Scammers have a thousand and one ways to try to get your personal info from you, but you’ve got one advantage over them: you’re reading this article! Today we’re going over some of the common ways that scammers try to get your info. Follow these simple steps to protect your Social Security number from grifters.
Protecting Your Info
Just Hang Up
If you get a strange or fishy phone call from someone claiming to be from the SSA, be skeptical. It’s unlikely that the government would ever call you on the telephone about something related to your Social Security number. Never give anyone your personal info over the phone. The government doesn’t need to confirm your Social Security number: they have it. Just hang up on any fishy calls. If the government really needs to contact you, they won’t call you, they’ll send a letter.
Don’t be intimidated by any official-sounding titles. Con men and grifters love official-sounding titles, as they can make them sound like they’re part of an official government office. However, even if someone has a fancy title or even an official-looking badge, remain skeptical. If the person is really a government employee, they’ll understand your hesitation. If the person is a scammer, they’ll get frustrated. Don’t be afraid to just close the door on suspicious people asking for your personal info.
Consider getting a robocall blocking app to prevent automated calls from hitting your phone. Scammers use software to dial up hundreds of thousands of randomized phone numbers, and they’re able to use “scramblers” to hide their identities as they do so. With the right app on your phone, you can block these fake calls altogether. This lets you just ignore scammers altogether, reducing the change you accidentally give up any personal info.
Remember: when in doubt, just ignore the person. Never give anyone your SSN over the phone or over email.