National Slam the Scam Day on March 9th was started in 2020 as an initiative to raise public awareness and combat Social Security-related scams. The modern-day thieves are counting on you being uninformed and oblivious to their deceptive tactics. While attacks on phones or computers can cause hardware or software damage that can be repaired, the damage to your bank account or theft of your personal information is not so easy to fix.


According to National Day Calendar, "The following points come directly from the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA OIG):

  • Be prepared. Real government officials will NEVER:
    • Threaten arrest or legal action against you unless you immediately send money;
    • Promise to increase your benefits or resolve a problem if you pay a fee or move your money into a protected account;
    • Require payment with gift cards, prepaid debit cards, wire transfer, Internet currency, or by mailing cash; or
    • Try to gain your trust by providing fake “documentation,” false “evidence,” or the name of a real government official.
  • That list is just part of how scammers try to trick the public into paying them hard-earned money. Don’t let it happen to you!
  • Read the Press Release from the SSA OIG in the following PDF."