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Call 4 Action: Watch out for social security phone scams

Posted at 9:08 AM, Apr 20, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Many of us have gotten wise to scammers posing as someone from the IRS, but now they are posing as someone from Social Security and spoofing our caller ID with the actual social security phone number.

If you get one of these calls, here is what you can do to avoid getting taken:

Remember, Social Security will never call unless you asked them to call you.

If you get a call that looks like it is coming from Social Security, but you are not sure if it is legitimate, it may be best to let the call go to voice mail or an answering machine.

If you pick up the phone, do not provide nor confirm any personal information, and do not let the caller intimidate you into believing that you need to make a payment over the phone.

If you got confused by the call and accidentally provided personal information like dates of birth, part or all of your Social Security number or other information, it may be wise to take steps to protect yourself from falling victim to identity theft.

Our Call For Action office has a free brochure that we can send to help you with this process. Report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission. Your information could help others from getting scammed in the future.