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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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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!

Got 2 calls today from a 510-112-7404 and 7419
Interesting how the recording said my SSN was “suspend” (not suspended)
Hung up and blocked..

scam about my social be suspended if i don't take action, here is # the call came from 888-561-5387. glad i found this page.

Thank you for your quote clear and direct answer to this ridiculous question. But it’s true, they do and at least tried with me. Left a message blah blah blah, and I said what I never heard of anything like this. Just block the number and don’t answer or reply. Like someone out of the blue is just gonna call you like that. I was looking also to see if there was a way to report the number itself, but it’s okay. Thank you, you need an answer that makes sense, look no further than the US Government, because that’s who should and will give you the answer that you need. Thank you and have a safe day!

Just got a call from 18006418989 saying my ssn is suspended

5101127822 called me twice this morning. scammers!

I never received one of these fraudulent calls regarding Social Security until I set up MY Social Security online. The very next day I had one on my phone. The breach is with the Social Security website. I don't believe in coincidences. I received another today.

SAME HERE, CindyS. My husband is applying for Medicare but I used my cell #, now we're inundated.

I got the same call today from 315 215 1969. Blocked it..

I have received 4 calls (voice mail, since my phone blocks all calls except from my contacts) from 3 different - almost the same - numbers all within a 2 hour time frame. All allegedly from the Social Security Administration with the same message that my social security number has been suspended due to suspicious activity.
And my co-worker just got one from an 800 number at the same time! They are on a roll!
510-112-7497
510-112-7482
510-112-7476
Watch out!

Just received a call saying my ssn was suspended because of fraud, ha ha ha and the knuckleheads used a computer generated voice with the call originating in Hanoi Vietnam??? A damn communist country that we fought in war!

I’m new to this and I got a call from this number 1 855 820 7481 saying my social security number is suspended. Is that number a scammer?
Please help me.

This phone call @718-521-4451 left message saying my SSN had been suspended! fake.

I just got that call AGAIN today from the number of 443-973-7888. I called the number back and the india accented man was hard to understand but I knew it was a scam. I feel bad for those people who do not recognize that this is scam and get pulled in.

I received the same scam call 2 times today both times I answered as if it was our local Police Department they hung up on me instantly

4 calls yesterday ! started again this morning this time I did press one and with a heavy accent I told him I did not have a Social Security card and that I was an illegal alien they hung up very quickly!

They are still at it.

Received just such a robocall today (21June2019) from 800-205-9320.

I have been receiving these calls on land line and cell for 4 days at least 2x a day how can this be stopped?

Received TWO calls today saying the same thing. 877-331-4699 and 800-489-4546. Didn't answer either call, nor am I calling them back.

The FTC "says..." I get so tired of hearing that over and over again. How about the FTC does! How about putting these criminals behind bars (no fines!) for a few years. That would mean something, simply saying it's a scam won't stop the problem!

What do you need to help stop the "social security # suspended" call. 855-741-2511 called my cell phone today. I do not talk or say anything and it eventually hangs up. How can we help catch these people who scam?

Got a robo call from 1(877)-713-7122

Yes I got two one was 18775275754
Then the other was 18775312700.

Got another call from 1 800 743 0918 recorded message saying that my SSN has been suspended. Getting really tired of all the stupid calls

There was a robotic woman's voice calling through the number +12347598116 repeating that the Inspector General of the SSA had suspended my number for no reason and it was their final warning (no calls previously).

So +12347598116 is a scam robocall number.

Just received this call from 1-816-821-0365
Kansas City Mo

I got the same call twice today. CallApp caller ID says they're spoofing from the actual SSA office. Middle eastern man answers the phone, asks what he can do for me, then says he's suspending my ssn. So I laughed hysterically. He makes an empty threat, and I hang up on him. Strange thing is, he has my actual name.

THANK YOU everyone for posting. Very helpful. My call from male robot voice telling me to press 1 because my SS# had been suspended for suspicious activity was from 1-813-474-9898.

So I just recieved a call from tennessee with a number that goes +16156579058. I received the same type of message but I have never really experienced this , so I actually did click one, a guy spoke and asked for my name.....I dont know why I actually went and said my name, but after I said it, he hung up......I dont know what a name alone could do but should I be worried? Only the name was given out

My dad gave his name also, same situation as you. They can get that info very easy by just your phone number. Don’t think you two have to worry. NEVER give out any information

Just got a call from (866) 887-8997. Told me to press 1 as well. I did and they answered / heard some yelling and I hung up. Glad I found this site.

This was the message left on my VM and the number was from Tennessee. ‭+1 (615) 657-9051‬ “This call is from the Department of Social Security administration and the reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your Social Security number because found some _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ about this case just press one thank you…”

Just received a call from 1-615-657-9059 (Tennessee), I let it goes to my voicemail. The caller left a message similar to many of comment display here.

6156572258 from ashland city

I just got a call about the same today from + +0000000000 number and then I asked them for a number for me to call back and I thought it was a scam but had not read up about it. The guy on the other side with a thick accent said it’s the number that he called from and then pretty much hung up. Hopefully they will leave me alone now!!

Add 1 (615) 657-5258 to the growing list of scammers. Got a robo-message claiming my SS number had been suspended due to fraudulent activity. Have no idea how these jerks get away with this.

The samething happened to me twice two times the fake social scerity leaving a voicemail

346-285-7608 I got called 3 times today from this number to tell me my ssn was suspended. I have been called in the past from a different number which I blocked so now they call from the above number. Very annoying. Something needs to be done about these scam calls.

Was given a legitimate Social Security number to call back. Told me that my number was being stopped because of strange activity. Was asked my name but then they hung up. I called the number they gave which was a legitimate number. 18774053568

Add 877 242 5882 and 877 965 7520 to the Scam numbers.

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