Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) March 9, 2011
The SSA (Social Security Administration) has received numerous reports from social security recipients of telephone calls or visits from people claiming to be Social Security employees. In each instance, the impostor tried to obtain personal information, such as a Social Security number or bank account information, from the Social Security recipient.
The impostors, who identify themselves as Social Security and government employees, use a variety of tactics to extract personal information from their victims, ranging from claiming the SSA had experienced a major power outage and needed to verify the victim’s information, to posing as an employee needing to verify the recipient’s direct deposit and bank account information. In a more complex version of the scam, the recipient is informed that their Social Security benefits are being reduced because they have inherited a house or property from a relative. The scammer then places the victim on hold and plays the same on-hold recording used by the SSA. The scammer then tells the victim that the proceeds from the sale of the house or estate will be given to them if they pay the back taxes.
PublicRecordFinder.com gives users comprehensive access to state, national and worldwide public records websites that provide critical information. PublicRecordFinder.com recommends people always take precautions when giving out personal information. Here’s a few tips to avoid falling victim to a potentially devastating financial scam:
- Never provide your Social Security number or other personal information over the telephone unless you initiated the contact, or are confident of the person to whom you are speaking. If there is any doubt, do not release information without first verifying the validity of the call. Contacting the local Social Security office or calling the Social Security’s toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 is a great way to confirm the legitimacy of the suspicious call.
- Do your homework. If you have caller ID or can track down the name of the person that called you, visit PublicRecordFinder.com to get more information about the suspicious call. If someone calls you with something that seems too good to be true, do some online research and find out if anyone else has received similar calls.
- Report suspicious activity. Call the OIG Hotline at 1-800-269-0271. A Public Fraud Reporting form is also available online at OIG’s Website: http://www.ssa.gov/oig/
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