December 9, 2021
Con artists pretending to be with the Social Security Administration (SSA) are utilizing email, text messages, and phone calls to scare people into providing money and/or personal information. Remember: The SSA will never threaten, scare, or pressure you to take an immediate action.
It is a SCAM if someone…
● Warns of imminent arrest or legal action
● Requests payment by gift card, prepaid debit card, internet currency, or mailing cash
● Pressures you for personal information
● Requests secrecy
● Threatens to seize your bank account
● Promises to increase your Social Security benefit
● Says they have evidence against you, or uses the name of a real SSA official
How to protect yourself from Social Security-related scams:
1. Stay calm. Do not provide money or personal information when you feel pressured, threatened, or scared.
2. Hang up on the caller or ignore the text or email.
3. Report Social Security-related scams. If you receive a suspicious call, text, or email that mentions Social Security, report it to the SSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Do not be embarrassed if you shared personal information or suffered a financial loss.
UF’s Information Security Office has an Identity Thefts and Scams webpage where you can learn more about the techniques used by cyber criminals.