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Social Security Number scammers are at it again

Social Security Number scammers are at it againThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) once again sounded the alarm in mid-December about the latest Social Security Number (SSN) scam that continues to affect thousands of Americans. While most of us were only able to read about this type of scam in the past, the FTC now has an …

  • 10 Jan 2019
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Social Security Number scammers are at it again
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) once again sounded the alarm in mid-December about the latest Social Security Number (SSN) scam that continues to affect thousands of Americans. While most of us were only able to read about this type of scam in the past, the FTC now has an audio recording of an SSN scam robocall, which they released two weeks after the warning. Play the audio below and familiarize yourselves with what an SSN scam sounds like. Take note of the sentence phrasing and the mild threat at the near end of the automated recording directed to those who aren’t motivated enough to call back the number it provided. https://blog.malwarebytes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/ssa_robocall.mp3Transcription: …law enforcement agencies to suspend your Social Security number on an immediate basis, as we have received suspicious trails of information in your name. The moment you receive this message, I need you to get back to me on my department division toll-free number that is 1-888-952-5554. I repeat 1-888-952-5554. Verify the last four digits of your Social Security number when you call to better assist you with this issue. Now, if I don’t hear a call from you, we will have to issue an arrest warrant under your name and get you arrested. So, get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you. This particular recording wasn’t specific about the “suspicious trails of information” they were referring to, but there have been reports to the FTC of scammers linking their target’s SSN to certain crimes they claim are taking place in Texas, such as illegally sending money outside of the country. The FTC noted that the threat of individuals or groups pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) are growing at an exponential rate. In fact, there was a 994 percent increase in SSN scams reported to FTC—from 3,200 in 2017 to 35,000 in 2018. Not just a numb3rs g4m3 One attribute that makes SSN scams successful (and makes one likely to be more accepting of calls) is the scammers’ use of technology to mimic the legitimate contact number of the Social Security Administration (SSA) so that appears in the caller ID when contacting targets. In this case, the scammers used 1-800-772-1213, the SSA’s national customer service number. Yet, SSN scams are more than just a numbers game. Seeing red To help clue you in on other tactics used by SSN scammers, below is a list of red flags or tactics these scammers practice that anyone with a Social Security Number should at least be familiar with: The call comes out of nowhere—especially if you haven’t contacted the SSA first or you have no ongoing business with them, such as a pending Social Security Disability (SSD) application. If you do have a pending application with the SSA, an agent may call if the information in the application isn’t complete, answers on the form aren’t legible, or the agent has found some discrepancies between the information you provided in the application and the information they
Source: Malware BytesPublished on 2019-01-10
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