CFPB: Scams involving Social Security numbers, benefits on the rise

cfpb-logoScams involving social security numbers and benefits are on the rise, according to a recent blog post from the CFPB.

Social Security scams now outnumber other types of scams, including IRS scams, which were formerly the most common, according to the CFPB. Pretending to be a representative of the government is a common way for fraudsters to trick people into giving up their money or personal information.

The bureau is encouraging individuals and institutions to talk about Social Security scams to raise awareness about the issue.

Consumers should be aware that calls can easily be spoofed to appear to come from the Social Security Administration’s real phone number or the Inspector General’s Fraud Hotline number. Additionally, the CFPB is reminding consumers that the government will not threaten to take away benefits or ask for money or personal information to protect one’s Social Security card or benefits.

Individuals can always call the Social Security Administration directly at (800) 772-1213 to find out if they are really trying to be reached for a legitimate purpose.

Social Security scams should be reported to the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint and to the SSA Office of Inspector General Fraud Hotline at (800) 269-0271 or https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

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