News from Jackson Hole Radio February 10, 2021

Social Security Scams Happening

by Jackson Hole Radio News

In the past few weeks, there has been a proliferation of Social Security phone scams in the area. These scams may use sophisticated tactics and can sound pretty convincing.

The Office of the Inspector General has recently received reports of telephone scammers even using real Social Security and Office of Inspector General officials’ names — many of which are publicly available on our websites or through an online search.

Other common tactics to lend legitimacy to scams are citing “badge numbers” of law enforcement officers. Some request that people send email attachments containing personal information about an “investigation,” or text links to click on to “learn more” about a Social Security-related problem.

When it comes down to it though, Social Security will never suspend your Social Security number because someone else has used it in a crime, threaten you with arrest or other legal action pending you immediately paying a fine or fee, require payment by retail gift card, wire transfer, internet currency, or mailing cash, promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment or send official letters or reports containing your personal information via email.

Inspector General Gail Ennis says, “Don’t believe anyone who calls you unsolicited from a government agency and threatens you — just hang up.”