Scammers impersonating Social Security Administration

Officials said the callers fraudulently identify themselves as Social Security Administration representatives and threaten taxpayers with deactivating their Social Security number or account due to “suspicious activity.”

Posted: Aug 9, 2019 12:58 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Revenue is warning the public after a spike in scam calls.

Officials said the callers fraudulently identify themselves as Social Security Administration representatives and threaten taxpayers with deactivating their Social Security number or account due to “suspicious activity.”

As part of the scam, the caller may ask for personal information and bank account information.

Officials warn that a person’s caller ID may even show the real Social Security Administration number -- 1-800-772-1213 -- but the scammers are faking the number.

“We encourage the public to protect themselves by verifying they’re speaking with authorized representatives of the Social Security Administration if they have any questions about the legitimacy of the call,” said Department of Revenue Director Nia Ray.

If you suspect the call is a scam, hang up and call the Social Security Administration number and speak to a real representative. Officials said you should never give any part of your Social Security number, bank account information or credit card number to anyone who contacts you.

Officials said if you get one of the calls, notify the Federal Trade Commission. You can also report scams to the Office of Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271 or online by clicking here

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