March 27, 2024

Scammers go to great lengths to trick you out of your personal information. The Social Security Administration wants to help you protect your information by helping you recognize a Social Security imposter.

There’s a widespread telephone scam involving callers claiming they are from Social Security. The ‘fake’ caller ID may even show a government number. These callers may tell you there is a problem with your Social Security number. They may also threaten to arrest you unless you pay a fine or fee using gift cards, pre-paid debit cards, a wire transfer or cash. That call is not from the Social Security Administration. It is a scam.

If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from Social Security:

• Hang up right away.

• Never give your personal information, money or retail gift cards.

• Report the scam to Social Security’s law enforcement team at the Office of the Inspector General at phone number 1-800-269-0271 or website

Social Security will not:

• Threaten you.

• Tell you that your Social Security Number has been suspended.

• Call you to demand an immediate payment.

• Ask you for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

• Require a specific means of debt repayment, like a prepaid debit card, a retail gift card or cash.

• Demand that you pay a Social Security debt without…

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