Beware Social Security Impersonators

Be wary of a phone call from someone pretending to be from the Social Security Administration. More likely than not, they are trying to steal your Social Security payments!

The real Social Security Administration gives the following warning, based on reports of the scam:

The reports indicate that the impersonator calls from a telephone number with a 323 area code.  The caller claims to be an SSA employee, and in some instances, tells the victim that they are due a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of their Social Security benefits.  The impersonator goes on to ask the victim to verify all of their personal information including their name, date of birth, Social Security number (SSN), parents’ names, etc. to receive the increase.  If the impersonator is successful in acquiring this information, they use it to contact SSA and request changes to the victim’s direct deposit, address, and telephone information.

Do not give out any personal information to an unknown caller claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. If you have any questions about your Social Security benefits, contact Social Security directly at the local office or via Social Security’s toll-free customer service number at 1-800-772-1213.

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