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Information on Impersonation Scams

SSA’s Office of the Inspector General is warning Americans to be aware of telephone scammers who are pretending to be government employees. They may threaten you and may demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or other legal action. The Inspector General warns, “Do not be fooled!”

If you receive a suspicious call, SSA recommends that you:

  1. HANG UP!
  2. DO NOT GIVE THEM MONEY OR PERSONAL INFORMATION!
  3. REPORT THE SCAM AT oig.ssa.gov

Below we have collected resources to help you identify impersonations scams and report them to the appropriate authorities.

Office of Inspector General, SSA

“Beware of Social Security Phone Scams” 1 page flyer

OIG Scam Awareness web page 

Report a Social Security scam call

 

Social Security Administration

Fraud Prevention and Reporting page

FAQ Page: What should I do if I get a suspicious call?

Report a Social Security scam call

 

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consumer information web page

Learn How to Spot Impostor Scams

Report calls claiming to be the SSA

Report suspected identity theft

 

Department of Homeland Security

Report email or website “phishing” attack

 

Senate Special Committee on Aging

Fraud Book 2020 (PDF)

 

 

 

Department of Justice

Senior Scam Alert

 

AARP Fraud Watch Network

Fraud Watch Network Main Page

Social Security Scam Information page