Here’s the sad news from last year:  most likely either you or someone you know has received a scam call from an imposter posing to be a Social Security Administration representative.  The Federal Trade Commission along with security experts want you to be informed on the topic. Like many scams, the crooks are after sensitive, personal information.  Many of their attempts include
  1. Threatening to follow up with an arrest if the call is not returned. Some calls even mention an armed marshal will show up within 24 hours.
  2. Claiming that your SSA number has been linked to criminal activity and suspended. Fraudulently, asking for payment to reactivate the number, often in form of a gift card.
  3. Informing that a cost of living increase is coming, but only when the caller gets your name, Social Security number, and date of birth.
  What can you do to protect yourself?  Experts advise to thank them for the call, mention that you need to investigate what’s going on, and hang up.  Tell other people about the phone call as this scam is targeting people in all 50 states, at every age level education level, and income level.  You can also use report it on the Office of Inspector General’s site at oig.sssa.gov as they set up a form specific to these bogus calls.