Thursday, 01 October 2020
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
 
MSC News National Headlines Tech Talk Sports Top Headlines
Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers
01/24/2020
 

The Social Security Administration and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) continue to receive reports about fraudulent phone calls from people falsely claiming to be Social Security employees. The scammers mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments for help with purported identity theft, or to avoid arrest for bogus Social Security number problems.

If a suspicious caller states there is a problem with your Social Security number or account, hang up and never give the caller money or personal information. You can go online to www.oig.ssa.gov to report the scam call to Social Security.

Also be on the lookout for a new version of this scam. Fraudsters are now emailing fake documents in attempts to get people to comply with their demands. Victims have received emails with attached letters and reports that appear to be from Social Security or the OIG. The letters may use official letterhead and government jargon to convince victims they are legitimate; they may also contain misspellings and grammar mistakes.

Social Security employees do occasionally contact people--generally those who have ongoing business with the agency--by telephone for business purposes. However, Social Security employees will never threaten a person, or promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information or money. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and people should just hang up.

Generally, the agency mainly calls people who have recently applied for a Social Security benefit, someone who is already receiving payments and requires an update to their record, or a person who has requested a phone call from the agency. If a person is not in one of these situations, they normally would not receive a call from the agency.

If there is a problem with a person’s Social Security number or record, in most cases Social Security will mail a letter. If a person needs to submit payments to Social Security, the agency will send a letter with instructions and payment options. Never provide information or payment over the phone or Internet unless you are certain of who is receiving it.

 

You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Fairview man arrested on child sex charges
Motorcyclist killed in Atchison wreck
Fatal truck / train crash in Northwest Missouri
Brown Co reports 4th COVID-related death
Brown Co seeing spike in COVID cases
Goff man injured in Nemaha Co wreck
Holton teen injured in rollover wreck
Two arrested after Atchison home invasion attack
Suspect in Topeka homicide arrested in Jackson Co
Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Atchison
One arrested following drug raid at Atchison motel room 
Two Atchison residents arrested on drug charges
Stranger impersonating health official
On-site learning to resume at Hiawatha Middle & High Schools
Area district judge vacancy filled
Nemaha Co sees spike in COVID cases
Marshall County to vote on wind farm agreements
Sabetha business awarded USDA grant
Local resident donates masks to sheriff's office
Pay increases approved for law enforcement center employees

Click Here For All Stories


LATEST STORIES
Louisiana teen injured in Jefferson Co wreck
Pawnee City Council approves water tower maintenance agreement
COVID cases continue to rise in Holt County MO
Commissioners review road upgrade policy
Atchison Hospital announces new name
Atchison woman scores top KS Lotto prize
Truck stolen in Richardson County
Valley Falls 6-12 students to move to hybrid model
Nemaha Co sees spike in COVID cases
Scammers working Holt County MO
Click Here For All Stories

©2020 MSC News
Hiawatha, Ks 66434
EEO Public Report
KNZA - KLZA - KMZA - KTNC - KAIR
Powered by Radio Media Group
162.158.79.219