CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The federal Social Security Administration is warning people across the country about a nationwide telephone impersonation scheme.

The administration’s Office of the Inspector General announced on Friday a campaign regarding people falsely posing as Social Security employees.

Public service announcements are airing on television and radio stations nationwide regarding the scam.

According to the agency, employees generally only contact people if they have ongoing businesses with the agency, but will never threaten a person or promise benefit approval in exchange for information.

Fraudulent calls should be reported to the office’s Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 or online at