Social Security scam calls on the rise

The scammers found their niche this year by pretending to be part of the government making this the most popular scam yet.

Posted: Jul 23, 2019 7:40 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2019 8:29 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Identity thieves may claim to be from a well known company or even a family member, but there's one imposter in particular the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Indiana is warning you about.

"In just our local office we have an average of probably five or more calls a day on the social security scam," BBB Vice President Rick Walz said.

The Social Security Administration phone scams have been so popular that the Better Business Bureau has made it the first thing that you hear on their recording when you call them.

"There's a variety of tactics. In other cases they'll call and say there's been fraudulent activity reported on your card. It's all variations on a theme, but the idea is to get that unwary, unsuspecting person to bite at it and give the information," he explained.

The Federal Trade Commission said between January and May of this year alone, there were nearly 65,000 reported imposters saying they're from the Social Security Administration.

They may say your number is frozen or you're the target of a lawsuit.

To make it even more confusing, the Social Security Administration's name shows up on the caller I.D.

"What's happening is scammers are just spoofing that number. It's not the social security office that's calling you. If you get that type of call, what we recommend is that you hang up, and then call the social security office. That'll be going to the actual security office not to the spoofer."

Walz says the best thing you can do is look up the number to the real agency. Call them, see if they are trying to reach you, and ask why.

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