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Your Social Security number is an important key for an identity thief. Scammers want it, and they think of all sorts of ways to trick you into giving it away.

Here at the Federal Trade Commission, we’re getting reports about calls from scammers claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. They say there’s been a computer problem, and they need to confirm your Social Security number.

Other people have told us that they have come across spoof websites that look like the place where you would apply for a new Social Security card – but these websites are actually a setup to steal your personal information.

If you get a phone call or are directed to a website other than ssa.gov that is claiming to be associated with the Social Security Administration, don’t respond. It’s most likely a scam.

Here’s some tips to deal with these government imposters:

  • Don’t give the caller your information. Never give out or confirm sensitive information – like your bank account, credit card, or Social Security number – unless you know who you’re dealing with. If someone has contacted you, you can’t be sure who they are.
  • Don’t trust a name or number. Con artists use official-sounding names to make you trust them. To make their call seem legitimate, scammers use internet technology to spoof their area code – so although it may seem they are calling from Washington, DC, they could be calling from anywhere in the world.
  • Check with the Social Security Administration. The SSA has a warning about these scams and suggests you contact them directly at 1-800-772-1213 to verify the reason for the contact and the person’s identity prior to providing any information to the caller.

If you come across one of these scams, please report it to the Social Security Administration’s Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271, or 1-866-501-2101(TTY), and then tell the FTC about it.

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The phone number 1-915-243-1450 called today with a robo call that had an India accent to it. It stated that my social security had been stopped & I needed to call the number back to have it re-instated. I don't even GET social security to begin with. When I called them it was a gentleman with an India accent & when I told them to quit trying to "scam" in the states he hung up on me. This number is generated from Texas. Don't give them any information.

I also received 2 calls the same and the number is 443-792-9834. they did not list a name but I do have call back from the ss office to let them know.

I received 2 calls today stating "Your ss# has been compromised. It is being suspended today. Please call 909-764-0034 for a new #" Im sure this is a scam.

Just got the same call as you guys, it was from Texas and my ssn was used in a fraudulent activity and will arrest me if I didn’t contact them soon

Beware of this number
240-666-7098!!!
They will tell you that your social security number has been used in
fraudulent and illegal activities, they tell you to call them back so they can
help you fix the problem.
DO NOT CALL THEM BACK!!!!

I have received a call from 614-826-9791 stating that they are cancelling my SSN and will issue a new one. Is this a SCAM? I have had no issues with my number in the past

Received via email.... Scam????
Dear

We’d like to remind you to review your Social Security Statement online. The Statement has important Social Security information and, if applicable, estimates of your future benefits.

If you are working, we encourage you to check your Statement yearly to make sure your earnings record is correct. The Statement also will help in planning your financial future.

To view your most recent Statement, please visit www. socialsecurity. gov/ reviewyourstatement and sign in to your account.

On June 10, 2017, we added a second method to verify your identity each time you sign in to your account. This is in addition to your username and password. Using two ways to identify you when you log on will help better protect your account from unauthorized use and fraud. Now, when you sign in to your account you will complete two steps:

Step 1: Enter your username and password.
Step 2: Enter the security code we send you by text message or email, depending on your choice (your cell phone provider’s text message and data rates may apply).
With instant access to your Social Security Statement at any time, you will no longer receive one periodically in the mail, saving money and the environment. Thank you for Going Green!

Please do not reply to this email, as we are unable to respond to messages sent to this address.

The URL www.SocialSecurity.gov is the real web address of the Social Security Administration.

I called both numbers given above, in this article, in order to report an automated phone scam that claimed that my social security number has been compromised...
and after going though the time consuming automated instructions and choices that took about 5 minutes for each time I tried. I was told by the real social security automated voice that my wait time to talk to a human being would be 50 - 55 minutes!! I was trying to report this scam but apparently the social security office doesn't really want to know about it. NO ONE is going to sit on hold to report a phone scam. It's lame to expect anyone to do that!

The scam number I was told to call by the scam phone call here in Arizona in order to call "social security' LOL was 916-226-9264.

I think that whoever these creeps are keep using different phone numbers to avoid being caught.

I received an automated message stating that there is a legal enforcement action filed on my SSN for criminal activities. The recording instructed me to call (210)245-5069 before they begin legal proceedings. Flipping idiots!

Have received this same message every couple of months with different phone numbers saying that my social security has been compromised and payments will be suspended if I do not contact them. (Fat Chance) Just getting tired of it. the last number and location shown in caller ID was 651-560-0832 Wasbasha Mn.

Just received a call today from 651-560-0832 from an obvious recording about my SSN being compromised. Please investigate.

You can report the call to the FTC at FTC.gov/Complaint. The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations. The comments you put here on the blog don’t go into the law enforcement database.

Received a fake call from SSI today. Number was 701-409-0235, they left a name of Kimberly Johnson. Wanted us to call them back. Did some research and found out about the scams! They said the asocial security number had been suspended, but not who's mine or my husbands. Didn't trust it!

I keep getting phone calls from tel:915-603-5299 this number telling me my SS# was used fraudulently n they will be taking action against Me!!!!!!! These people are so stupid and when they called u could hear a baby screaming in the back round

Omg so i just now received a phone call from a 903 area code stating my SSN has been used fraudulently and i must contact them immediately before they take further action against me ???

I received an automated call saying my SS card was about to be suspended. The funniest part was when the message said, if I don't comply "We will get you arrested." Broken English is characteristic of all US government messages. The number they called from was: 240-288-9805

Same thing happened with me.

Someone from El Paso Texas called me from 915-208-4654 saying my ssn has been compromised, but when I question them about it they keep hanging up and They are very rude.

213. 431. 5096
That number called me and told me that there's been a fraudulent claim against my social security number of course I didn't call it back but I will report it just received that on August 31st at about 2 in the afternoon of course it was recorded computerized voice

I'm old. Therefore, I'm ripe for scammers.
I'm also vindictive and have plenty of time on my hands.
The last IRS scammer got a call back from my alternate-EGO (a Russian visitor to America) whose Uncle Gregory wanted to know how they got the phone number of the burner phone "Uncle Gregory" had given me upon my arrival in America only two weeks ago. From there, it devolved into the reason for my "visit" - Uncle Gregory's daughter - "Titania" was getting married to nice boy, a pretty boy, with blond hair. He's a banker, which is good for us - THEM, I mean good for them! Uncle Gregory wants to know where exactly the IRS office is calling from because Uncle Gregory wants to send someone over to personally see the records this new phone number was recorded from. ("click").

I got this call and they left a voicemail. I have not call back as I suspected this to be fraudulent. Anybody has gotten a call like this? “Hi calling you from the legal department of social security administration my federal _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ number is SSA 9165 purpose of this call is regarding enforcement action which has been executed by the US treasury against your name ignoring this would be an intentional attempt to avoid initial appearance before the magistrate judge or _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ for a federal criminal offense so before this matter goes to Federal claims court house or you get arrested kindly call us back on our number is 360-938-7431 I repeat 360-938-7431 as soon as possible…”

I received the exact same one. Did not call back.

I just got a voicemail with the same information you got. Did they keep calling? How do they even get your number? Frustrated. I'm still getting calls to get car insurance from someone who claims my car is a 2013 but is not.

Yup I got the same message but I actually answer ed the call. Didn't call them back I figured why would the federal government use a cheesy robotic sounding recording to contact me.

Today, I just received two calls with a San Antonio TX phone number, (210) 880 4791. A woman's voice stating, "Your SS# has suspicious activity and will be closed, Please call ..." So, this is still going on. I passed this information on to the www.FTC.gov/complaint

Caller gave name, David Johnson, BADGE FAL3690 and case number. He asked me to google number to verify: 1-800-772-1213. He said that my social security number had been compromised and they had been working on my case for 9 or 10 days. They needed my full cooperation and I was on a recorded line. He was faxing my information to the sheriff now. I asked the name of the sheriff. He Kept talking and I then asked what country he was calling from. He flipped the script to say they were on their way to arrest me and I would be behind bars for at least 90 hours. I said good. I’ll get free meals He hung up.

I just received the same call today from the same person.

This number 430-222-5676 is showing up on caller ID for calls pretending to be from the Social Security office telling you there is something against your Social Security Number. Do not Answer and do not give them any information. They are total SCAMMERS.

Got 2 calls from Social Security number. Was told there would be criminal charges me and told to call 828-348-9067. Other times was told to call a number in India. Totally ignoring either one.

‭+1 (888) 690-2739‬ Got a call from this number saying there is criminal investigation on my social.

A message was left on my voice mail from : 240-900-2145 beginning of message cut off, then says : Your name.. contact my department division at the above number and enter the last 4 digits of my SS # so they can better assist me with this issue. If I do not contact them, an arrest warrant will be issued in my name... Call is from Maryland, I live on the other side of the country

A voicemail told me my SS# was suspended/compromised.
Asked me to call back to 202-235-1388

I just received a call from, Officer Richard William badge #GS1478 informing me that my social security number is being used in another state and that there was a warrant out for me in that state. He and Michael Gipson, the investigator informed me that they would suspend my social security number. They also said that I should take all my money out of my checking and savings account and take out bonds.
When I asked to call them back to verify some information with my bank they kept telling me they could not tell anyone because they may be involved in the fraud investigation.
This was all super suspicious and have reported them to the Social security Administration Fraud hotline.
If they call, please do not give them any information!!

ROBO Calls from 'SSA' continue. Got 2 in that last week saying my SSN was compromised and the number has been suspended. Threatens arrest if I don't contact them back.
I wish I would get a call from a real person. I'd ask if one of the multiple cops in my office should arrest and hold me for them, hahahaha!!!! Idiots!

I received a call 09/18/18 saying my social security had fraudulent activity & it was getting suspended & to call back asap. 239-232-3173. I haven't even received my first payment yet. I tried to call it but no connection. Then thought about it & I am sure it's a scam.

Someone by the name of Kevin has called me twice and he says he is a federal officer for the Social Security Administration and that my social security has been compromised and will be suspended if I do not call back. He has a heavy accent and called from 7742131789.

Received call from 'Fernando' 774-213-1789 saying that someone had taken my SSN and now it's been blocked, so I need to call him to get this taken care of. Just thought I should pass this along.

Came looking for someone else with this experience. Got 2 calls today.

I got a recording saying that I have a fraud case on me for my ss# they said to call ACK asap so I did the first one time I called the guy on the phone gave me his name and asked me for my name and my Social Security number so he can look up my case and I asked him what is this about he said he doesn't know exactly needs to look up my case I said I'm not giving you anything I said and how about I'll call the police and you can tell them exactly who you are and he just hung up the second time the guy said if I don't cooperate that he would go to the police department get a warrant out for my arrest and I told him that I will contact Social Security and the police station about he said OK the number he called from was (310 ) 870 -8920im going to report this to ssi

Was called twice today by 385-955-0433. They left a voice message both times saying my SS# was compromised and I need to call them back asap. It sounded like a computer voice not human. I never answer or respond to callers, unless known who they are. Logged into the official SSA site and found no problems with my number. They can only trick you if you react and panic. Develop a Scam Allergy and you will be fine.

Call from 4308081960 saying my lost ss card was replaced. Called back. Foreign accented male answer voice said ss office leave a message. I hung up blocked the number. Then I got a second call from that block number. It is very difficult to report phone scams to the ss phone hotline.

I received 3 calls today stating my ss# used in illegal activity and I needed to return the call or they were going to seize my property. Claims to be a paralegal.

I got a call saying that my social security has been compromised. It’s a scam don’t give any information to anyone. Here’s the phone they called from: 425-382-5516

I recieved a call yesterday claiming my Social Security benefits would be canceled until further clearance unless I contact them. The number showing on my caller I.D. was 800-772-1213. The message was for me to press 1 and I would be directed to a Social Security Administrator officer. I checked SSA website and that number was correct. I called back using the number that they called me with and it went directly to SSA. I had a long 55 minute wait and then I believe the call was dropped since I was out driving home. So I called again, another 55 minute wait, and finally spoke with someone. The person said it was a scram and that they have been recieving a lot of calls about that too. The person checked my information after me giving out my name, SS#, birth date and mother's maiden name. She then gave me the number to OIG at 800-269-0271 to contact them to report scram. I was still worried so I put out a 90 day fraud alert to the 3 major credit beureaus. I may just freeze my credit altogether.

i received a call from 'Fernando' 774-213-1789 saying that my SSN has been compromised and would be suspended or blocked unless I called.

210-666-9865 Phone Call Scam today saying there is a legal issue with my Social Security number.

Received a call from 202-381-4727stated fraudulent activity on my SSN and it will be cancelled if I do not contact them immediately. What a disgrace.

Received a spam call from 850-739-1386 with a voicemail regarding SS#.

I rcvd a call today from 929-398-5065

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