Social Security Fraud Alert
We want to make you aware of a Social Security fraud that unfortunately has been on the rise. Below is the letter we received in response to these fraudulent phone calls. Please remember, Social Security will return your phone call, but will never randomly call you. If you receive one of these fraudulent phone calls please use the resources below to report it.
We’re here to help if you need additional assistance, please call 231.922.0903 or stop by our office. We’re located at 415 E. Eight Street, Traverse City, and our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
We have become aware of reports of fraudulent telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Social Security Administration (SSA). In them, unknown callers are using threatening language to warn unknowing victims that they will be arrested or face other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue. In some instances, these unknown callers switch tactics and communicate that they want to help an individual with activating a suspended Social Security number. Such calls are a scam, and are not coming from official SSA representatives.
We encourage you to inform your members and extended networks not to engage with such callers, and to report any suspicious calls to Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271 or submitting a report on the OIG website. We also urge you to read and share our Social Security Matters blog, which provides more information on the nature of these fraudulent calls, as well as instructions on how to report such activity.
Social Security is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the people we serve. We appreciate your help in spreading the word about this important topic.
Acting Deputy Associate Commissioner
Office of Strategic and Digital Communications