[Editor's Note: This editor just received an extremely threatening SCAM phone call OSTENSIBLY from the Social Security Administration. Do not call back or you will be scammed. I listened and hung up, because I knew it was a scam I will also report it to the Office of the Inspector General.]
This is information from The U.S. Social Security Administration website FAQs: https://faq.ssa.gov/en-US/Topic/article/KA-10018
If there is a problem, we (the U.S. SSA) will mail you a letter with your Social Security number. Generally, we will only contact you if you have requested a call or have ongoing business with us. Recently, scams—misleading victims into making cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for Social Security number problems—have skyrocketed.
Our employees will never threaten you for information or promise a benefit in exchange for personal information or money. Social Security employees also will not:
Tell people that their Social Security number has been suspended.
Promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information.
Contact people to demand an immediate payment.
Ask people for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Require a specific means of debt repayment, like a prepaid debit card or gift card.
Demand that people pay a Social Security debt without the ability to appeal the amount you owe.
Be cautious about providing personal information to someone who calls you and asks for:
Retail gift cards;
Prepaid debit cards; or
Never provide payment to callers over the phone.
If you receive a suspicious call or are unsure of the identity of someone alleging to be from Social Security:
Do not provide personal information, money, or retail gift cards; and
Report details of the call to our Office of the Inspector General.