AG Hood warns of fake calls asking for Social Security numbers

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Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is warning Mississippians about an increase in fake phone calls that appear to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Posted: Dec 19, 2018 4:54 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is warning Mississippians about an increase in fake phone calls that appear to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The scammer asks for the victim’s Social Security number and money.


Jim Hood

He says the calls look like they are coming directly from the SSA because scammers have spoofed the SSA’s real number: 1-800-772-1213.

“You should never give out your Social Security number to someone who contacts you because the Social Security Administration will not ask you for that information,” Hood said.

Here are important reminders:

- The SSA will never call and ask for your Social Security number. It won’t ask you to pay anything, and it won’t call to threaten your benefits.

- Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling. Computers make it easy to show any number on caller ID. You can’t trust what you see there.

- Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Don’t confirm the last 4 digits, and don’t give a bank account or credit card number – ever – to anybody who contacts you asking for it.

- Remember that anyone who tells you to wire money, pay with a gift card, or send cash is a scammer. Always. No matter who they say they are.

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