I fell for a phone scam today. They spoofed the Social Security Number and so it came up that way on my phone since I have them in the phone. The number actually was SSA. They told me that my social security number was frozen due to suspicious activity. (And I just had to have my medicare card, the new one, reissued because it was frozen by SSA due to my address and then reissued). All this led me to believe that it really was SSA and they told me I was in deep trouble and needed a criminal lawyer. All my accounts were to be frozen that used my social security number etc.
Although they didn’t get my info, they did get the little bit of money left in my account, well almost all of it. There wasn’t alot and that is one of the good things about being poor. If I didn’t have Social Security’s number saved in my phone this wouldn’t have happened. I was probably targeted and they assumed I would have the number saved.
Pretty soon I won’t answer the phone even if it says it is my children. This spoofing is prevalent and they can spoof it to be someone you know.
I learned a lesson today and it could have been a lot worse.
Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian