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By Lou Marzeles

Hello, this is the Department of Stupid Scams


Did you get a call from the Department of Stupid Scams?

Well, that's not what they say when they call. They say they're calling from the Department of Social Security Administration (major spoiler: there's no such entity), and they're intent is to make you very socially insecure. They want you so scared, you'll share your most financially sensitive information with them.

The real Social Security is just called the Social Security Administration (no "department" in front of it), and communication from that office occurs via mail, not through out-of-the-blue telephone calls.

The number the scammers are using most often is (760) 475-5615. It's a robocall, and it says, with a tone of dire aut...

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