I received a phone call a few weeks ago and unable to answer, I let it go to voicemail. Here’s the recording:

“This call is from the Department of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your social security number because we found some suspicious activity. So if you want to know about this case, just press 1, thank you.”

The caller ID on my cellphone listed the call as “unknown.”

Naturally, it occurred to me immediately upon listening this that it was an attempt at a phone scam. If I had answered, I bet someone would’ve told me about how I have an arrest warrant out on me and I need to send money.

First, the Social Security Administration doesn’t suspend social security numbers. That makes no sense. I think the only time your social security number gets suspended is when you die.

Second, poor English should alway raise a red flag ... “that we just suspend your social security number” ... when it should be ... “that we just suspended your social security number.”

Third, if the Social Security Administration actually wanted to reach me about some sort of issue, I’m pretty sure I’d be getting a letter in the mail, not a robocall from an unknown number.

Since this occurred, I’ve discovered that I’m not alone. There happens to be a scam going around right now with the crooks using this tactic to try to get personal information and have you send money. There are some people who have fallen for this. Don’t be one of them. Just hang up.

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