DENVILLE, NJ -- Morris County residents should remain alert to a Social Security Scam, announced the Town of Morristown. Morristown officials advise individuals of the warning signs of a scam as follows:

  • You get an unsolicited call from someone claiming to work for the Social Security Administration (SSA). Except in rare circumstances, you will not get a call from SSA unless you have already been in contact with the agency.
  • The caller asks for your Social Security number — again, something an actual SSA employee would not do.
  • A call or email threatens consequences, such as arrest, loss of benefits or suspension of your Social Security number, if you do not provide a payment or personal information.

If someone calls you, officials offer the following suggestions:

  • Hang up if someone calls you out of the blue and claims to be from SSA.
  • Be skeptical if a caller claims to be an “officer with the Inspector General of Social Security.” Scammers appropriate official-sounding and often actual government titles to make a ruse seem authentic.
  • Create a "My Social Security" account online and check it on a monthly basis for signs of anything unusual, even if you have not yet started collecting benefits.
  • Install a robocall-blocking app on your smartphone, or sign up for a robocall-blocking service from your mobile network provider.

Don'ts:

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  • Don’t call a phone number left on your voice mail by a robo-caller. If you want to contact SSA, call the customer-service line at 800-772-1213.
  • Don’t assume a call is legitimate because it appears to come from 800-772-1213. Scammers use “spoofing” technology to trick caller ID.
  • Don’t give your Social Security number or other personal information to someone who contacts you by email. SSA never requests information that way.
  • Don’t click links in purported SSA emails without checking them. Mouse over the link to reveal the actual destination address. The main part of the address should end with “.gov/” — including the forward slash. If there’s anything between .gov and the slash, it is fake.

 

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