The FTC is disseminating information about a scam where scammers are trying to get social security numbers and money from the elderly. The scammers claim the consumer’s social security number was linked to a crime and they direct the consumer to withdraw money from their bank account.
This is a Scam.
These calls are fake.
No one should respond to an unexpected call about their social security number, even if the caller ID says “SSA” or displays 1-800-772-1213, the SSA’s phone number. If you’re worried about a call that claims to be from SSA, call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213.
People are pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) so they can steal your Social Security Number and your money.
For more information on this scam and what you need to know to protect yourself, read this blog post from the Federal Trade Commission: Fake Calls About Your SSN.
Estate Planning attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is active in the Texas and Austin Bar Associations. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.
She assists families of people with special needs, people planning for the retirement years and people administering estates.