- Does the Social Security office make phone calls?
- How will Social Security contact me?
- Why would the Social Security Administration call me?
- Can someone access my bank account with my Social Security number?
- What can a scammer do with my Social Security number?
- Are identity thieves ever caught?
- How do I know if Social Security is calling me?
- Where do I report fake Social Security calls?
- How do I stop fake Social Security calls?
- Can SSN be suspended?
- How can I find out if someone is using my identity?
Does the Social Security office make phone calls?
The SSA will never (ever) call and ask for your Social Security number.
And it won’t call to threaten your benefits.
Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling.
Computers make it easy to show any number on caller ID..
How will Social Security contact me?
We are available to assist you by telephone, mail, in person at an office, or electronically through the internet at www.ssa.gov/agency/contact/ . Our toll-free number is 1-800-772-1213. Teleservice representatives are on duty to answer your calls between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Why would the Social Security Administration call me?
You can hear what the scam sounds like here. The caller usually says your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity, or because it’s been involved in a crime. Sometimes, the scammer wants you to confirm your SSN to reactivate it.
Can someone access my bank account with my Social Security number?
Open financial accounts Your Social Security number is the most important piece of personal information a bank needs when extending you credit or opening an account. With that number, a thief can get credit cards or loans, and when it comes time to repay them, they won’t, damaging your credit in the process.
What can a scammer do with my Social Security number?
A dishonest person who has your Social Security number can use it to get other personal information about you. Identity thieves can use your number and your good credit to apply for more credit in your name. Then, they use the credit cards and don’t pay the bills, it damages your credit.
Are identity thieves ever caught?
Identity thieves almost never get caught In a study done in 2006, “only 1 in 700 identity theft suspects were arrested by federal authorities (0.14%).” … It’s safe to say that identity thieves are far more likely to get away with their crimes.
How do I know if Social Security is calling me?
You can call Social Security’s customer service line at 800-772-1213 to confirm whether a communication purporting to be from SSA is real. If you get an impostor call or email, report it to SSA using their detailed online form. You can also call Social Security’s Fraud Hotline at 800-269-0271.
Where do I report fake Social Security calls?
The Social Security Administration’s main number is 1-800-772-1213. You should also report fraudulent calls. You can report them to the inspector general by calling the hotline number or going online. You also can report it to the F.T.C. on a complaint website, identitytheft.gov/ssa, dedicated to Social Security scams.
How do I stop fake Social Security calls?
Do hang up on illegal robocalls.Do add all your numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry operated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). … Do explore free and low-cost call-blocking options, such as apps and services that screen calls and weed out spam and scams. … Do verify the caller.More items…•
Can SSN be suspended?
— No, your Social Security number cannot be suspended, revoked, frozen or blocked. It anyone tells you that, hang up immediately. … But just to make sure it’s truly the SSA calling you back, hang up and call SSA’s main number at (800) 772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).
How can I find out if someone is using my identity?
at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338) or go to: www.identitytheft.gov/ To order a copy of your Social Security Administration earnings and benefits statement, or to check whether someone has used your Social Security number to get a job or to avoid paying taxes, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/statement/.