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PBGC Fraud Alerts: Knowledge is Power
PBGC Public Affairs
Thursday December 15, 2016

Many of us have friends or family members who have been targeted by a fraud or a scam, or maybe it has even happened to you personally. These scams are becoming more sophisticated, and being a target can be scary and confusing.

To help you identify and avoid these scams, PBGC posts fraud alerts in cooperation with its Office of Inspector General to spread awareness about current scams and to limit their impact.

The most recent December 9, 2016, fraud alert, Unsolicited Telephone Calls from PBGC Imposters, warns pension recipients and the general public about scams involving people claiming to be PBGC employees who are calling people regarding pensions they may or may not have earned. The scammers were able to "spoof" the caller ID so that the recipient believed the call was coming from PBGC headquarters in Washington DC.

PBGC never makes unsolicited telephone calls asking for personally identifying or financial information. We will never demand money or threaten you. 

Remember, you are in control. If you feel like you have received a suspicious email or phone call, please contact our Inspector General Hotline at 1-800-303-9737 (TTY/TDD 800-877-8339) or visit the PBGC OIG Fraud Alerts page.