There are a few ways you can identify a scam call. If you do business with the Social Security Administration, remember that they will never:
- Threaten you with benefit suspension, arrest, or other legal action unless you pay a fine or fee.
- Promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment.
- Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card.
- Demand secrecy from you in handling a Social Security-related problem.
- Send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email.
If you get a suspicious call claiming to be from Social Security, you should hang up and report it to our law enforcement office.