A recent flurry of calls that indicate you’ve been “pre-approved for benefits” is another fraud attempt to get your personal information.
If you receive these calls asking to verify your full name and date of birth, immediately hang up the phone.
These scammers are trying to build a data profile on you so they can apply for credit cards or services in your name. Once they fill in all the blanks, they can run up huge amounts of debt in your name.
Never share your personal information over the phone. Anytime you receive an unexpected call, ask the caller to provide a call back number. If they hesitate, it’s likely they are not reputable. Hang up, then call back at a phone number you know to be legitimate.