Beware – Social Security Phone Impersontators

Written by Lancaster and Eure

The Social Security Administration and the Office of the Inspector General are joining forces to inform the public about scam phone calls. In these phone calls, the caller will pretend to be an employee of the Social Security Administration in order to gain sensitive information from their targets. This information includes social security numbers, and bank account numbers.

Although the Social Security Administration will sometimes call disability applicants, these phone calls are generally scheduled with you beforehand. A social security employee will never threaten you or promise to secure your benefits while over the phone.

WHAT YOU CAN DO- If you receive a call and the person claims to be from Social Security, you can always hang up if the phone call seems suspicious. If you have an attorney representing you in your disability case, all phone calls can be made with the attorney on the line as well.

If you believe that you have been contacted by a fraudulent person posing as a Social Security Administration, end the phone call immediately. You can report fraudulent calls to the office of the Inspector General fraud hotline at 1-800-269-0271 or online at


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