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Bureau blogs on Social Security scams
The CFPB has posted a blog article, "Five ways to recognize a Social Security scam." These scams are the most commonly reported type of fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The Office of the Inspector General at the Social Security Administration is warning the public about scammers making phone calls and following up with emails with falsified documents in attempts to get people to pay for fictitious government claims or fees to reinstate or increase benefits. The Bureau lists five symptoms of scams that can help protect people from becoming victims:
- Threats of arrest or legal action
- Emails or texts with personally identifiable information
- Misspellings and grammar mistakes
- Requests for payment by gift or pre-paid card, cash, or wire transfer
- Offers to increase benefits in exchange for payment
Anyone who believes they have been victimized by a Social Security scam should report it to the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint and to the SSA Office of Inspector General Fraud at oig.ssa.gov.