A new warning was just issued by the Federal Trade Commission regarding a scam that involves the Social Security Administration. Apparently, scammers are spoofing the administration’s customer service number – 1-800-772-1213. So, if you are getting a call from the Social Security Administration, you should proceed with caution as you may be scammed.
The 1-800-772-1213 Scam Explained
Caller ID spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) explains. Spoofing is often deployed to trick an individual into revealing sensitive personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally.
If you answer the call, you will be having a conversation with a scammer posing as a federal agent in an attempt to get your personal information. The caller presents himself as an employee of the Social Security Administration, and says that he needs the victim’s Social Security number to increase their benefits payments.
This is a smartly crafted scam as it involves the use of the real number of the Administration – 1-800-772-1213. In fact, the number has been spoofed to make the call look and sound authentic. Nonetheless, chances are that victims are generally not acquainted with number, meaning that the number will be unknown to them. This is the place to mention that answering calls from unknown numbers is not safe for a lot of reasons. (Read more...)
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