Don’t Fall For This Social Security Scam
THE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE SCAM CALL
Over the last few weeks, I've received several calls from the Social Security Administration, and they've left me some pretty interesting voicemails. This is the message I've received:
"Time sensitive. The number for you to call the SSA back is 231.559.0313. The reason you have received this phone call from our department, is to inform you that there's a legal enforcement action filed on your Social Security number for fraudulent activity, so before you get arrested if you need any information or have any questions, kindly call us back at 231.559.0313. Thank you."
I'm really glad they said things in the voicemail; like "you're going to be arrested." At first, I was like, "Does the SSA call you?" "Could someone have actually taken my social security number and used it?"
Then I started thinking...hmmmm. I check my credit constantly. Everything looked good on my credit report last week...what the heck is going on?
SOCIAL SECURITY SCAMS
I highly recommend that you NEVER pick up when you see the words "Unknown Caller" appear on your phone. If they happen to leave you a message, you can stop...think...and check it out before you call any number back.
This IS a scam. The SSA will not call you and leave you a message like this. How do you know? Go to the website of the ssa (click HERE). Once you get to the site you'll see a headline at the top of the page:
Learn how to protect yourself from fraudulent callers claiming to be from Social Security.
There is article after article of fraudulent scams that are currently happening all around us. I guess the main thing you need to know; is that you should never pick up the phone for an UNKNOWN caller. Period. Whether or not they leave a message for you to call them back, is not an indication that they are real. I received a voicemail message, that said it was URGENT that I return the call; and they even left the phone number. Don't fall for it.
HELPFUL TIPS- REPORT THE ACTIVITY
Look for threats, pushy people. Anything that causes fear? It's probably a scam. What can you do to stop it? You can report the activity to the SSA. click HERE to report any recent scams that you've experienced.