Every year in March, people raise awareness about the prevalence of scams and educate each other on how to avoid falling victim to them. This annual event was established in 2020 to promote awareness and prevent scammers from successfully carrying out their deceitful crimes, particularly those related to Social Security scams.
Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their tactics, making it more important than ever to be vigilant and informed. In this blog, we’ll explore the history of National Slam the Scam Day, discuss common types of scams, and provide tips on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim. Let’s get started!
Did you know that Social Security imposter scams are the top reported type of government imposter fraud to the Federal Trade Commission? These scams involve criminals posing as representatives of the Social Security Administration in an attempt to obtain personal information and money from unsuspecting individuals.
A government imposter scam is when someone pretends to work for the government and asks for personal information, money, or threatens the victim. These scams usually happen over the phone but can also occur via email, text, social media, or mail. To protect yourself, remember the four basic signs of a scam:
The best way to stop these crimes is to educate consumers. By learning to recognize these scams, we can avoid falling prey to them. According to the SSA, it’s important to remember that real government officials will NEVER:
If you get a strange phone call, text, email, social media message, or letter from someone claiming to be from Social Security, the SSA recommends the following tips to protect yourself:
According to officials, the best way to handle a scam is to ignore the phone calls, emails, and texts and to report any fraudulent activities. Share this information with your community to protect them from scammers and report any scams to the Office of the Inspector General at oig.ssa.gov/report.
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