Authorities are warning the public of a scam where a caller is looking to get your Social Security Number and even your money. The Federal Trade Commission’s Office for Older Americans says they have been receiving reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration.
Officials say in one version of the scam, the caller says your Social Security number has been linked to a crime (often, he says it happened in Texas) involving drugs or sending money out of the country illegally. He then says your Social Security number is blocked – but he might ask you for a fee to reactivate it, or to get a new number. And he will ask you to confirm your Social Security number. In other variations, he says that somebody used your Social Security number to apply for credit cards, and you could lose your benefits. Or he might warn you that your bank account is about to be seized, that you need to withdraw your money, and that he’ll tell you how to keep it safe.