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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 got 3 calls in last 24 hours. 1 yesterday from 1-855-469-8779 and 2 today from 1-800-666-2514. Stating that my social security is being blocked due to suspicious activity and that i need to call to avoid further legal action. They do not identify what agency they are calling, though... like I would call... yeah right!!!

Also be aware of telephone number 877-168-2213.

i just got an audimated call saying my SS# was linked to suscipious activity and my SS# would be blocked the number calling my phone was 1-877-174-2213. i immediately hung up.

I also received a robo call from a 285 area code about my “suspended” SS number. These scams are beyond annoying. I’ve been called by Medicare, Microsoft, Apple Care, IRS & now SS. Just ignore them.

My number today was: 877-016-3213.

I got a call today. Didn't answer. It went to my voicemail. The recording said the call was from the legal department of the SS Administration. I was told my SS number was suspended and that I should press 1 now before the claim filed against me to be arrested goes to Federal Claims Court. The number I go the call from was (530) 459-8999. So glad I came here and found out this is a scam.

Mine was from 800-325-0778

‭(888) 815-0917‬
Got a robocall saying my SSN is being suspended due to suspicious activity. I called back and it was the number to some home security systems company (?)

same here 3 times same message from three different numbers
888-815-0921, 0927 & 0936

Specific Numbers: 888-815-0928! DO NOT GIVE INFORMATION OUT!

I got a call from supposedly the Social Security administration the number that they have is 1-285-598-7858 .

Just got one of these this morning was a robo-call from 888-815-1101.

I got a robocall today from (800)7221213, which is listed as the real SSA phone number according to their website, but I was told that my SSN was suspended, is this a scam?

Got my first “your SS# is suspended” robo-message today from 800-325-0778. Yeah, riiiiiiiight. Instant block, then came online out of curiosity. I’m amazed how many folks are not aware that SS#’s can not be suspended.

As of Monday after Mother’s Day 2019
I have received 7 888-815-xxxx Social Security computer voice calls and one 209-210-xxxx number. All added to a contact list of do not answer! All the same and a pain in the behind!

Just received a call from this number, informing that my SSN is suspended. I was certain that it is a scam. Posting here so that other users know that this number continues its malicious activity.

I got two calls with the robot message

Just received a call about my SS being suspended. Phone number was 800-191-8326. Be safe all.

I received a phone call stating the same from 205-196-8519. Is there any way I can stop receiving these type of scammer calls?

I get too many calls from this scammers. Been bugging me at my personal AND work phone. All of their caller ID says “800 Services” but the last 4 numbers are different.
888-815-1258
888-815-0945
888-815-0942
888-815-1258
888-815-1252
888-815-0912
888-815-0908
888-815-0906
888-820-3376

Annoying!

3 times this week got the robo call saying “You’re ssn has been suspended.” There are 4 adults living at my house. A real govt agency would at least be specific as to who they need to talk to. Next time I’m pressing 1 and using my air horn on them!

Received bot call from (724) 237-5549 (Pennsylvania) indicating the Social Security Administration "suspend" my SSN for suspicious activity.

This is the 2nd time i got a call saying my social is suspended how can i report this or the number its annoying and i know from the begining is a scam

Just received a message that my social # was frozen and to push # 1 to speak to someone about it the number was 888-815-1285

I got s call about my SSN being suspended from this number ‭+1 (205) 091-3623‬. Let it go to VM and it was a recording no live person.

Received the "suspended SS number" from this call today May 16, 2019. Under 65 but I think from helping my parents

I received the same call from this numbers:
18770024213
18771923213

This is a scammer impostor of Social Security
Administration using Telephone numbers with caller I'd ... 888-815-1313... 888-815-1321..888-815-1326

Omg i have receives 3 phone calls n voicemails today from same 1888-815-1325... i keep blocking them n they keep calling from a same type of number with just the last two numbers different . Same thing saying my social is suspended to get more info press 1!!!

I was called twice today from 877-308-5743 saying "This is a call from the SS dept. administration" and that my "SS # has just been suspended due to suspicious activity".

SCAM... don't be fooled.

Getting dozens of calls ‭ from
+1 (888) 815-1519‬ this number about them having detected fraud around my SS# and if I don’t call back it will be suspended. I block number & it still rings through.

If the government, through the FBI and other agencies can track phone numbers and accounts why does it allow these kinds of scams to proliferate? The elderly and others are being contacted millions of times each day by criminals. Why is this so hard to stop?

I just got 2 calls in a row:
1-888-815-1523 &
1-888-815-1542
I didn't answer.

I just received 3 calls indicating my SS was "suspend". Each call was 40 minutes apart with 3 different numbers that were similar to each other. I'm awaiting for another one in 40 minutes if this is the trend.

SAME!
1-800-241-8697

Just received two calls from similar numbers within minutes of each other. 888-815-1554 and 888-815-1544. Same scam voicemail about SS# being compromised.

I received an automated voicemail from phone#202-988-1239 DC Area, saying this is a call from the Department of Social Security Administration the reason you received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspended your Social Security Number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case press 1

First they called with this +1 (646) 892-6545 but I was in school.
Then they left a voicemail with a transcription by this number +1 (716) 413-0442

716-411-2442. Just got a call saying my ssn was suspended.

716-411-2442. Just got a call saying my ssn was suspended.

I got a call that said my ssn was going to be suspended. I had let it go to voicemail. Knew it was a scam . The number was 646-889-9235

Also just got the robo call. Here is another number to block 716-411-2443

got a call from 888-815-1715 this is a scam

Just got this call, coming in on 914-351-0251. Was tempted to engage the scammer in a battle of wits, but figured that wouldn't be fair since he's unarmed.

In case it's helpful to others: I received two of these Social Security scam calls within two hours this morning, from 888-815-1734 and 888-815-1720.

Got Call Today. I hate these scam calls. Got Call from 201 825 9837

This happened a few weeks ago and was scary - they had a lot of info and made it sound pretty legit. I hung up on them. Now they are calling me relentlessly I've gotten four calls this morning (888-815-1739, 888-815-1730, 888-815-1723, etc).

My wife also got a call from these guys. The number is +1(877) - 142 - 4213. Never give any information to people over the phone!

I have received 5 calls today with voice messages left each time. I have blocked each number and they just roll to the next last four digits in succession!! So frustrating and annoying. The number starts: 888-815-17xx .

I meant to say that my husband also has received the same calls and voice messages, as our (cell) numbers are in succession.

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