According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), people lost more than $442 million in 2021 due to government imposter scams. Since 2019, FTC has received more reports for the Social Security Administration (SSA) than any other government agency.
In a government imposter scam, someone claims to be a government employee and may ask for personal information, demand payment, or make threats, primarily over the phone, but also through email, text, social media, and mail.
HOW TO REACT
Social Security Works joins the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General (OIG) to reinforce that Social Security will never threaten, scare, or pressure you to take immediate action.
If you receive a suspicious call:
- Hang Up!
- Don’t trust your caller ID.
- Don’t give them personal information.
- Don’t believe them.
- Don’t give them money.
- Report the scam at oig.ssa.gov.
Other government imposter scams may be reported to FTC at ftc.gov/scams.
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