Welcome to our Scams/Frauds Section. Here you will find information on the latest scams/frauds occurring in our areas and nationwide. We will also post links to websites to which you can report a scam or fraud. We provide these links to give you information about these scams to help protect you, your family, friends, and neighbors, from being a victim of fraud.
March 9, 2023
On National Slam the Scam Day and throughout the year, we give you the tools to recognize Social Security-related scams and stop scammers from stealing your money and personal information. Share scam information with your loved ones. Slam the Scam!
Recognize the four basic signs of a scam:
Scammers pretend to be from a familiar organization or agency, like the Social Security Administration. They may email attachments with official-looking logos, seals, signatures, or pictures of employee credentials.
Scammers mention a problem or a prize. They may say your Social Security number was involved in a crime or ask for personal information to process a benefit increase.
Scammers pressure you to act immediately. They may threaten you with arrest or legal action.
Scammers tell you to pay using a gift card, prepaid debit card, cryptocurrency, wire or money transfer, or by mailing cash. They may also tell you to transfer your money to a “safe” account.
Ignore scammers and report criminal behavior. Report Social Security-related scams to the SSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
Visit www.ssa.gov/scam for more information and follow SSA OIG on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to stay up to date on the latest scam tactics. Repost #SlamtheScam information on social media to keep your friends and family safe.
March 4, 2023
SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM CALLS
Scam/Fraud ALERT (from Oct 2022) These social security scams continue. Be ALERT and AWARE
FTC Video: “Hang up on Social Security Scam Calls”
Scammers are impersonating SSA and other government agencies to gain trust and trick people into giving them personal information, money, or download malware onto devices. Scammers may call or send deceptive test messages or emails, to lure recipients to a fake Social Security website in order to apply for additional benefits or extra money.