Scammers using Social Security as cover for schemes

Mark Abrams
November 28, 2018 - 4:00 am
If you got a call recently from someone claiming to be from the Social Security office informing you that they're changing your numbers, you're not alone.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you got a call recently from someone claiming to be from the Social Security office informing you that they're changing your numbers, you're not alone. 

The Social Security Administration's regional office in Philadelphia confirms it's received complaints about scammer activity.

And up front, no, they're not changing your Social Security number or anyone else's. 

"Social Security will not routinely, out of the blue, call somebody and start asking them information," said Daniel O'Connor, the Philadelphia regional communications director for the Social Security office. "The only time we might call somebody is if they have initiated contact with us for some reason."

O'Connor says the scammers have one objective. 

"They're really using it as a ruse to try to get people to disclose personal information about themselves that they can use for illegal activities," O'Connor said 

He says the best thing you can do is hang up.