The Latest Social Security Scam
The Social Security Administration is warning recipients of Social Security checks of the latest scam being perpetrated by identity thieves.
If you receive a letter which appears to be from the Social Security Administration which alerts you to the fact that your Social Security number is being “suspended,” don’t believe it!! If you receive a phone call from someone who claims they are an SSA government representative, and they say your Social Security number is being “suspended,” don’t believe it!
With the latest scam in mind, I went right to the Social Security Administration website at SSA.gov, and found this helpful information:
“If you owe money to Social Security, we’ll mail you a letter with payment options and appeal rights. We only accept payments electronically through Pay.gov, Online Bill Pay, or physically by check or money order through our offices. We will never:
- Threaten you with arrest or legal action because you don’t agree to pay us money immediately.
- Suspend your Social Security number.
- Promise a benefit increase in exchange for money.
- Ask you to send us gift cards, prepaid debit cards, wire transfers, Internet currency, cryptocurrency, or cash through the U.S. mail.”
Identity thieves are more brazen than ever, and they will try anything to scare you into giving them money, gift card numbers, or personal information. These scammers are the lowest of the low. I have other names I would like to call them, but I will refrain.
People who receive Social Security checks are some of the most vulnerable, and needy, in our nation’s population. And remember, they are not all senior citizens. People of any age who are facing hardships can receive these benefits. In fact, my Dad passed away when I was 14. I was the oldest of the four kids in our family. The Social Security checks my Mom received after he died helped us tremendously.
Here is a helpful sixty-second PSA from the Social Security Administration:
Great advice. For more tips from SSA.gov, CLICK HERE.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.
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