Raúl Torrez | Attorney General

Attorney General Balderas Warns that Scammers are Impersonating the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General in Social Security Administration Scam Calls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 10, 2020
Contact: Matt Baca — (505) 270-7148

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Attorney General Hector Balderas today issued a consumer
advisory warning to New Mexico consumers about a widespread telephone scam
involving the Social Security Administration and the New Mexico Office of the Attorney
General. Consumers are reporting that the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is
appearing on their caller ID, when they are receiving these scam calls. These imposters
may state that there is a problem with your Social Security number or that your social
security number has been suspended. They may ask you to pay a fine or fee with cash,
retail gift cards, prepaid debit cards, or wire transfers.
If you received a call like this, please call 1-844-255-9210 or visit www.nmag.gov to file a
complaint.
In addition, the Office of the Attorney General offers the following advisory to deal with
these scammers:
• DO NOT TRUST CALLER ID. Scam calls may show up on caller ID as the
Social Security Administration or the Attorney General’s Office and look like the
agency’s real number.
• Don’t give the caller your Social Security number or other personal
information. If you have already done so, please visit IdentityTheft.gov/SSA to
find out what steps you can take to protect your credit and your identity.
• Check with the real Social Security Administration. The SSA will not contact
you out of the blue. You may contact them directly at 1-800-772-1213 to find
out if SSA is really trying to reach you and why.
• Talk about it. People recognize the IRS scam, but many are getting caught
off guard by these new imposters. You can help by telling people that the SSA
scam is a new version of the IRS scam.

Raul Torrez

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