SCAM ALERT: Wilmington Senior Center Warns Of Social Security Phone Scams

Below is a notice in the most recent Wilmington Senior Center newsletter:

Inspector General Warns Public About New Twist to Social Security Phone Scams

The Office of the Inspector General of Social Security has received reports of victims who received emails with attached letters and reports that appeared to be from Social Security or Social Security OIG.

Social Security will never:

  • threaten you with arrest or other legal action unless you immediately pay a fine or fee;
  • promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment;
  • require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card; or
  • send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via
    email.

You should never pay a government fee or fine using retail gift cards, cash, internet currency, wire transfers, or pre-paid debit cards. The scammers ask for payment this way because it is very difficult to trace and recover.

The complete text of this letter, complete with links, can be found on the Senior Center’s website.

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