The Federal Trade Commission is warning the public of a new phone scam. In this call the victim is informed that someone is using their name and Social Security number to send thousands of dollars to Mexico and Colombia. The victims are told a warrant is now out for their arrest. In order to avoid legal action the victim is told they must provide money via Google Play cards. This scam has already resulted in more money being scammed than the calls making the rounds over the last few years where the caller pretends to be from the IRS.
Don't trust your eyes: These scammers have been able to fool caller IDs to show the call is coming directly from the Social Security Administration.
If you receive one of these calls your first course of action should be to hang up. If you are unsure whether the call was legitimate you can then call the Social Security Administration at a phone number you obtain from a trusted source.
Never give out your social security number or any other personally identifiable information to a caller who has called you. If you do give need to give out information be sure you are the one who initiated the call and only to a number known to you to be valid.
You can learn more about this social security scam through this CBS News Report Social Security Phone Scam Costing Victims Millions