The Social Security’s Inspector General recently issued a statement warning the public about Social Security Advisory Board impersonators. These increasingly common scams come from fraudsters on phone calls that even use the name of the agency in its caller ID display.
“This caller-ID spoofing scheme has unfortunately evolved to include the Social Security Advisory Board, but it is the same type of scam, attempting to mislead people by using the trusted name of Social Security,” Inspector General Ennis said. “I encourage everyone to alert your family and friends about how common these scams are, and to be very cautious when speaking with unknown callers, even if you recognize the caller ID.”
The goals of these calls are no different than other types of scammer calls – they are looking for personal information and money. Citizens are reminded that they should not provide information like their Social Security Number and bank account information. Those called should not give money over the phone unless they are sure.
Scams that should raise red flags
- Threatening calls from the Social Security Agency Board
- Fake account fraud calls
- Fake technical support calls
- Requests to add money to a prepaid debit account
- Requests to wire money
What you can do
Working with a knowledgeable Social Security Disability claims attorney can also help avoid this. These legal professionals can educate clients on the processes of filing a claim, handle paperwork and deadlines, and be there to represent clients’ interests if their claim is initially denied or other issues emerge.