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Social Security Administration Visit

How the scam works:

(with video below) All Americans are required to have a social security card and number to identify them for government benefits and various other reasons. This number is very important, and once compromised, it can be difficult to clear your good name. This scam works on the assumption that people are intimidated by the importance of the Social Security Administration – or SSA – and takes advantage of that commonly shared attitude. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see the Social Security Administration Stimulus Scam exposed.

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In a different variation of the scam, the victim in this scam receives a phone call from someone identifying themselves as an employee of the SSA. They advise the victim that they will be conducting a home visit, and they need to ask some preliminary questions before the scheduled visitation. They then ask the victim to “verify” their social security number and other account numbers, such as banking information.

Of course, there is no home visit and the victim has just compromised their personal identifying information, leaving themselves vulnerable to identity theft and the ruination of their good credit.

The scam was reported to happen lately in Michigan, but it could really happen in any other state.

How to avoid the Social Security Administration scam:

Be aware that the SSA never schedules home visits and does not call citizens at home. They only operate out of their offices and via snail mail. If you receive a call such as this you should contact the authorities and advise them of the call and what was said. Telephone scams are as old as the telephone itself; be wary of ever giving too much personal information to anyone over the phone.

 

How to report the Social Security Administration scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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