Have you received a suspicious call from someone stating that they are an Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigator? Don’t buy it.
The Social Security Administration and the Office of the Inspector General have received numerous calls from people who have reported receiving such calls.
These are very likely scammers and should be reported immediately.
Reports say the caller will identify himself or herself as an “officer with the Inspector General of Social Security and that your Social Security account, Social Security number, and/or your benefits are being suspended. The caller instructs the person to call a non-SSA number to resolve the issue. When you call the number, the person answering claims there’s a warrant for your arrest. This person then tries to strong-arm the caller to purchase iTunes or other gift cards or prepaid banking cards, for hundreds of dollars, and to provide the card information to him or her to resolve the warrant.
Here is what the OIG advises:
- Avoid calling any number provided by a suspicious source, as the unknown source might pressure you to provide your personal information, or to make a payment or purchase for fictitious reasons.
- Avoid making payments over the phone or purchasing gift cards or bank cards to resolve government or business matters.
If you get a suspicious call from someone claiming to be from the OIG, report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.
For that matter, any suspicious communication — a phone call, email, letter, or text – claiming to be from the SSA or the OIG, contact your local Social Security office, or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday to verify whether it is a legitimate call.