Two key things to remember:
- The SSA will never call you or email you with threats of losing benefits or suspending your Social Security Number (SSN).
- Never give your SSN out to any unexpected caller or in response to an email.
Here is the succinct article telling you exactly what to look out for: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/04/avoiding-ssa-scams-during-covid-19?utm_source=govdelivery
Tell your family and friends about these hacks. The only way we can beat the bad guys is to share information with each other.
And remember, to protect your identity you need to freeze your credit. Assume that your SSN is already for sale on the dark web. See frozenpii.com for more information. Don't forget to freeze credit for your underage children as well.