Your Social Security number isn’t suspended. Ever.

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A caller says that he’s from the government and your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended. He sounds very professional. So you should do exactly what he says to fix things…right?

Wrong.

The FTC has gotten reports about scammers trying to trick people out of their personal information by telling them that they need to “reactivate” their supposedly “suspended” SSNs. The scammers say the SSN was suspended because of some connection to fraud or other criminal activity. They say to call a number to clear it up – where they’ll ask you for personal information.

Thing is, Social Security numbers do not get suspended. This is just a variation of a government imposter scam that’s after your SSN, bank account number, or other personal information. In this variation of the scheme, the caller pretends to be protecting you from a scam while he’s trying to lure you into one.

Here are a few tips to protect yourself:

  • Never give out or confirm personal information over the phone, via email or on a website until you’ve checked out whoever is asking you for it.
  • Do not trust a name, phone number, or email address just because it seems to be connected with the government. Con artists use official-sounding names and may fake caller ID or email address information to make you trust them. Besides, the government normally contacts people by postal mail.
  • Contact government agencies directly, using telephone numbers and website addresses you know to be legitimate.

If someone has tried to steal your personal information by pretending to be from the government, report it to the FTC.

 

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I do not under stand when a government place keeps asking for your complete number for your account and it is on the bank statement already.?

WHAT "government place"? The bank? The Social Security office? Some clown on the phone saying they're from the government? If YOU called the bank and they want your account#, give it to them. But don't give anything out to anyone who calls you first!

even if the so called bank asks you for your account number, don't even give it to them over the phone. Just go into your branch office and ask the manager on why the bank wants your account number. I'm sure he will tell you that you do not give it out to anyone unless you personally know they are the real thing, which means you go to the bank and verify the need to get this information.

I just got a call. I stereotypically said "for someone who works for the US government you do not sound like you are in the US at all..." He then asked where I thought he was located which is totally weird for a govt employee to do. I said "If you work for the Social Security Offices then you should not be playing with me and be willing to tell me where you are located." He said he was in (what sounded like) Sweden! So bizarre. After I asked him multiple times to say the location again because I could not understand him through his accent and eventually asked him to SPEEL IT OUT, he hung up. I googled "who to call to report social security card scam and both phone numbers listed on the SSA site were for benefit thefts and benefit fraud only. No help from the SSA.

18664048955 over social security saying my social security number has been suspended scam who else has got call from this number

I just did

I did too. This sucks!
1 866-404-1811

Just got the same call. Just hung up and chuckled. Nice try scammers.

I have. Got one today. Yesterday I received a call that said my SSN had been identified being used in a fraud case and I should call them back. The person had a foreign accent. The number was an 800 number.

I received two calls/messages today from 888-548-2019

I got a call from the social security office and they said that my social security number is suspended what can I do it is this a scammer

Social security #s cannot be suspended, this is a scam.

I got 914-827-5118 I did not answer but they leave a message saying my social security number is suspended

I’m getting this call once an hour today. From 18664043324. It goes to voicemail and states my ssn is suspended, press 1 for more info regarding your case. All robot voice.

I got the same call and I let it go to voicemail, the originating call came from 254-616-9964 and 217-636-4421 but the voice message phone number was different. I love to curse these ppl out, stress release.

I have gotten this call several times this morning. I missed the first call so I called the number back and it was actually for Orkin Pest control. They told me they have been getting flooded with calls all morning - and that their number had been hacked. When I picked up the 2nd time, it was a recording and then eventually got put thru to a man with an accent. I told him he was full of crap an I was reporting him to the police. Who falls for this stuff?? Seems to happen a lot around tax season.

I just woke up to the same experience I had 7 missed calls and voicemails from the same number claiming my ssn was suspended and to press 1 for more info. I had a feeling this is was fraudulent the numbers 866-404-8928

I am also getting exactly same message from phone number: +1(564) 780 2941 . Number is changing with each call on my cell but always start with +1(564) 780-****

I just got one from that same 866 number. Social security numbers do not get suspended. There is no such thing. Hang up and block the number using the settings on your phone. :)

My hubby just got the same robot call. Press 1 to learn more about this case. SS card suspended due to suspicious activity. Yeah like we’re really just going to call you back and give you our info just like that? Nice try. Block these scamming jerks’ number. Oh! And we also got One claiming to be the IRS.

I got the same call saying this exact thing w a 908 area code from belle mead nj wht dummies if they think I’m goin to give them my info !! lol

just go that same call from that same number.

I did too. They kept calling me many times in one day last week and then gave up. Today they called me agin and left a voicmail. I just don’t answer them.

I been getting the same call as well recently started about a week ago along with the voicemails stating my ssn is suspended and such they been calling everyday atleast 4 or 5 times a day

Yes, I just got the scam call about my SS number being compromised and that it was suspended.

I have twice today from 8664049878

2/26/18 from this number ‭(866) 332-1219‬

I got the call 3 times and when message said press 1 I did and I cussed the heck of of them and they hang up on me.

I got a call like this today also. Mine originated from a Georgia #

I just got a recorded call from Sherwood Forest, MD.... I hung up!! Going to block the number, but it sounds like it can call from a variety of numbers. Will have to warn my daughter.

Another number to look out for: 866-404-5578
Automated message, "Social security is suspended, press 1 to learn more". Yeah right!

Omg! I just received a call 888 454 8971 it was some Indian dude with the same BS "ssc got suspended please give me your full name and ss number"

Got this same call. Same message. Same voicemail. Slightly different digits. Mine was 866-404-2496. It calls every so often now. What a joke.

I received 2 calls same number same person as of Friday March 15 2019 saying my ssn was suspended also from the same number thank you to all who are working and helping in catching this scammer

I was just called from 866-404-1727. Just put in the report. I wish that someday they can go to whatever country they are in and extradite all the employees involved for prosecution.

Hi I didn’t get the call myself because I’m too young to have a phone number but my dad did and it said his social security account got suspended and I don’t know if it’s real or not it sounded like a robot but also a human so I couldn’t tell was it fake

I just got a call from 866-404-8067 telling me the same thing they told you..my SS number is being suspended.....

I got the same call like four times today from four different numbers. I keep blocking the number then they just call from a different number. So I finally decided to answer the call after I already knew it was a scam. So I play along and ask the guy why they keep calling me and he messed up by saying that my social security number had suspicious activity when I didn’t even tell him who I was or why I was calling. These people need to be stopped. When I tried calling back the number out of curiosity it said the number was disconnected and told me a totally different number then what I was calling back . These people call from other countries and piggyback their numbers on to a toll free or local number. Just beware of these scams.

I have been received these types of calls for 2 months, always have them go to VMAIL. Vmail sounded very robotic. Then BLOCKed them, they called back with different number. SSN does not get suspended!!

Just got robo phone call that my. SSN# was being suspended from 866 4048067

I hung up immediately.

Just got phone call that my. SSN# was being suspended from 866 4041735. Unfortunately I said my name & address, not SSN. What I can do now?

To make sure you at least have that and aren't expecting them to give you that 411.

I got that call but the phone number and website they left was the actual ssa numbers and website?
Still a scam?
Thanks

Sometimes scammers make proxy sites that look legit. They replicate the sites they are trying to impersonate. Be sure that the site you are visiting is secured before entering any information. There would be a lock icon to the far right of your browser.

Did they leave the phone number to SSA, or is this the number that appeared on your caller ID? Many times, scammers call from spoof numbers.

When you get a live person on one of these scam calls, say nothing, just blow a whistle loudly into the phone receiver. It’s hilarious!!!

Got 3 of the same calls from:

866-404-2213
866-404-2115
866-404-2036

"Phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your social security number because we found some suspicious activity. So if you want to know about this case, just press one. Thank you. This call is from the Department of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your social security number because we found some suspicious activity. So if you want to know about this case, just press one. Thank you."

great info, thanks, I can't stop many Fake e-mails even if i " Block" them. What a lousy future we have to live in. Thanks again. M5

Thank you. Wish I could post this.

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Thank you so much for this information. I would have no idea without your help about such fraud.

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