The Social Security Inspector General recently released a warning about a new phishing scam.
Whether you are in the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits in Louisville or you are already getting benefits, it’s important to stay on alert for possible scams. In fact, the Social Security Inspector General has just recently issued a warning about a new phishing scam. If you haven’t already, check out our latest blog to learn all about this phishing scam and what it entails. It’s important to know how to protect yourself against scams like these, and we’ve come up with several tips to help:
#1. Never give personal information over the phone.
Even if you feel like you know and trust the person on the other end of the line, you should never give out personal information over the phone, like your Social Security number or bank account number.
#2. Never wire money or send prepaid debit cards.
If someone is calling you and asking for money, it is almost certainly a scam. Never send prepaid debit cards over the mail or wire money to someone you don’t know.
#3. Check your statements.
If you are already receiving Social Security benefits, it is wise to check the status of your benefits regularly, as well as your statements. This will alert you to any red flags right away so that they can be addressed.
#4. Watch out for excess pressure.
If someone is pressuring you to give them information or send them money, they are probably trying to scam you.
If you feel someone is scamming you, hang up the phone immediately and call the Social Security Fraud Hotline.