Senator Collins Records Radio Actuality Warning Mainers of Social Security Scam

Click HERE to download Senator Collins’ radio actuality.

 

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, is cautioning seniors to be on guard against a pernicious scam that seeks to rob them of their hard-earned savings.  Mainers have reported receiving calls that appear to be from the Social Security Administration informing them that their Social Security number has been compromised.  The scammers claim they need additional information from the victim to verify their identity. 

 

The transcript of Senator Collins’ radio actuality is below:

 

“This is Senator Susan Collins.

 

“Con artists impersonating Social Security staff are calling Mainers claiming that their Social Security number has been compromised and used by someone else. In another scam, Mainers are told that their number has been suspended and that there is a warrant for their arrest. These are both scams.

 

“If you receive such a call, hang up. Never give out personal information to an unsolicited caller. You can also report fraud to my Aging Committee’s Fraud Hotline at 1-855-303-9470. That’s 1-855-303-9470.

 

“Be careful. There are a lot of criminals trying to rip you off.”

 

Click HERE to download Senator Collins’ radio actuality.

 

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Senator Collins has helped lead efforts to fight against robocalls.  In July, she chaired a hearing assessing the government’s response to these illegal calls.  She also introduced a bill to crack down on the deceptive caller-ID “spoofing” tactic many robocallers use, and she successfully pushed the FCC to approve a proposal to allow carriers to block illegal robocalls by default.

 

Last year, the Senior $afe Act, a bipartisan bill Senator Collins authored with then-Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), was signed into law.  This new law provides support to regulators, financial institutions, and legal organizations to educate their employees about how to identify, prevent, and report financial exploitation.

 

Earlier this year, Senator Collins unveiled the 2019 Fraud Book, which details the top 10 most common scams reported to her Committee’s Fraud Hotline over the previous year.