Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information. Search form Search. This is what a Social Security scam sounds like. Share this page Facebook Twitter Linked-In. December 27, by Jennifer Leach. Here's what to know: Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended. And your bank accounts are not about to be seized. SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer. Every time. Even if the wait time is long, confirm with the real SSA before responding to one of these calls.
Never give any part of your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Or your bank account or credit card number. Tagged with: imposter , scam. Blog Topics:.
5 Kinds of ID Theft Using a Social Security Number
Comments Ev49 July 26, reply. Mine same call, fraudulent use in Texas. TJ April 9, reply. Amanda May 24, reply. Ashey May 9, reply. Dan-Houston June 21, reply. Jen April 1, reply. I just got a scammer call from KAM April 8, reply. Deckard May 3, reply. File a report! Barkeater April 8, reply. I got the same robotic call from Texas number Avalon Stryder April 28, reply. New number associated with this scam: Peter April 29, reply. Ljg May 7, reply. Beaon't use May 13, reply. May 17, reply. Beware October 8, reply. Angiem April 11, reply. Lisa April 15, reply. Francis January 3, reply. LeahNichols March 18, reply.
Xyle February 8, reply. MMcGregor March 6, reply. It is still illegal, but criminals don't care about the law!! BradR February 12, reply. Pete H March 3, reply. These people have computerized dialers that will pick an area code say , and start at the beginning: Then Then and so on.
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She April 27, reply. Ive gotten calls like this from unknown numbers. Sophia May 17, reply. John Michael January 30, reply. Scarlettann February 7, reply.
Rustynailz21 August 14, reply. Dont engage in conversation with the scammers. Gina February 19, reply. Scam number to be added. Hunter62 March 4, reply.
What to Do if Your Social Security Card is Lost or Stolen
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Another scam call I believe i received this morning from number: SalemsLyric April 8, reply. Mike November 4, reply. JeramiahJohnson May 13, reply. The three words that puts deep nails in the coffin are suspended and social security number And if that's not enough I'll say this.
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The Purpose of Having a Social Security Number
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Retirement Planner. Sign Up Log In. Home Personal Finance. By James Wellemeyer. Comment icon. Text Resize Print icon. Getty Images. Keep your data close and your Social Security number closer. There are other options, some more than two decades old One security feature that could replace the Social Security number in identifying individuals when applying for bank accounts or credit cards is Voice ID. Even a heartbeat can be an identifier With new methods of identification come new privacy concerns for consumers. Why are Social Security numbers still being used as identifying information?
A White House proposal Rob Joyce, a former cybersecurity coordinator in the White House who has now gone back to the National Security Agency, recently said the White House was looking into new methods of identifying consumers. This story was updated on July 30, MarketWatch Partner Center. You'll need to remember a few important dates as you seek clues to your ancestors in the Social Security records. President Franklin D.
Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law on August 14, By June 30, , the Social Security Board had established field offices that assigned Social Security numbers until Since , all Social Security numbers have been issued centrally from Baltimore. Do you know where your grandfather worked when he first applied for a Social Security card? Up until , Social Security card applications included the applicant's employer and the employer's address. Someone you are seeking may not have applied for a Social Security number until it was needed for Medicare benefits, beginning in for those age 65 or older.
What about military records? In , the Department of Defense began using Social Security numbers instead of military service numbers to identify Armed Forces personnel.