South Pittsburgh Reporter - Serving South Pittsburgh Since 1939

Don't be scammed for your Social Security Number


April 15, 2008

Currently, in the Pittsburgh area, the Social Security Office has received reports of individuals phoning people asking for their Social Security number and date of birth.

The caller alleges that they need this information to help them receive a new Social Security card or a new Medicare card. Whatever you do, don't fall victim to this scam.

If you should receive such a call, don't give out your personal information. Instead, contact your local Social Security office or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to report the call and to see if we really need any information from you.

Social Security and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) take these scams very seriously. We do everything we can to stop the perpetrators and educate the public. To report suspicious activity, call the OIG Hotline at 1-800-269-0271. (If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call the OIG TTY number at 1-866-501-2101.) A Public Fraud Reporting form is also available online at OIG's website:

By Patricia A. Sullivan

  Social Security Manager


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