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Scam Alert – Social Security Advisory Board Impersonation

May 17, 2019

Lisa Lew, 312.895.7326, TTY 800.610.2779,

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Warns Public About New Social Security Advisory Board Impersonation Scam

The Inspector General of Social Security is warning people about a new kind of government employee impersonation scam. Individuals are receiving scam phone calls displaying the Security Advisory Board’s phone number on caller ID. The scammers attempt to obtain personal information, including Social Security numbers.

The scammers use tricks similar to impersonation schemes involving the IRS, SSA, and the SSA OIG. They may use a variety of false scenarios or threats to obtain personal information or payments, often requested through gift cards or prepaid debit cards.

If you receive this type of call, do not engage with the caller or provide any personal information or money. Report the call to the OIG online at or call (800) 269-0271.

Equip for Equality protects Social Security Beneficiaries. Equip for Equality staff will always clearly identify themselves when calling a payee, a Social Security Beneficiary or other person. Equip for Equality never calls from the SSA Fraud Hotline number.

Learn about Equip for Equality’s Representative Payee Oversight Program here.

Read the full SSA warning here.


Last updated: May 17, 2019

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