If you’re planning on visiting CVS, Walmart, or Home Depot today, you might find yourself receiving some valuable anti-scam information from Social Security Administration Commissioner Andrew Saul while you wait to finish your transaction.
That’s because as part of National Consumer Protection Week (February 28-March 6), Social Security Administration Inspector General Gail S. Ennis has designated today the second annual “Slam the Scam Day.”
“Slam the Scam Day” is a national public outreach initiative to inform the public about the growing danger and damage of consumer scams, specifically targeting Social Security scams.
Several major retailers are participating, airing warnings over store audio systems and featuring information on-screen at customer service kiosks.
Additionally, the SSA will be holding a Facebook Live event at 7PM EST discussing Social Security imposter telephone scams, and USA.gov will be hosting a Twitter chat at #SlamtheScamChat starting at 3PM EST.
Last year, the public reported more than 781,000 Social Security scam calls to the SSA. It is estimated the public lost $44.8 million to these types of scams in 2020.
You can join in on the conversation and protection tips directly from the SSA by using any of the links above to participate in today’s Slam the Scam events.