Scammers try to swipe your SSN and some cash

Published: Dec. 27, 2018 at 3:08 PM EST
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If the Social Security Administration calls and asks you to confirm your number … hang up!

According to South Dakota’s attorney general, scammers pretend to be from the SSA in an attempt to get your Social Security number and a “fee.”

“The Social Security Administration will never call and ask to confirm your Social Security number and will never require a fee,” Attorney General Marty Jackley said. “Never give out personal identifying information to unsolicited callers. This approach is always a scam.”

While the scam routines vary, one of the most common includes the caller telling people their Social Security number has been linked to a crime involving drugs or sending money out of the country illegally. The caller then confirms that the Social number is blocked and to reactivate it requires a fee.

For more information on this and other scams, you can contact the AG’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-300-1986.