Coffman and AARP warn of Social Security scam in Colorado

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 11:20 AM
Coffman, Cynthia

The Journal

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman and the AARP Foundation ElderWatch on Monday alerted Colorado consumers about callers claiming to be with the Social Security Administration.

“These impostors are claiming to be investigators or attorneys with the SSA and telling consumers that their Social Security account is being used fraudulently,” said Coffman. “They are urging consumers to call back immediately or risk not getting their Social Security check the next month. This is an attempt to get worried consumers on the phone in order to obtain confidential personal or financial information.”

Amy Nofziger, of the AARP Foundation ElderWatch, stated that her office has seen a “major uptick” in the number of calls it has been receiving about the scam.

Consumers who receive these calls should hang up without providing any information and, if the caller leaves a voicemail, they should simply delete it. “Under no circumstances should a Colorado consumer return these calls,” advised Coffman.

The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector issued its own warning about these calls in March.

To report suspicious activity, you can call 1-800-222-4444.