Don’t be fooled by calls from “Social Security Office”

Press release from Michigan City Police

Citizens in and around Michigan City and LaPorte County are reporting scam phone calls that appear to be from the Social Security Office. The bad thing about this is scammers have the ability to change the caller IDs to make it appear you are being called from a legitimate source. They are actually spoofing the real phone number (1-800-772-1213) of Social Security. In addition, they have access to Robocall technology to make millions of calls, so they can keep calling and calling until they get someone to pay or hand over their personal information.

The scam callers are stating that your Social Security number is at risk of being “deactivated” or “deleted.” They then give you the last four numbers of your Social Security number, asking you to verify the rest, and they will assist you in “re-activation” to keep your current benefits. 

Scammers are saying your Social Security number has been suspended because of suspicious activity or because it’s been involved in a crime. They have even gone as far as threatening your immediate arrest.  In some instances they will say your bank account is about to be seized and tell you what to do to keep it safe. (Often, that involves putting your money on gift cards and giving them the codes – which, of course, means that your money is gone.)

Crooks are trying to catch us off-guard. Seniors sometimes face memory issues or can feel uncertain about their abilities to handle important things such as taxes or Social Security, and this is where fear takes over and plays a big role in these types of scams.

Here’s what to know:

— Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended. You don’t have to verify your number to anyone who calls out of the blue. And your bank accounts are not about to be seized.

— SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer. Every time.

— The real SSA number is 1-800-772-1213, but scammers are putting that number in the caller ID. If you’re worried about what the caller says, hang up and call 1-800-772-1213 to speak to the real SSA. Even if the wait time is long, talk to the real SSA.

— Never give any part of your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Or your bank account or credit card number.

As always, if you feel that you have been scammed or someone is attempting to cheat you, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski 873-1461 ext. #1020 or email

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