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Buffalo Alert- Ongoing SSA Impersonation Schemes

The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, warns the community about an ongoing Social Security Administration (SSA) impersonation scheme. Several reports have been made in regards to people receiving suspicious phone calls from automated recordings informing people that their Social Security number (SSN) “has been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity. ” The phone call continues by requiring people to call back, stating that if they do not, then their personal assets will be frozen until further notice. This is 100% a scam. The SSA does not call asking for information such as your Social Security number, bank account number, address, or your date of birth.  However, the SSA does call every now and then to contact people for customer-service purposes. There are a few exceptions where the SSA may ask for personal information over the phone, but the individual would have advanced notice of that. Please be cautious with these impostors. If you think you may be a target, please contact the Social Security’s toll-free customer service number at 1-800-722-1213 from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. You can find the full news release at the OIG website or by clicking on the link below.

https://oig.ssa.gov/newsroom/news-releases/jan17-advisory

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