In an effort to get individuals to disclose their Social Security number, the most recent phone scam informs you that due to suspicious or criminal activity, the SSA has “suspended” your Social Security number. This is a verified scam, and the IRS and SSA have released fraud advisories.
As with most scams, remember:
- Social Security number cannot be suspended, revoked, frozen, or blocked.
- SSA employees would never threaten to have you arrested or send the police to your home.
- No government agency will ask you to wire money, send cash, or buy gift cards as a form of payment.
- You don’t have to verify your Social Security number to someone who makes an unsolicited call to you.
To be sure it’s actually the SSA calling with a legitimate issue, hang up and call SSA’s main number at (800) 772-1213.