As soon as scammers use up one trick to get your money, they’re onto a new one. Now they are pretending to be from the Social Security Administration — and they want your nine-digit number. The message left on your voicemail will be: “We just suspended your social security number because we found some suspicious activity.” Worried victims will call back — and have their personal information stolen.
… Authorities say these are some tips to keep in mind:
• Know your social security number is not going to be suspended.
• The SSA will never call and ask you for your number.
• Whatever you do, do not confirm the last four digits of your social to anyone who calls.
• If someone asks you to wire money, pay with a gift card or send cash, that person is a scammer, which is a sign to hang up the phone before you too become the victim of identity theft.
Here is someone who received such a call and posted it to You Tube: