By David G. Freitag, Financial Planning Consultant with MassMutual ~
Does this sound like a scene from a movie?
Bob is relaxing at home after a crazy day at the office. He checks his voicemail messages on his phone and is startled to hear this message from a stranger: “This is a call from fraud prevention at the Social Security Administration. I am calling to inform you your social security number has been suspended. Please contact the emergency hotline number today, 773-xxx-xxxx. I repeat, the number is 773-xxx-xxxx. Thank you.”
In reality, this is not a message from the Social Security Administration. It is, in fact, a phishing call from a thief who is trying to get access to your personal information using your Social Security number.
The Social Security Administration is well aware of this phishing scam. They have developed a specific link to the SSA.GOV web site that explains this fraud attempt in great detail. For helpful information, please use this link to their web page, https://blog.ssa.gov/is-that-phone-call-from-us/
Remember: the Social Security Administration does not call you and tell you they have “suspended” your number.
Below is a list from the Social Security Administration website of things they do not do:
If you get a call from anyone else using a message like this, the best thing to do is hang up!
David Freitag, an industry veteran in financial services and wealth management, brings a deep passion and unparalleled expertise in Social Security filing strategies and retirement income planning to his current role as a financial planning consultant. David is a frequent speaker, presenter, guest lecturer and published author on such topics as retirement income distribution planning, Social Security, tax planning in retirement, and Roth conversions, amongst others. He has been featured in Market Watch, CNBC, USA Today Money, and The Street.Com. David is a Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Retirement Planning Consultant, and holds his Series 7 and 24 securities licenses. He also holds a Master of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Maryland.