It's a trick that could get anyone. The FTC is warning citizens about a scam in which someone calls and says your Social Security Number has been suspended. This is a scam.
According to the FTC, your SSN will NEVER get suspended. This is a variation of a government imposter scam that's after your SSN, bank account number or other personal information. The scammer essentially tricks people into thinking they're protecting you when in fact they're trying to lure you into one.
Officials say, the caller will tell people that they need to "reactivate" their supposedly "suspended" SSNs. The scammers will claim the number was suspended because of some connection to fraud or other criminal activity.
They caller will then give the person a different number to call, where they will ask you for your personal information.
Here are a few tips to protect yourself:
- Never give out or confirm personal information over the phone, via email or on a website until you’ve checked out whoever is asking you for it.
- Do not trust a name, phone number, or email address just because it seems to be connected with the government. Con artists use official-sounding names and may fake caller ID or email address information to make you trust them. Besides, the government normally contacts people by postal mail.
- Contact government agencies directly, using telephone numbers and website addresses you know to be legitimate.
If you're a victim of this scam or need more information, head to the FTC's website.