In her capacity as a SHIP Counselor (Senior Health Insurance Plan), Supervisor Johnson was made aware of a scam that has become problematic for DeKalb’s senior population, as well as persons with disabilities.
She received the following communication from the Social Security Administration:
We have become aware of reports of fraudulent telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Social Security Administration (SSA). In them, unknown callers are using threatening language to warn unknowing victims that they will be arrested or face other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue. In some instances, these unknown callers switch tactics and communicate that they want to help an individual with activating a suspended Social Security number. Such calls are a scam, and are not coming from official SSA representatives.
We encourage you to inform your members and extended networks not to engage with such callers, and to report any suspicious calls to Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271 or submitting a report on the OIG website. We also urge you to read and share our Social Security Matters blog, which provides more information on the nature of these fraudulent calls, as well as instructions on how to report such activity.
Social Security is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the people we serve. We appreciate your help in spreading the word about this important topic.
Please NEVER SHARE THIS TYPE OF INFORMATION WITH ANYONE. The Township (815) 758-8282) and Elder Care Services ((815) 758-6550) are here to assist anyone who needs help with the SSA website. Please protect your information.