U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of Slam the Scam Day

Mar 11, 2024

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March 11, 2024                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

The United States Senate passed by Unanimous Consent S.Res.584 designating March 7, 2024, National Slam the Scam Day.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) introduced the bipartisan resolution to raise awareness of government imposter scams. The resolution was cosponsored by U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Mike Brian (R-IN), committee members Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), and former committee member Senator Krysten Sinema (I-AZ).

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Social Security-related scams are the number one government imposter scam in the United States. In 2023, consumers reported losing more than $126.5 million to Social Security-related scams. Consumer awareness is the most effective method of deterring these crimes.

“The U.S. Senate resolution strengthens the message to every American to stay alert and hang up the phone or ignore the suspicious messages from these criminals so we disrupt scams,” said Gail S. Ennis, Inspector General for the Social Security Administration. “Senators Collins, Kelly, and other members of the Senate have provided leadership with the annual resolution which amplifies the urgency for U.S. consumers to Slam the Scam.”

National Slam the Scam Day is led jointly by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the SSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and is held annually as part of the Federal Trade Commission’s National Consumer Protection Week.

On National Slam the Scam Day and throughout the year, SSA OIG partners with other government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector to increase awareness of current scam tactics and tips for spotting scam behavior to prevent scammers from succeeding in their crimes.

Visit SSA and SSA OIG’s joint site (ssa.gov/scam) for resources, tips, and alerts and to report Social Security-related scams. Other government imposter scams may be reported to the Federal Trade Commission https://www.ftc.gov/scams. Use #SlamTheScam to join the conversation on social media.

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