The scammers pretend to be from the SSA, with some even using the administration's national customer service number of 1-800-722-1213 or even a local SSA office number.
In some cases, the scammer states that the SSA does not have all of your personal information on file. Other scammers claim Social Security needs additional information, so the agency can increase benefit payments, or that the SSA will terminate benefits if they do not confirm information.
"People should be aware that the scheme's details may vary; however, you should avoid engaging with the caller or calling the number provided, as the caller might attempt to acquire personal information," said SSA Public Affairs Specialist Jacqueline Weisgarber.
SSA will never threaten or promise a Social Security benefit approval or increase in exchange for information. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and people should just hang up.
So far, the Federal Trade Commission has received more than 76,000 reports of social security impostors, resulting in $19 million in losses.
Some safety tips from SSA:
If you have received a call and gave your social security number out, visit https://identitytheft.gov/SSA to file a report or call: 1-800-772-1213