Social Security Administration Warns Of New Scam Making Its Way Across North Texas

Andrew Greenstein
July 17, 2019 - 12:19 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Scammers will stop at nothing to get their hands on your hard-earned money.

One currently making the rounds in North Texas involve folks purporting to be from the Social Security Administration.

Here's how this latest one works -- you get a call, with an 888 number popping up on the caller ID.

Immediately, a robotic-sounding voice tells you that your Social Security number has been fraudulently used near the southern border.

"Some claim a law has been violated using the person's Social Security number," says Sarah Schultz-Lackey, the Dallas regional communications director of the Social Security Administration. "They can sound really, really convincing, and the caller can become really aggressive and intimidating."

The recording tells you to press 1 to be connected to a law enforcement officer.

"Don't press one," says Schultz-Lackey. "Don't do anything they asked you to do. Hang up immediately."

By pressing 1, Schultz-Lackey says you let the scammers know that the number they dialed is a legitimate working number, and they will call back and be very relentless and aggressive with you.

Furthermore, Schultz-Lackey says the Social Security Administation will never cold call you -- it will only call to follow up on business that you initiated.

Otherwise, if it needs to get a hold of you, it will do so by snail mail.

Keeping up with the scammers is becoming more and more challenging for the Social Security Administration.

"It's evolving constantly," says Schultz-Lackey, "because as soon as we get the word out about one way that it's evolved, it changes again so that people don't know what to look for and let their guard down."

If you receive one of these calls, you're urged to report it to the Office of Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271.