Social Security Scams
Social security scams are the #1 type of fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission and Social Security Administration. These scams try to get the victim to make cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for Social Security number problems. Social Security employees will occasionally contact you by telephone or mail if you have business with the agency.
The Social Security employees will not:
- Tell you that your Social Security number has been suspended.
- Contact 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, gift card, or cash.
- Demand that you pay a Social Security debt without the ability to appeal the amount you owe.
Social Security employees will never threaten you. If there happens to be a problem with your Social Security record, Social Security will mail you a letter. If Social Security needs you to submit payments, the agency will provide instructions in the letter, including options to make those payments.