Phone Scams

October 11, 2019

By Robin Gregg

“There are so many different scams going on. The best thing to do is not respond to any phone call that requests money. If they have questions, they can call the Monroe County Sheriff’s office (660) 327-4060 or look up the agency on the internet and call a known number, not the one they give you. Never give out personal information over the phone,” said Monroe County Sheriff, David Hoffman.

If you want to verify a social security phone call, their phone number is 800-772-1213. If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA or OIG, you should report that information to the OIG online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report or by calling (800) 269-0271, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time or visit their website at https://www.ssa.gov/phila/scams.htm for more information.

According to the Social Security website, “Recently, they have heard of a number of scams where individuals posing as Social Security employees call and ask for personal information like your name, Social Security number and bank account information. The caller alleges that they need this information so they can issue you additional funds or rebates or they allege that because of a computer glitch your personal information has been lost. Another scam used an email that was designed to look like it came from Social Security. It provided information about the annual cost-of-living-adjustment and directed readers to a website designed to look like Social Security’s site so people could “update their information” valuable information to identity thieves and criminals.”

Social Security will not call or send you an email asking you to give them your personal information, such as your Social Security number, date of birth, or other private information.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation offers a great deal of information on Scams and Safety. Their website is http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety.