It’s a new year, and that means there’s a new Social Security scam to look out for.
This one has actually made the rounds before. But for someone who hasn’t seen it, or even someone who’s just caught off guard, it can seem very, very real.
The scam goes like this — you’ll get a message, claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA). It says your Social Security number has been suspended due to being involved in criminal activities.
How can you tell it’s a fake? This message typically comes with the date in European format, with the day first and month second. It’s also common for it to come addressed to no specific person.
Finally, your Social Security number can’t be “suspended” for any reason. Remember to never give out your information to anyone who you can’t verify. If you suspect fraud, report it to the SSA.