February 12

Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams

As a certified Social Security Advisor I was notified by the Social Security Administration regarding this Scam Alert and now I am sharing the information with you.

Scammers are pretending to be government employees. Scammers will try to scare and trick you into giving them your personal information and money. They may threaten you or your family and may demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or other legal action.1


1. Hang up!
2. DO NOT give them money or personal information!
3. Report the scam at OIG.SSA.GOV!

Social Security may call you in
some situations but will never

  • Threaten you
  • Suspend your Social Security Number
  • Demand immediate payment from you
  • Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer
  • Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash
  • What to look out for

    The call or email says there is a problem with your Social Security Number or account.

    Someone asking you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, wire transfers, pre-paid debit cards, internet currency, or by mailing cash.

    Scammers pretend they’re from Social Security or another government agency. Caller ID or documents sent by email may look official but they are not.

    Callers threaten you with arrest or other legal action.

    Protect yourself, friends, and family!

    • If you receive a questionable call, hang up and report it at oig.ssa.gov
    • Don’t be embarrassed to report if you shared personal information or suffered a financial loss
    • Learn more at oig.ssa.gov/scam
    • Share this information with others

    I hope this information on the Social Security Scam Alert was helpful. Please share with your family and friends. Contact me with any questions or concerns.

    As always, plan wisely my friends,

    Finding a reputable and trusted partner to assist you with your social security, Medicare, financial & insurance needs is of vital importance.  I will work hard to find the best programs, coverage and rates that fits your budget and your needs. Contact me at 949-216-8459 or ccolley@coliday.com

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    Information and materials are provided for general information and educational purposes based upon publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable—we cannot assure the accuracy or completeness of these materials. The information in these materials may change at any time and without notice. The above information is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal, accounting or investment advice.
    Coliday / Craig Colley is not giving any financial , tax or legal advice, is not a financial advisor and is not affiliated, employed or endorsed by the SSA, Medicare.gov. or any other government agency.


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