Social Security Administration releases new PSA about nationwide telephone scams – WSYR


SSA – The Social Security Administration (SSA) and its Office of the Inspector General launched a joint Public Service Announcement campaign addressing a nationwide telephone impersonation scheme. 

NewsChannel 9 receives several calls daily from viewers who have gotten these messages. 

Social Security and the OIG continue to receive reports from across the country about fraudulent phone calls from people falsely claiming to be Social Security employees. 

Calls can even “spoof” Social Security’s national customer service number as the incoming number on the caller ID. 

“We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your Social Security number or bank account information to unknown people over the phone or Internet,” said Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security. “If you receive a call and are not expecting one, you must be extra careful – you can always get the caller’s information, hang up, and contact the official phone number of the business or agency the caller claims to represent. Do not reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you.”

Social Security employees do occasionally contact people–generally those who have ongoing business with the agency–by telephone for business purposes.

 However, Social Security employees will never threaten a person or promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information. 

In those cases, the call is fraudulent and people should not engage with the caller. 

If a person receives these calls, he or she should report the information to the OIG Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 or online at

Click here to see the PSA.


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