You get a phone call from the Social Security Administration (SSA)… or at least that’s who they claim they’re from. “Your social security number has been linked to a drug money laundering scheme in Florida and your social security number is now blocked. Please pay a fee to reactivate it.”
🚩🚩🚩 Red flags should be waving! 🚩🚩🚩 HANG UP THE PHONE IMMEDIATELY.
Warning signs to look for…
- Caller asking you to pay a fee!!! 🚩 Any money request over the phone should be a big warning sign that it's a scam.
- Urgent language from caller.
- High risk scenario from caller.
Ways to avoid this scam…
Hang up and call the SSA directly. Click here for their contact information and more info on this scam.
Never give your Social Security Number or any personal information to anyone who contacts you by phone, email or otherwise.
Know that the SSA will never call you to ask you for your Social Security Number.
Be wary of caller ID... it may show that it's the SSA's real phone number, but you can't always trust what shows on caller ID.
Anyone who asks you for money by wire transfer, cash or gift card IS A SCAMMER! A legitimate company will never request money by these methods.
Each week, Beacon will share a #BeatFraudFriday tip! We’ll share an example of how scammers attempt to snag your information and offer ways to avoid becoming a victim. Stay tuned to all of our social media pages to learn how to protect yourself.