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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 received a call that matches this exactly. It was a robo call that went to voicemail saying my SSN is being suspended due to suspicious activity. If I wanted to know more about the case then I needed to press one. The number was 833-579-8604.

Same thing but number was 888-245-6906

Same, from 713-699-7369

I got same type of phone call at 10:54 am ( +1(800) 649-3904) saying your SSN is going to suspend due to some suspicious activities and to take immediate action by press “1” and i was suspicious still I press “1” to know what all this about and I spoke to a lady and I told her ‘ I get a call about my ssn is going to suspend so I want to know and she ask my name and I just pronounced my name because I know it will be hard for her to pick up my name and that happened exactly and ask me to spell my name, so here I ask her is it legit ? At first she was like hmm....hmm and ask her again is it legit? At this point she just hung up on me. It was unpleasant experience.

Yes I just got the same thing "press 1" saying my ss# would be suspended due to criminal activity. #1-877-696-1100. Disgusting people trying to scam hardworking tax paying people!

Got 4 calls saying the same but from a 510 area code

I got the same call from (206) 458-2936.

Add 888-428-6240 to the list of numbers the suspended SSN , press "1" scam is coming from. If my SSN could actually be suspended, that means no taxes from me, right? LOL :D

I just got called from 781-207-9434 about suspended SSN from the crime unit. I called back and the person wanted to know what I called about. When I said it was a call re: suspended SSN, he hung up!

SS Scam saying my SS# suspended. Caller I’d # 800 234-6988

I got 4 calls with the same lines about my SSN being suspended from 866-862-6548
866-260-5472
800-772-1213
and 800-562-2208

SS Scam saying my Ssn# suspended #866-366-9549

Me, too. Number was ‭+1 (866) 129-3438‬. Did not think SSNs could be suspended so checked it out and found this. Am in southern CA and Number used today was:

‭+1 (866) 129-3438‬

Robo call they call everyone in thee area. They don’t know who you are unless you call back and give info

I got the same call from a Missouri number today. I’ve never even been there. I knew it was a scam. Your post reassured that. Thanks!

I live in Missouri and also received a phone call yesterday about this.

How did they obtain your phone number? These scammers simply use computer systems that dial random numbers hoping to reach someone who will fall for their scam.

I got a recorded message saying my social security number had been suspended because of suspicious activity. They called from 1-185-415-6332. I don't believe this is in the US

I got the same message today from this number 1888 901 5264

They dial random numbers until they find someone gullible enough to give them info (sadly, there are plenty who do.) As for THEIR number, it would seem they have one of those programs that suto-rotates through a list of numbers. It doesn't mean they are in Manhattan or even in the US. That's just the number that came up in the cycle for your call. My understanding is that most of these calls have been originating from underground call centers in India.

332 is a legitimate Manhattan area code. It was put into effect in 2017 because 212 and 646 are filling up fast.

They probably got your number by dialing at random.

Ditto

I got a robo call today stating they were suspending my ssn due to fraudulent activity. The number was 1-800 109-3535

hi I got 18669317075

I've gotten several of these calls claiming to be a marshall agent wanting to tell me that they suspended my social security number I had told them that I'm actually a US Deputy myself and I'm sending police to their location boy I wish I could have been there to see the look on their face

Same here, number was 210-269-6918

210-880-4816 was the number that called me! Be careful

Same here! The only thing that worries me is I'm on disability and I didn't know for sure if it was a scam or not telling me that I was about to lose my disability! It's looking more and more like a scam.

I keep getting the same call from a (315) area code. I look up the area code and it seems to be coming the Syracuse region. Despite all my efforts to block their call, the scammers keep using different numbers starting with the 315 area code. Has anyone receive any call from this area code?

As an American Citizen living abroad, the number the scammer used was 1-800-622-6000

I received three calls this morning from numbers beginning with 646 (three different numbers) leaving three voicemails. All three asked me to 'simply press 1 to follow up on fraudulent activity'.

I got a voicemail message calls today from 646-145-8755 & 918-938-3714 saying they were from "Social Security/DES" and my ss# had suspicious fraud activity & they were going to suspend my ss#.

I got one too let it go to voicemail from New York City, New York 646-542-2652 said press 1 to follow up on fraudulent activity came I looked it up came from some mobile cellphone in New York City, NY.

I received a robocall for this today. I pressed 1 to see what they would ask for.
When the answering party asked for my name, I said that first I needed to know what suspended meant. She told me to Google it, then hung up.

I received a robocall for this today. I pressed 1 to see what they would ask for.
When the answering party asked for my name, I said that first I needed to know what suspended meant. She told me to Google it, then hung up.

Me too only it went straight yp voice mail because i have a scan blocker on my phone.

BEWARE! I just listened to TWO voicemails that I received. It was an automated (Robot) msg saying that my SSN had been suspended due to suspicious activity. Press 1 to call them back!!! GET THE HELL OUT OF MY LIFE!

Yeah, I received the same recorded call.
Verbatim, "This call is from the Dept. of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our dept. is to inform you that we just suspend your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity. So if want know about this case, just press 1, thank you."
They left no call back number. Boo-hoo me. Phifft!

I just received the same exact call today from 1214107770.

Add 646-593-8974 to the list. I did not answer, but that was the voice message.

I got the same voicemail too, did you get it from a number that goes by 878-571-5651

I just got the exact same call, it wasn't a unknown number so I was able to find out that 12108053376 was the number they called from. It's a Texas number. I live in Missouri.

I received the same robocall from 858-816-1511 - automated and indicated fraudulent activity and that my SSN was suspended - said to press a number to be connected. I just hung up.

I just got same call

So far 6 calls over a week's period. They will leave messages - that is their robot doesn't get that they've reached my voicemail. These people have unlimited phone numbers at their disposal (all spoofed), so while I diligently block each one, they keep calling from a new number. I've tried calling them back, and all but one number had been disconnected. The one where a voice message answered stated that they were sorry, but their number had been compromised. These scam attempts aren't just annoying, they appear to be hurting innocent businesses, whose numbers have been spoofed. The FTC should do something, but then the bases are probably overseas. Oh well!

Jusr received the same exact call yesterday I called them back and the dude over the phone told me that someone was using my SSN in Texas and was caught with cocaine and that there was a federal warrant for my arrest in Texas and that a SSA officer and and FBI officer will be at my place of residence to issue me another number and to clear up my name also telling me not to yell any family member or friends bcuz I don't know who's using my SSN he even gave me his name Mark Anderson & his badge number SMH I shoulda known but my credit score hasn't changed in the past months it's so low I can't even get a loan from a creditor

I called a number back because a partial message was left! The person answered the phone Hello and I asked who this was. He said he was from SS administration and wanted the last 4 of my social! I told him I was not giving that info out and why was he calling. He said my ss# was being used for criminal activity, like drug trafficking and other criminal activities! I asked him how does ones ss# get used for drug trafficking ? I then asked him why when I called he didn’t answer the phone Social Security Administration! He said my ss# was going to be frozen and there would be 2 persons stopping by to give me a temporary SS#? I said what? Why wouldn’t you just send me to my local office if you want to change my number? He said ma’am you do what you want to do but we’re suspending your number! He was in Texas and said his name was Frank Walters, but when he answered the phone he initially said it was Adam! The phone number is 409-205-1176! Just stupid!

I just got a call today about that and he transferred to me and told me what to do and everything I think I just got scammed! Did he tell you to go to the store and transfer money?? Omg what do I do?

I got a robo call today stating the same thing. The number was 443-616-9450, I have blocked it as well.

Same, I just got one today, I figured it was a scam right away.

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