Posted on Jan 30, 2020

Tammy Minger Law Office

TIPS FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS TO AVOID SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM
In the majority of adoptions my office handles, the adoptive parents decide to change the Social Security numbers for their children after the adoption. If they are contacted by someone pretending to be from Social Security they may not think it unusual, so we wanted to be sure to pass along the notice below from Social Security at oig.ssa.gov/scam.

Scammers are pretending to be government employees trying to scare you and trick you into giving them your personal information and money. They may threaten you or may demand money to avoid arrest.

DON'T BE FOOLED BY A SUSPICIOUS CALL:
1. Hang up!
2. DO NOT give them money or personal information!
3. Report the scam at OIG.SSA.GOV!

What to look out for:
-The call or email says there is a problem with your Social Security Number or account.
-Someone asking you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, wire transfers, pre-paid debit cards, internet currency, or by mailing cash.
-Scammers pretend they’re from Social Security or another government agency. Caller ID or documents sent by email may look official but they are not.
-Callers threaten you with legal action.

Social Security may call you in some situations but will never:
* Threaten you
* Suspend your Social Security Number
* Demand immediate payment from you
* Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer
* Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash
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