By Miriam Raftery
September 10, 2017 (San Diego) — Scammers posing as Social Security employees are calling people and trying to con them into giving out personal information that can be used for identity theft, warns the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The swindlers claim that recipients are due a cost of living increase in their Social Security benefits, then ask for personal information that could be used to rip off your Social Security payments by changing your address or account information.
Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.
For questions, you can call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213, or for the hearing impaired, call 1-800-325-0778.