Security Number (SSN) is one of your most important pieces of personal
data. That’s why it’s understandably frightening when someone
claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) or Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) calls to tell you that your SSN has
been or will be suspended.
may claim that the suspension is due to fraudulent or criminal activities.
They can even spoof their number so that your caller ID shows the call
coming from the SSA’s real number (1-800-772-1213), and they’ll
ask you to verify your SSN. This is not the SSA or CMS calling.
are especially active during the Medicare Enrollment Period. They may call
you pretending to have information about Medicare enrollment, when in
reality they are simply trying to steal your Social Security number.
you should know about this scam:
These calls can
be very stressful – take a minute and verify what’s happening
so you don’t share personal information or act out of panic. Hang up
and call the SSA directly at 1-800-772-1213 or contact them online at
https://www.ssa.gov/. If you suspect the scammer is targeting you as a
Medicare enrollee, call 1-800-MEDICARE to report the activity.
Never give any
part of your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers to
anyone who contacts you.
The SSA will
never call to threaten your benefits or ask you to send money via a wire
transfer or a gift card.
If you receive a call like this, report it to our Consumer
Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online.
Source: Office of North
Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein