Official warns of scam targeting Social Security recipients


ABILENE, Texas - Acting Inspector General for the Social Security Administration Gale Stallworth Stone issued a warning about a nationwide telephone scam targeting Social Security recipients.

The Office of the Inspector General has received several reports about people receiving phone calls from individuals posing as OIG investigators. The caller claims that there is a problem with the victim's Social Security account and directs them to call a non-SSA number to address the issue.

There are multiple variations of the scam, but one of the most common includes a recording from a caller who identifies herself as "Nancy Jones," claiming to be an "officer with the Inspector General of Social Security." The recording says the the victim's benefits are suspended.

The OIG urges citizens to avoid calling the number provided in the recording, as the unknown caller might try to get the victim's personal information.

OIG investigators will sometimes contact people by phone to investigate possible cases of fraud, but they will never ask for sensitive information over the phone.

If you receive a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be from the OIG, you can report it or verify its legitimacy by calling 1-800-269-0271 or visiting the office's website.