Consumer Corner: Beware of scammers posing as Social Security Administration

By Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

One of the scams that almost always appears on our annual list of most common scams of the year is the government imposter scam. The most frequent version of this scam involves someone impersonating the Internal Revenue Service, saying you owe taxes and asking you to pay immediately via your credit card or by purchasing a pre-paid debit card and calling them back with the card number. Other scammers claim to be from different federal, state or local government agencies. We’ve even had scammers impersonate the attorney general’s office threatening arrest you if you don’t pay a fine immediately. I assure you, we won’t do that.

Recently, we’ve seen a twist on the government imposter scam involving a robo-call claiming to be from the Social Security Administration informing you that your benefits are about to end if you don’t take action. Rest assured, the real Social Security Administration will never call you to cut off your benefits and will never ask you to wire money, make payments via gift card, or send cash payments to continue your benefits.

If you receive one of these calls, hang up. Do not press one, or any other number it asks you to press. Perhaps most importantly, never give your personal information to someone over the phone.

Government agencies like the Social Security Administration will always contact you by a notice in the mail, not by robo-call. And if you do get something in the mail, it’s always a good idea to look up the agency’s phone number and call to make sure it’s a legitimate letter. Don’t call the number listed on the letter. Always take steps to verify anything you receive from someone purporting to be from a government agency is telling the truth.

For more information on how to protect yourself from these and other scams, see the attorney general’s consumer protection website or contact the consumer protection hotline at 800-432-2310.

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