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Protect Yourself Against Impersonation Scams

The Social Security Administration’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

Below we have collected various website links to help you identify impersonation scams and report them to the appropriate authorities.

Office of Inspector General, Social Security Administration

OIG Scam Awareness web page 

Report a Social Security scam call


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