Phone scam targeting social security beneficiaries

There is warning being put out by the Social Security Administration targeting beneficiaries living right here in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Administration doesn TMt want you to fall for the scam.

It starts with a simple phone call.

"The person on the other end of the phone is identifying themselves as an employee of Social Security" said Linda Young with the Social Security Administration.

So what is the caller saying?

The person on the other end of the line is saying they're due for an increase in benefits, but in order to get more money they need to give the caller their personal information over the phone.

They are asking for their bank information and their Social Security number" said Young. "It's a scam, it's an old scam, it's been recycled."

THe caller will sound convincing even offering up a name and call back number, but the number doesn TMt actually work.

Young says if it sounds to good to be true it usually is, and when it doubt always remember this about the Social Security Administration.

"We do not conduct business in that way we will never ask you for your information we have your information" said Young.

If you do receive a phone call, the Social Security Administration says take down the callers information and call back number and report it to the agency.

If you have any questions you can all the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213