news partners at the Gazette.