Guard Your Social Security Number

Social Security Numbers (SSN) are the single, most valuable piece of personal information scammers want. Now they have found a new way to trick you into handing it over.


How the scam works:

  • Someone with an official-sounding title calls you claiming to work for the Social Security Administration (SSA).

  • They inform you of the suspension of your SSN for suspicious activity, or your number was linked to crime than ask you to verify your details.

  • The caller may threaten you with arrest, suspension of your SSN or the loss of benefits unless you pay a fee to resolve the matter.

  • The latest version of this scam involves receiving an authentic-looking email that you think came from the SSA. The email contains a link to register for a program to protect you from Social Security fraud. Although the website may look real, sadly it’s a scam to steal your information.

Things to Remember about the Social Security Administration:

  • SSA will not call you unless you first initiated contact with them.

  • SSA employees will never ask for your SSN, if someone does it is probably a scam.

  • SSA will not threaten you with arrest, withhold funds, or suspend your SSN if you refuse to provide your personal information.

What You Should Do if Contacted:

  • Hang up if someone calls claiming they work for the SSA. If you’re ever concerned about a call, dial the SSA at 1(800) 772-1213, instead of the number the caller gave you.

  • Never give your SSN to someone who contacts you.

  • Report Scams to the Federal Trade Commission.

Call the Pima County Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers with information about scams and frauds. To contact the Scam Squad directly, 9 am to noon Monday through Friday, call (520) 351-6715, or email: To report suspicious activity or incidents of fraud, call (520) 351-4900.

If you are interested in becoming a Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteer, please email for an application or call (520) 351-6746.


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