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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 this kind of calls twice from these numbers: 888-810-7015, 888-81-7019 saying the same thing “your social security number has been suspended due to some suspicious activities “

Just got 4 calls within this morning from 888-810-0715, 888-810-0719, 888-810-0723, 888-810-0727 saying same about social security number suspended.
It’s very annoying.

I received a call like this today from ‭+1 (800) 125-0185‬

Just received message about SSN “suspended”; asked me to call 706-266-4361. I tried to fill out FTC complaint form, but fields are not appropriate to this situation, so it won’t permit me to fill out the form. (I.e., no dollars were spent, no payment made, etc) So please respond if These comments are being reviewed by someone who can investigate....or report.

I just got a call from 2817394991 which is a Texas number saying they are the social security office and that my number was suspended as anyone else got a call from them

We receive many calls like this, from different phone numbers. Continually block them, but becomes moot when they just use another. Why can't our FCC do something about this. Maybe if the personnel at FCC received calls like this they would make our telephone providers stop the hacking or establishment of scam numbers.

I received a robo call that my ss # was suspended due to fraudulent activity. The number was from Collegeville PA 1-484-971-4866. What a stupid scam!!

Had 2 calls today from the same number 202-858-6403 - my carrier brought it up as "scam likely". They stated that my social security number is now suspended. Yeah right buddy, blocked and reported.

Just received a phone call from 1-443-712-8215 but I usually do not answer any phone number I do not recognize. He left a voice message about my SSN has been superseded... it's really annoyed to receive phone call or voice message like this.

Automated voice message from 888-810-0894

they called me 6 using 888-810-0119.

I've received 4 of these types of messages yesterday- 2 numbers show Washington, DC and 1 shows Bronxville, NY-- they all say the same thing that everyone has posted. Here are the numbers:
1-202-614-5871
1-202-450-3005
1-914-360-1457
Such scammers!

New number making this type a call came in as 1-281-732-5402.
Saying SS call and SS # suspended. Want me to press the number 1. I hung up.

I just received a call from that caller saying that my ssn card was suspended I don't believe that scam

Have been on the phone with a phone # in Nogales, Arizona (520) 394-4744, they told me that my SS# has been compromised for drug trafficking & money laundering & if I don't get a security voucher for the money in my checking account they are going to freeze my accounts & suspend my SS#? He told me that an officer will come to my door with a new SS#. Is this a scam, or is any of it true?

Got the same call from 1-800-772-8080. They are getting better with the voice. Haha

I just got a call from someone sounded from India, he said my Social Security number was suspended. I laughed because I have credit monitoring with my Credit Card company, this guy was a fool. I told him if you are from the SS administration you should know all my information so you tell me, and I will verify so he hung up. 800-772-1041 was the number, I hope and pray no one falls for this scam.

I have been getting calls stating that my SSN has been used in fraudulent activities and I need to call right away and that was on my cell phone. Then last week I received a call on my home number stating my SSN was suspended. They are calling from 214-307-2364 . Then I received a call from 917-504-8662, stating I was going to be arrested for tax and realestate fraud.

I got two voice mail saying my social security number has been has been block and I will have to appear in court in front of a judge and jury for criminal charges unless I call the same phone number.

Just got 2 calls from 8660101213 saying my sec has been frozen!

I received a voice today on my cell phone from 800-772-1516 with an official automated voice leaving a message stating: "this call is from the legal department of Social Security Administration and my social security number has been suspended because we found some suspicious activity 'running' under your social security number." It said to "Press 1 to find out more" but it was on a voice mail.

I received two in the last two days- 866-021-1213 and 800-096-1213. Both robocalls.

Yep I got two calls today one from Maryland and I called it back. Got someone with an accent. He asked me if I needed help and to verify my identity. I said. Um no, u called me and if I am correct, the government won't contact you by phone and he hung up. Lol! Gotcha! I got another one this afternoon as well from California and I didn't even answer. Blocked that one right away! No thanks!

I’ve gotten them in calls leaving voicemails and with the miss use of suspend instead of Suspended I knew fake calls and mine have been through a 202-043-8743 or 202-378-5614 or 202-178-2450 just annoying calls

I received 4 calls with in a couple hours today about my social security card being suspended due to suspicious activity
1-888-810-0939,1-888-810-0932,this # twice 1-888-810-0907

I received 4 calls with in a couple hours today about my social security card being suspended due to suspicious activity
1-888-810-0939,1-888-810-0932,this # twice 1-888-810-0907

I got a call like this from 866-045-1213 on 4/24/19.

+13206260840 received a call from this number claiming that my SSN is suspendend

I received a call from a 320-626-0444 . The robocall states that my Social Security card will be deleted.

Foreign scammers play our tele communication system at will. They cannot disable them from fooling caller id, and they can change the fake number instantly.
Does the money they do get go to fund terrorists?

A new 866 # today. It's 866-091-1213. At least put forth the effort to use a real number, you low life idiots. This time I picked up and their robo caller was apparently malfunctioning as all I heard was beeps. I was all ready to keep them on the phone for as long as possible. Very disappointed. I hate thieves!

Just received a phone call from a robot voice from this number saying my ssn was being suspended due to suspicious activity (603) 331-4888‬

I just got a call from 603.331.4949.
Add that to the list. It was obviously a cell phone.

I just got one let it go to voicemail ... it said This is Dept of SS Admin , they just suspenddd my SS number due to suspicious activity.... I called number back and say my area can’t call this number ..
Number was 603-331-4949...

Just got a call from 833-454-7730...a scam on SSN

That is not true I was trying to log in to my account on line said it’s suspended I needed to contact them in person .

Social Security numbers do not get suspended. If you have an online account with Social Security, and there is a problem with the account, your should contact Social Security. Be sure you go to www.SSA.gov.

If there is a problem with your online account at www.SSA.gov, your Social Security number does not get suspended.

Received the voice message today:

“Hello this is Officer Jennifer Garcia from the fraud investigation division your Social Security number is going to be suspended due to fraud activities you have to contact the social security administration immediately at 512-200-2305 I repeat it 512-200-2305 thank you you have a good day…”

Received 4 calls in two days on the SS# scam attempt? Calls came from 1-888-810- various last four numbers. I'm certain my calls and location can be traced, why can't these originating numbers be traced and shut down? Very frustrating to continually get these calls all times of the day.

Received a call today from 888-810-0374. Message was a robot voice.

I just listened to my voicemail and received the same message of suspension due to fraudulent activity. The number itself is suspicious which is why I went searching to begin with. ‭+1 (409) 066-4917‬. Thank you to everyone for sharing it really helps when you can stay informed about these scams.

I got several calls saying my SS was suspended due to suspicious activity, press 1 to speak with someone. The government does not call you they send official government mail. Also you can’t suspend a SS#. This is nonsense! They called from 1-888-810-0376 multiple times. Someone needs to stop these charlatans!

Received three of these calls today, from:
+1 (888) 810-0373
+1 (888) 810-0382
+1 (888) 810-0389

The recording said my SS# was 'suspend' .. bad grammar, scammer >:(

what does it mean that you ssn has been put on hold

Why can't government officials track these scammers and lock them up.. why are they waiting someone to go into the scammer trap instead of stopping the scammers

I just received a call telling me my Social Security card has been suspended!
‭1 (575) 066-468‬, this is the number for the caller! Please beware!

I got 2 automated calls this morning saying they were from the SSA Head Office and that my "SSN has been suspended and was used for illegal activities". Called from the same number both times.
214-810-1466

I just received a phone call from this ‭+1 430575066415‬ and told me that ssn was suspended.

(800) 325-0778 was used to leave me a message about suspended ssn. It was automated and prompted me to press 1 to speak with someone.

just received multiple scam calls today from these numbers:
888-810-0518
888-810-0737
888-810-0743

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