The Social Security Administration announce the launch of a dedicated online form to receive reports from the public of Social Security related scams. These scams in which fraudulent callers mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for purported Social Security number problems have become the number one type of fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission and the Social Security Administration.
To combat these scams, the Social Security Administration will use the new online form to capture data that will be analyzed for trends and commonalities. These efforts are expected to disrupt the scammers, help reduce this type of fraud and reduce the number of victims. “We are taking action to raise awareness and prevent scammers from harming Americans,” Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security. “I am deeply troubled that our country has not been able to stop these crooks from deceiving some of the most vulnerable members of our society.” Commissioner Saul encourages the public to use the new online form to report Social Security phone scams including robocalls and live callers, as well as email, text and in-person scams.
The Social Security Administration will continue to take reports of fraud, waste and abuse in Social Security’s programs and operations. A separate online form for those reports is available online at https://oig.ssa.gov.
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