Top five fraud and scam prevention tools

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

With the right anti-fraud information, you can help protect those you love.  Here are the five most important resources about Social Security scams that you should know about:

  • Find out how to spot fake calls and emails and what to do if you get one on our Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams page at
  • Learn about phone scams and how to report them on our Office of the Inspector General’s Scam Awareness pageat
  • Read about protecting your Social Security number from identity theft at
  • Create your personal my Social Security accountat to help you keep track of your records and identify any suspicious activity.
  • Visit our Fraud Prevention and Reporting pageat to understand how we combat fraud.

Please share these resources about scams with your friends and family — and help us spread the word on social media.

Vonda Van Til is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan.  You can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email at