The Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, is warning everyone of a new SSN scam.  Hackers are taking to the phones and using RoboCalls to make their threats.

The message goes something like this:
law enforcement agencies to suspend your Social Security number on an immediate basis, as we have received suspicious trails of information in your name. The moment you receive this message, I need you to get back to me on my department division toll-free number that is 1-888-952-5554. I repeat 1-888-952-5554. Verify the last four digits of your Social Security number when you call to better assist you with this issue. Now, if I don’t hear a call from you, we will have to issue an arrest warrant under your name and get you arrested. So, get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you.

What makes this so convincing?

First the phone number that they call from is spoofed so it says that the Social Security Administration is calling.

The phone number they leave is similar to that of the SSA.

What makes it not believable?

Your social security number can NEVER be suspended for any reason.

There is no reason why you would have to re-activate a number that can’t be suspended.

What should you do if you get a call like this?

Hang up.  If you contacted the SSA about something they may call you but there will be no repercussions for hanging up on them.

If you get a voicemail, don’t call the number back!

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