“This call is from the department of social security…” No, it’s not, and it is not because you filed bankruptcy.

So this morning I received two phone calls in a row, from a local number, with a recording advising me that:

“This call is from the Department of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspended your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity.”

It’s a scam. I know it’s a scam because it sound ridiculous on the phone, and because I get a couple of calls a week from clients who are suddenly frightened because the timing of the call is suspiciously close to some kind of event in their bankruptcy case. But don’t worry, it’s a scam.

The FTC has this wonderful quote on its website:

The real SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. You can’t believe the numbers on your caller ID. Scammers can easily fake those.

The only suspicious activity I’ve done in the past week is taking a nap between two alligators. And to be honest, I’m not sure they were even real!