Consumers across the country are getting calls from scammers pretending to be employees of the Social Security Administration. The Acting Attorney General of Social Security is now warning Americans not to pick up the phone for them.

The scam involves the caller telling the victim that they are due for a cost-of-living payment increase, and that all they have to do to get it is verify their personal information. The scammers can then use this information to create credit cards in your name or perform other forms of identity theft.

While the SSA does occasionally reach out to consumers over the phone, it does so rarely and only with an advance notice. If you receive a call out of the blue, exercise extreme caution.

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