The Social Security Administration (SSA) is reporting scammers are impersonating SSA employees and calling citizens. The scammers use threatening language to warn unknown victims that they’ll face arrest or other legal action if they fail to call a phone number the scammer provides or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue.
In some instances, the scammers switch tactics and communicate they want to help the individual with activating their suspended Social Security Number. SSA is not making these calls – these calls are a scam.
If you or someone you know should should get such a call, do not provide any information and just hang up. Report the call to SSA’s Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or https://oig.ssa.gov/report. For more information on how to report this type of activity, read the Social Security Matters blog (blog.ssa.gov).