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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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Voice mail from 888-534-8766 with same verbage: "SS# suspended because of suspicious activity." Didn't call back. Tried to find a way to report the number. Not much success there.

I just got this scam call too. It appeared to be originating from Boone, NC. The phone number is (828) 865-4504. Don’t let these A&$holes bill some unsuspecting neophyte out of their hard earned money.

Got a call about this from no 800-022-6213.
An automated message prompted me to press "1" to connect to a concerned department to unlock. I had to drop from the call coz
I had other things to take care of, but it would have been interesting to see what the heck happened when if I press "1" and get a crook on the other side.

I got a call from this number 828-865-4512 saying my dad's social security is suspended and should press one, I knew this was a scam and hung up. This is the 4th time those scammers have called today. Is there any way to make these jerks stop calling?

Thank you for this post... I just got the VM on my phone that was scripted exactly as you had it... Deleted!!

Received this type of scam today 6/7/2019 the
number was 1 (800) 065-7210

Got a call from 844-343-8080 saying that my SSN is suspended due to fraudulent activity. I just hanged up.

I got 8 calls today from a bot saying my SSN was suspended due to suspicious activity. Normally I would ignore these calls but I had helped my Mom pay her Medicare bill online an hour before the calls started. I had added my cell number to her account as it was a required field and my mom doesn’t have a cell phone. Is this a coincidence or are the bots tracking who logs in to the SSA and Medicare websites? I called SSA and was told it’s a scam, so whew! The numbers that called me were from Boone, NC :
828-865-5225, and endings of -5220, -5210, -5208, -5203.
I blocked these calls but it looks like they have a lot of extensions!

Block calls from -917-338-1359. Scam call about social security number being suspended due to suspicious activity .

The first time i got this call, i laugh so hard like never before. I picked up right away that what the caller have said was non-sense. Social security is a part of us as individual here in the U.S.A. When we die, our social security number dies with us. As long as we live, so does the number lives. Even those who are incarcerated. They maybe suspended from seeing the outside world but their social security number remains active. I dont think anyone or any organization can suspend anybody's social security ever.

This phone number: 917 752 4144 just left me a voicemail saying my ssn is suspended, i got curious and looked it up. Good thing this information is up inform us of these scams

I just got a call from ‭+1 (800) 118-6213‬ a few minutes ago. I received a voicemail about my social security number being suspended last week and found this thread. This time I answered and pressed “1” as prompted. I was quickly connected to an Indian man who asked how he could help. I said I wanted to be removed from the call list and he simply asked, “Why?” I replied, “This is a scam. You’re attempting to steal money from me and access my private information. I’m reporting this number to the authorities.” I expected him to hang up on me, but INSTEAD he laughed...yes, actually laughed and said, “Everyone will be scammed once in their lifetime.” Are you kidding me right now?!?! I told him it was disgusting what they were doing and it was all over the internet and they were being reported. Then I hung up. These people are the lowest of the low!!!!

I keep getting that call from San Jose, California at least once a week. I never answer the phone so I get their phony message on my machine.

Same. From below numbers:

646-348-7952
800-108-6213

I just got the suspended ssn call from 917-725 - 4141.

Received a voicemail from 1-800-241-8697 regarding this scam

I got a call from 1800 168 6213. Same as others that my ssn was suspended due to fraudulent activity. SPAM Call

I will add another number to the pile 828-865-6105 from North Carolina

Got a call from 1800 109 3435
And then another one from 1800 692 7753
Repeating the exact same message, informing me that my "social security number has been suspended due to suspicious activity"

Just got a call from this number 1800-913-8617 says our Dept is notifying you of your Social Security Number being Suspended. Then they ask you to press 1 to speak to someone. I am sick of these scams is ridiculous cannot report as no name is ever brought up on caller ID just the phony 1800 number. Another bad one is where they say Can you hear me Ok never say yes to this scam they record that and you get charged. Awful!

Received a call from 718 705 4887--left a message that there is suspicious activity and the call was from the Department of Social Security administration to inform me that they suspended my SSN because of suspicious activity. Total Scam. appreciate all these comments.

Who does this type of scam - and WHY? If you push 1 to speak to a person (and I may do it next time just to give them some very nasty cuss words) - who pays the foreigners that answer the call?? Five calls in 2 days, all 828-625-xxxx North Carolina. This is ridiculous that this type of BS can not be prosecuted or prevented from happening. Foreign companies and most American companies - scammers - pay no attention to the "do not call registry"!!!!

Someone just tried this scam on me in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area.

12JUN19 -
Received the SSN scam call from (828) 865-6162, which is a North Carolina area code. I answered, listened to the first sentence and hung up.
The real concern is that all of the information collection by the federal alphabet-soup agencies is focused on ordinary citizens and the control over us derived from the information.
The question is: Why can't our federal agencies pinpoint the source of these scams and raid them? Citizen protection is one of very few services government should provide.

Thank you to the previous posts. A voicemail was left. . A robotic voice said my social security number has been suspended due to criminal activity, etc. . . The phone number on the Called ID: 800-997-0700.

Just got a call from 518-638-4260 say my SS has been suspended due to suspicious activity

I received an automated call stating it was Social Security Admin. And that my ss# was suspended and to press 1 for more info. The call came from +1214107770.

Got a call from 518 647-9351 with a recording saying that my social security number has been suspended due to unusual activity. It then asked me to press 1 to speak with somebody to have it reactivated. Total scam. I did not press 1!

I just received call from what now appears to be a scam—I confirmed my information. He asked if I wanted to fill out a form, I said no. Should I report this or look for any suspicious activity?

Call from NYC NY +1 (717) 705-4787.
Stating SS carb suspended for suspicious activity.

OMG I just got one too! 800-134-7213

Starting here in California, from Oakland....real trying scammer using a series of numbers.
510-112-7128
510-112-7119
510-112-7116
Blocked them all.....

310-359-8994... police officer has suspended my SSN due to fraudulent activity. Call to reactivate. BAHAHAHAHA! Tool Bags...

caller says that he’s from the government and your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended. press 1 . number is from 510-112-7204. then they call back and number is 510-112 7183. then 510 112-7194. went on all day june 14, 2019 last 4 numbers are all ways different.

Just got the same : 510-112-7255. Automated voice, press “1”.

Beware: this scam robocall now coming from .718-395-2439

Got called today from 718-395-4234 New York ?

718 395 4234 Automated voice, press “1”.

..and within a hour of the call from 718-395-2439, the identical call now from 510-112-7269

We got 5 called this morning and two last night saying that the as number was suspended
510-112-7273

I have been getting numerous calls today (JUNE 17,2019) saying that my SSN has been suspended. Posting down the numbers below:
+1 (510) 112-7262
+1 (510) 112-7268
+1 (510) 112-7271
I had to click 1 to find the exact reason for this activity, but I hung up before that. I am aware that it is a scam, but it's really annoying because I am getting these calls continuously. Please do NOT go further or give any personal information.

They are harassing me !
When I block them, a new number calls with the same recording about my social security card being suspended !
Totally harassing me now ! Leaving several messages over and over again !

I have received phone call from these numbers, never answered but got the voice messages
410-965-6882
844-343-8080
877-512-3848
646-112-3444
The robot said that my SSN was suspended, I called directly to the SSA office and told me they don't suspend SSN. Scam!! be careful.!

Received similar phone call as others, from Dept of SSA saying suspicious activity and they are suspending my SS#. The phone number was 1-657-622-4194.

4159601290 This number called and said my social security is on hold and that someone tried to use my number. They said that my number was use for a register car that was found in the border of Mexico and US. That it was a rental car and that it had drugs in it. That by the end of the day I’ll no longer be able to use my number anymore. I completely freaked out and started asking questions to a women that barley spoke English. They had asked personal questions and the only thing that was given was my name. They didn’t ask for my birthday or anything. I just looked up the number and it can still no longer be found.

I received this same call today. I didn’t answer but they left a voicemail stating my number has been suspended. This call came from California. 323-218-7196. This is not the first call I’ve gotten like this. I reported it on the SSA website.

Thank you for info on SS# scam, that is what I thought and never responded or even finished listening.

Yup I just recieved a call as well. Didnt buy it for a minute, but i can see how someone may have.

A recording in a female tone "robotic or electronic"? Claim to be from the social security administration and she is letting me know that my social security number is being suspended by the"law enforcement agencies" Call back before anything "bad" happens.
Most people know these calls are fake, but not everyone. I would hate to see someone scammed and I am writing this to help increase awareness, hopefully.

I received two calls today from 510 1127410 and 510 1127325, which I didn’t attend. They went to my voice mail. They were same pre recorded messages saying that my SSN is suspended because there was an unusual activity. If you wanna know more about this, press 1.
I was like this must be one of those scam calls that people receive. It turns out that it is! Beware!

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