NATIONAL SLAM THE SCAM DAY | March 9

National Slam the Scam Day | March 9
(Last Updated On: February 28, 2023)

NATIONAL SLAM THE SCAM DAY

National Slam the Scam Day on March 9th is an initiative to raise public awareness by helping the public to combat Social Security-related scams. Scammers are counting on you being uninformed of their deceptive tactics, the goal of this National Day is to get you informed on scammer tactics so you don’t fall prey to their schemes.

#SlamTheScam

Marlo Anderson, the founder of National Day Calendar, knows a few things about how scammers operate. He has witnessed countless people from the community come into our local shop having just been scammed by phone calls, emails, and threats.

While we can often manage to repair the individual’s computer we cannot recover lost payments scammed from the public. For this very reason, we fully support National Slam the Scam Day.

SLAM THE SCAM DAY

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.

NATIONAL SLAM THE SCAM DAY HISTORY

National Slam the Scam Day began in 2020 designed to raise public awareness to combat Social Security-related scams. In 2021 it expanded to include other government imposter scams as reported losses from consumers climbed to more than $446 million and reported losses for 2022 are nearly $509 million.

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