Had an increase in scammers calling you this week? You are not alone.
Federal investigators say that they’ve received more complaints about a new social security phone scam than any other scam before. In this latest round of scamming, someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration says that your social security number’s been compromised, hoping you’ll spill your name and number to them so they can crack into your banking info and steal your money.
The Better Business Bureau wants to remind you that government agencies NEVER call you unsolicited and that you should NEVER give out any identifying details over the phone.
The agency also wants to remind you that you can’t trust your caller ID since the scammers can use spoof numbers to trick you into answering. Call your phone service provider and see if they offer any type of scam/fraud blocking.
Here a few tips to help you prevent falling victim to the scam:
Never give out your personal information over the phone, email, or any website until you have verified the person asking for it.
· Do not trust your caller ID or email. Many scammers “spoof” emails and phone numbers to make you trust them.
· Government agencies DO NOT call unsolicited; rather, they send letters if they need to contact a citizen.
· Contact the government agency using a number or website you know to be correct. SSA has stated that you can contact them if you receive a call from someone who claims to be an SSA employee at 1-800-772-1213 to verify.
You can also report scams to the BBB at bbb.org/scamtracker.