AARP warns of Social Security scams

Published 8:00 am Saturday, March 9, 2024

One of the most popular ways for criminals to steal money and sensitive information is by impersonating a trusted source – often a government agency. According to the Federal Trade Commission, victims of government impostor scams reported nearly $509 million stolen from them in 2022.

March 7 is National Slam the Scam Day and the focus this year is stopping Social Security impostor scams. Here are three tips from AARP to help you do just that.

Beware of unexpected calls, texts or emails claiming there is a problem with your Social Security number. One example is a warning that your number has been linked to criminal activity and suspended. 

Second, the Social Security Administration will only call you if you are already engaged in conversations with the agency. Finally, AARP points out you can access your account securely at ssa.gov/myaccount. This will give you a safe and reliable place to check on your account if you ever have questions.