MINNEAPOLIS, MN– This morning, I was alerted by way of a phone call from a suspicious number that my Social Security Number was “compromised”, the robotic voice on the end of the line suggested that I call 210-469-8113 to clear things up. DISCLAIMER: !!! DO NOT CALL THIS NUMBER IT IS A SCAM NUMBER: 210-469-8113!!!
I did no such thing, I did not call that number, I did what most people would do in this situation: I panicked and started to sweat profusely. Just kidding. I did some internet research and found that this was a scam and that I needed to let authorities know. I filed a report with OIG and gave a call to the real Social Security people.
Being around tax time, one can estimate why someone would want to steal a social security number, that could be why this phone call scam is on the rise throughout America, and now happening in Minnesota.
That said, be aware of your credit standing and your personal information and your finances, in general. Also, dig deeper, get the information and make a report.
I found out the somewhat easy way after reading articles and waiting on hold for 40 minutes to talk to Pamela with Social Security. She said that this scam has been going on for years, and now the scammers have become wiser and are using more sophisticated techniques such as mimicking the Social Security number itself. She thanked me for reporting my incident and apologized that I was a victim of this scam.
Hopefully you avoid becoming a victim as well, and do not panic if you receive this type of call. To safeguard yourself, you can check your Social Security information at 800-772-1213 — the Social Security Administration’s national customer service line. As I discovered, they were very helpful.
Also, anyone receiving a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from the SSA should contact the Office of the Inspector General at 800-269-0271 or oig.ssa.gov/report.