To avoid being scammed, the Social Security Administration says to recognize four basic signs of a scam:
- Scammers pretend to be from a familiar organization, like the Social Security Administration. They may email attachments with official-looking logos, seals, signatures or pictures of employee credentials.
- Scammers mention a problem or a prize. They may say your Social Security number has been involved in a crime or ask for personal information to process a benefit increase.
- Scammers pressure you to act immediately. They may threaten you with arrest or legal action.
- Scammers tell you to pay using a gift card, prepaid debit card, cryptocurrency, wire or money transfer, or by mailing cash. They may also tell you to transfer your money to a “safe” account.
If you are approached by someone who says any of the things above, IGNORE THEM and do not agree to anything they ask you to do. If they call you, hang up. If they email you, do not respond, delete the email and block the sender. Most important: Contact Pine Street Legal at 215-345-9214 or firstname.lastname@example.org before you give someone you think may be a scammer any money or access to any of your bank or credit card accounts.