How Do I Stop Fake Social Security Calls?

Where do I report fake Social Security calls?

The Social Security Administration’s main number is 1-800-772-1213.

You should also report fraudulent calls.

You can report them to the inspector general by calling the hotline number or going online.

You also can report it to the F.T.C.

on a complaint website, identitytheft.gov/ssa, dedicated to Social Security scams..

Does Social Security ever contact you by phone?

The SSA will never (ever) call and ask for your Social Security number. … And it won’t call to threaten your benefits. Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling. Computers make it easy to show any number on caller ID.

Can someone access my bank account with my Social Security number?

Open financial accounts Your Social Security number is the most important piece of personal information a bank needs when extending you credit or opening an account. With that number, a thief can get credit cards or loans, and when it comes time to repay them, they won’t, damaging your credit in the process.

Can SSN be suspended?

— No, your Social Security number cannot be suspended, revoked, frozen or blocked. It anyone tells you that, hang up immediately. … But just to make sure it’s truly the SSA calling you back, hang up and call SSA’s main number at (800) 772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

Are calls from Social Security legit?

If you want to contact SSA, call the customer-service line at 800-772-1213. Don’t assume a call is legitimate because it appears to come from 800-772-1213. Scammers use “spoofing” technology to trick caller ID. Don’t give your Social Security number or other personal information to someone who contacts you by email.

What can a scammer do with my Social Security number?

A dishonest person who has your Social Security number can use it to get other personal information about you. Identity thieves can use your number and your good credit to apply for more credit in your name. Then, they use the credit cards and don’t pay the bills, it damages your credit.

How can I block fake Social Security calls?

You can register your numbers on the national Do Not Call list at no cost by calling 1-888-382-1222 (voice) or 1-866-290-4236 (TTY). You must call from the phone number you wish to register. You can also register at add your personal wireless phone number to the national Do-Not-Call list donotcall.gov.

Does Social Security call you about suspicious activity?

SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer. Every time. The real SSA number is 1-800-772-1213, but scammers are putting that number in the caller ID.

Why do I keep getting calls from Social Security?

The caller usually says your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity, or because it’s been involved in a crime. Sometimes, the scammer wants you to confirm your SSN to reactivate it.

What if my scammer has my Social Security number?

Report the theft of the Social Security number to the IRS at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection. You can also call 1-800-908-4490. That will prevent tax-fraud thieves from filing tax returns in your name — and collecting your tax refund.

How do I know if my Social Security number has been compromised?

To see if your Social Security number is being used by someone else for employment purposes, review your Social Security Statement at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount to look for suspicious activity. Finally, you’ll want to use additional scrutiny by regularly checking your bank and credit card accounts online.