The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA), Gail S. Ennis, is alerting the public about a new tactic in government imposter phone scams to deceive people into sending money or personal information.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has received reports of phone scammers creating fake versions of the identification badges most Federal employees use to gain access to Federal buildings. The badges use government symbols, words, and even names and photos of real people, which are available on government websites or through Internet searches.
In particular, SSA will NEVER:
- text or email images of an employee’s official government identification;
- suspend your Social Security number;
- threaten you with arrest or other legal action unless you immediately pay a fine or fee;
- require payment by retail gift card, wire transfer, internet currency, or mailing cash;
- promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment; or
- send official letters or reports containing your personal information via email.
Inspector General Ennis encourages the public to report Social Security scams—or other Social Security fraud—via our website, https://oig.ssa.gov.