How to Spot a Government Imposter Scam
Scammers are pretending to be government employees. They may threaten you and may demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or other legal action. These criminals continue to evolve and find new ways to steal your money and personal information. Do not fall for it! We want you to know how you and your loved ones can avoid becoming victims!
If you owe money to Social Security, they will mail you a letter with payment options and appeal rights. They only accept payments electronically through Pay.gov, Online Bill Pay, or physically by check or money order through our offices. They will never:
They only send emails or text messages if you have opted in to receive them and only in limited situations, including the following:
They may email or text you about programs and services but will never ask for a return call to an unknown number or ask for personal information.
Know What to Look for
If you receive a suspicious call, text, or email:
If you receive a call, text, or email that you believe to be suspicious, about a problem with your Social Security number or account, do not respond or engage with the caller or sender. Report Social Security phone, email, and text scams through their dedicated online form.
How to report a suspicious call, text, or email:
When reporting these suspicious communications, please be sure to capture as much information as you can. This includes:
This information will help ensure that they can locate the suspicious communication.
(Partially reprinted from ssa.gov)
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