The Federal Trade Commission has a public service announcement about the Social Security Administration: they will not call you to threaten your benefits or suspend your number. Here’s an article from the FTC ( with a real call they’ve captured from a scammer.

Don’t be a victim! If you are worried about a call you get from “the SSA,” do as the FTC says. Hang up and call the real number, 1-800-772-1213, to speak with a representative from the Social Security Administration.

Stay safe, and I’ll see you on the trail.

Post by Peter Harrison