The Sedan Police Department took to Facebook Thursday to warn of a potential scam involving fake Social Security calls. As a part of the attempted scam, the caller will tell the potential victim that their social security number has been suspended. Sometimes, the caller may even use the real SSA number.
As with most phone scams, callers will often target the elderly. If you know anyone who may be susceptible to such a scam, share with them the following information:
1. Social Security numbers do not get suspended.
2. You don’t have to verify your number to anyone who calls out of the blue. And your bank accounts are not about to be seized.
3. SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer.
4. Never give any part of your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number to anyone who contacts you.
5. If you’re worried about what the caller says, hang up and call 1-800-772-1213 to speak to the real SSA. Even if the wait time is long, confirm with the real SSA before responding to one of these calls.
If you do continue to receive attempted scam calls, you can file a complaint with the FTC by going to their complaints homepage.