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Be aware of new Social Security scam

Be Aware of New Social Security Scam

AARP is asking seniors to be alert for a new scam involving Social Security. It goes like this: Someone posing as a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee calls from a phone number with a 323 area code. In some cases, the swindler tells victims they are due a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment increase in their Social Security benefits. The impersonator then asks the victim to verify all of his of her personal information including name, date of birth and Social Security number in order to receive the increase. An impostor who acquires these data can use them to contact the SSA and request changes to the victim's direct deposit, address and phone information.

SSA does sometimes call citizens for customer service purposes but their representatives will not ask for personal information in this way. If you receive a suspicious call, please report it to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or visit https://oig.ssa.gov/report.