Social Security Impostor Scam

The Social Security Administration’s Atlanta Regional Office says they've had reports of a few new scams targeting senior citizens in the southeastern United States.

In one example, a person pretending to be a Social Security Administration Official told a person that the agency was having a power outage. The scammer told that person that they needed to verify their bank account information because of the power problems.

In another report, a person pretending to be a Social Security Administration Official told a person that they needed to verify their direct deposit information.

In both cases, the Social Security Administration warns that the scam artist was after personal information, like bank account numbers or social security numbers.

The Social Security Administration has a toll-free number that people can call anytime they are unsure about communication from people who say they work for the agency. That phone number is (800) 772-1213.


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  • by Pamela Cabana Location: Edenton on Nov 30, 2007 at 08:58 AM
    I have what I believe is a new scam alert. I was contacted by James from the US Government with a $5000.00 grant because I am on SSDI but he wanted my Checking account number so he could deposit the money into my account. Please let me know if anyone else has received this.

    Editor's note: .Yes, this scam has been around for quite some time
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