Question: How Do I Stop Fake Social Security Calls?

Why do I get calls that hang up?

Robocalls that hang up immediately are usually meant to verify your number.

It means that the machine wants to confirm that the number is active and that a real person answered the phone.

Those calls will be brief, and often the call gets disconnected as soon as you say hello..

How do I know if my Social Security number has been suspended?

Check with the real Social Security Administration. The SSA will not contact you out of the blue. But you can call them directly at 1-800-772-1213 to find out if SSA is really trying to reach you and why.

Does Social Security ever contact you by phone?

The SSA will never (ever) call and ask for your Social Security number. It won’t ask you to pay anything. And it won’t call to threaten your benefits. Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling.

Can someone access my bank account with my Social Security number?

Your Social Security number is the most important piece of personal information a bank needs when extending you credit or opening an account. With that number, a thief can get credit cards or loans, and when it comes time to repay them, they won’t, damaging your credit in the process.

What happens if I answer a spam risk call?

If you receive any call that says “spam risk,” “fraud risk,” “possible scam” or other variations on the caller ID tag, we highly recommend letting it go to voicemail. Legitimate callers with a valid and important reason to contact you will usually leave a voicemail. So check your voicemails to see if they did.

How do I know if Social Security is calling me?

You can call Social Security’s customer service line at 800-772-1213 to confirm whether a communication purporting to be from SSA is real. If you get an impostor call or email, report it to SSA using their detailed online form. You can also call Social Security’s Fraud Hotline at 800-269-0271.

What happens if you answer a spam call?

The robocall’s logic is simple. If you answer their call, your number is considered “good,” even if you don’t fall for the scam. They will try again next time because they know there’s someone on the other side who is a potential victim for fraud. The less you answer, the fewer the calls.

Will Social Security call you about suspending your Social Security number?

Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended. You don’t have to verify your number to anyone who calls out of the blue. And your bank accounts are not about to be seized. SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards.

What can a scammer do with the last 4 digits of your social?

The last four digits of your Social Security number are especially important. Be sure to protect them well. By obtaining your Social Security number, identity thieves have the easiest path to the greatest damage: stealing your money and government benefits. Getting medical care and other services in your name.

Where do I report fake Social Security calls?

If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from Social Security, hang up, and then report details of the call to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at https://oig.ssa.gov/.

Does the Social Security office call you about suspicious activity?

Social Security Administration employees will never threaten you for information or promise benefits in exchange for information. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. … Call the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271.

How can I stop fake calls?

For Android, the process isn’t much different: go to the Recents section of the Phone app, long press on the bothersome number, and choose “Block / report spam.” Again, this will take a lot of persistent work on your part to keep the spammers away — and it does no good against blocked or private callers.