Inspector General's Warning About New Social Security Scam

The Acting Inspector General of Social Security is warning Americans about a new Social Security scam.

The Office of the Inspector General says Americans are reporting that they’re receiving phone calls from a person with a 323 area code posing as an Social Security Administration employee. The caller tells the victim they are due a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment increase of their Social Security benefits. Then, the person asks for personal information, like the victim’s name, date of birth, or Social Security number. If the impersonator gets the information he or she needs, they go to the SSA and request changes to the victims’ direct deposit, address and telephone information.

If you receive a suspicious call from someone saying they’re an SSA employee, report the information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.