If you have a phone and a Social Security number, then you have likely gotten calls over the years regarding scammers contacting you to say your Social Security number has been compromised. Perhaps they wanted you to pay a fee to fix it or confirm all your other private information and then they really ruin your credit and financial future.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) issued a notice to all ssa.gov account holders stating that March 9, 2023 is National Slam the Scam Day. SSA gives you the following guidelines to recognize Social Security-related scams and stop scammers from stealing your money and personal information. Our office is sharing this information with you and please share it with your loved ones. Slam the Scam!
Recognize the four basic signs of a scam:
- Scammers pretend to be from a familiar organization or agency, like the Social Security Administration. They may email attachments with official-looking logos, seals, signatures, or pictures of employee credentials.
- Scammers mention a problem or a prize. They may say your Social Security number was involved in a crime or ask for personal information to process a benefit increase.
- Scammers pressure you to act immediately. They may threaten you with arrest or legal action.
- Scammers tell you to pay using a gift card, prepaid debit card, cryptocurrency, wire or money transfer, or by mailing cash. They may also tell you to transfer your money to a “safe” account.
SSA recommends that you ignore scammers and report criminal behavior. Report Social Security-related scams to the SSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Visit Social Security’s website for more information and repost #SlamtheScam information on social media to keep your friends and family safe.
If you are filing for Social Security disability or VA disability please call and talk to an experienced disability representative at our firm who can help advise you on your claim. Call our office at 251-343-1111 for a free consultation on your VA and SSA claim. Gardberg & Kemmerly specializes in helping the injured and disabled in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana.