Come January, Social Security benefits for nearly 50 million Americans are going up 2.3 percent, the smallest increase in four years. It will mean an extra $24 per month in the average check, the government announced Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007. (AP Graphic)
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.