Thursday, February 29, 2024

How to Spot An Imposter Social Security Social Media Account

Dawn Bystry, the Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic and Digital Communications at the Social Security Administration, offers the below crime prevention tips:

Do you know how to spot fake Social Security social media accounts? The tips below will help you protect yourself and your family.

How fraudsters create imposter accounts

Fraudsters create imposter social media pages and accounts using Social Security-related images and jargon, making them appear as if they’re associated with or endorsed by us. They also create imposter social media pages of Social Security and OIG officials, such as the Commissioner or the Inspector General.

Protect your personally identifiable information

We will never ask for sensitive information through social media as these channels are not secure. Sometimes, users are asked to enter their financial information, Social Security number (SSN), or other sensitive information. This is a red flag, and often an indication of a fraudulent account.

How to spot a fake social media account

Identifying an imposter account may seem difficult at first, but there are a few things you can look for right away. You will want to focus on the following:

  • How many people follow the imposter page. In most cases, fake pages have a very low number of followers as compared to Social Security’s official page.
  • Improper punctuation.
  • Links to pages not on
  • Advertisements for forms or other Social Security documents.
  • Incorrect social media handle. To view the list of our official social media channels, we encourage you to visit our Social Media webpage.

Please report suspected Social Security imposter scams — and other Social Security fraud — to the OIG’s website. You can find more information about scams on our webpage, Protect Yourself from Scams.

Please share this information with your friends, family, and colleagues to help spread awareness about Social Security imposter scams.

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