SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Revenue reported Friday that it has recently seen an increase in troubled taxpayers reporting "fished phone calls," many involving false allegations of problems with their Social Security accounts.
The callers fraudulently identify themselves as social security representatives and threaten the taxpayer with deactivating social security number or account due to suspicious activity.
The fraudsters may ask for personal information and bank account information. In addition, your caller ID may even show the real Social Security Administration number (1-800-772-1213) when the scammers call – but they fake the number.
"We urge the public to protect themselves by confirming they are talking to authorized Social Security Administration representatives if they have any questions about the legitimacy of the conversation," said Department Director Nia Ray.
The Social Security Administration recommends that if you suspect the call is a scam, hang up and call SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to speak with a real SSA representative. Never give any part of your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you, or your bank account or credit card number.
If you receive one of these calls, you must notify the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint. You can also report scams to the Office of Inspector General at their hotline at 1-800-269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.??19659011]