Scammers want your Social Security number. It's an important key for an identity thief who will use it to access much of your personal sensitive information. Scammers think of all sorts of ways to trick you into giving it to them.
For example, you may get contacted by someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA). They say there is a computer problem, and they need to confirm your Social Security number.
Don't give it to them.
A scammer may say you need a new Social Security card and direct you to a fake website that appears to be Social Security's website and you'll be asked to enter your number to apply for a new card.
If you receive a phone call or are directed to a website other than Social Security Administration - www.ssa.gov - don't respond.
These are most likely scams. Don't give the caller any of your personal information like your bank account, credit card, or Social Security number - unless you know who you're dealing with.
If you suspect a caller is an imposter, the Social Security Administration suggests you contact them directly at
(800) 772-1213 to verify, or deny, the caller's identity prior to providing any information.