Getting bombarded by scam calls? You're not alone.

From Jim Kreidler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC (12/16/19)
 
The Social Security Administration (SSA) scam is the number one scam reported to the FTC right now.
 
As soon as a caller threatens you, or demands you pay them with a gift card or by wiring money, it’s a scam. Even if the caller ID tells you otherwise.
 
If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration, hang up the phone and remember:
 
  • Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended.
  • The real Social Security Administration will never call to threaten your benefits.
  • The real SSA will never tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on a gift card.
 
Watch this video to see how scammers use threats and high-pressure tactics to try to con you. Learning about scams makes them much easier to avoid. If you’ve received a call like this, tell your friends, family and neighbors about it. Tell them to hang up the phone and to report it to the Federal Trade Commission.