Across the country, Americans have lost millions of dollars to a new scam saying your social security number has been compromised.

Chriss Hall told NBC Nightly News she got a call from an automated voice claiming to be from Social Security. Then she was connected to a man with a foreign accent. She was told a drug cartel had stolen her number and she should act fast to protect her money.

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So Hall drove to the bank and withdrew $1,500 and deposited it in a Bitcoin account.

"I should have stopped myself but I was scared to death, I mean he really made everything sound legitimate," Hall said.

If you get called, experts say hang up. The real IRS and Social Security don't call demanding money and threatening arrest.