Social Security Administration issues alert over phone scams

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The Social Security Administration and it’s Office of the Inspector General wants people to know about a nationwide phone scam that appears to be affecting Plattsburgh and the greater North Country.

People are reporting phone calls from individuals claiming to be Social Security employees.  Calls may even appear to be from the Social Security’s national customer service number on the caller ID.

“These calls appear to be happening across the country, so we appreciate SSA’s partnership in this national public outreach effort,” said Gail S. Ennis, the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration. “Our message to the public is simply this: If you or someone you know receives a questionable call claiming to be from SSA or the OIG, just hang up.”

If you have ongoing business with the SSA, employees will occasionally contact people, but workers will never threaten a person or promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information.  If you get a call along those lines, it is fraud.  Don’t engage with the caller, instead report the information to the OIG Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271. 

You can also report it online, by clicking here.

PSA’s will start to air on TV and radio stations around the country.

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