Widespread reports of Social Security scams across Kentucky

FRANKFURT, Ky. (WVLT) -- Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said there were widespread reports of "suspended" Social Security number scams.

“This tax season scammers are working overtime to steal Social Security numbers, identities and tax refunds,” said Beshear in a news release. “As the Social Security scam continues to spread and claim victims, I want Kentuckians to know they should never hesitate to hang up on a caller who asks for their Social Security number – no matter who they say they are.”

Victims of the scam reported receiving a call which appeared to be from an actual Social Security Administration phone number. The scammer then claimed the victim's Social Security number had been suspended and that they must verify it.

Beshear’s office has received nearly 20 formal complaints of Social Security scams from Kentucky citizens across numerous counties.

There are also multiple reports of the scam occurring across the country, including in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi and Ohio.

Beshear issued the following safeguards to protect yourself from scammers:

- Hang up on anyone who calls you and asks for your Social Security number, bank account information or credit card number.

- Know that the SSA is not suspending your Social Security number, nor will they call and threaten you or demand money.

- Do not trust a caller ID, as scammers use technology to spoof valid phone numbers. To verify any suspicious call contact the real SSA at 1-800-772-1213.