Can my Social Security Number be Suspended?
Recently, our friends at KnowBe4 warned us of robocall scams saying your Social Security Number is suspended. Here’s what they had to say:
“Be on the lookout for a popular robocall scam that is tricking people into believing their Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended. The robocall tells you to call the number provided to speak with a government agent about the issue. Some of the robocalls even threaten to issue an arrest warrant if the victim doesn’t respond.
When you call the number back, you are actually speaking with a fake government agent. This scammer will try to trick you into giving up sensitive personal information like your SSN, birth date, and bank account number.
Always remember the following to stay safe from tricks like this:
- Your Social Security number can never be suspended.
- The Social Security Administration will never threaten to arrest anyone.
- Do not share any type of personal information with anyone you don’t know over the phone.
- If you get this type of call, hang up the phone immediately and report the call to the appropriate agency.”
If you suspect your SSN has been compromised:
- Contact the Federal Trade Commission (www.idtheft.gov or 1-877-IDTHEFT).
- Notify the three major credit bureaus (Equifax: 1-888-766-0008; TransUnion: 1-800-916-8800; Experian: 1-888-397-3742).
- Reach out to the Social Security Administration via their website.
Trust your Instincts
If something doesn’t sound or feel right, a quick internet search will often tell you your instinct was right – you’re being scammed. Protecting your personal information is the most effective way to avoid falling victim to an identity thief. So, ask a lot of questions, refuse to answer questions, and do your own research before providing information to anyone.
The bottom line: Identity theft is not fun, so it’s important to protect yourself from it over the phone and online.