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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 just received a call from a robo caller i was hoping to speak to someone so i could talk smack because i know a social security is never suspended its crazy how scammers are all over the place sad thing is that they are very good and alot of people caugh up their information .

Please stop the spam!!! You have the power to regulate this spam. It has picked up over the last year.

281 845 9853 tried to call and say it was going to suspend my ssn due to fraudulent activity

June 17, 2019. Just got the call twice. Computer generated voice to call back to fix the problem. "Not gonna do it." :)

(281) 547-5451

I received a phone call from this number (‭+800 2710860‬) saying my SSN was suspended. I hung up right away because it was very suspicious to me.

I have received 5 calls so far this morning with the same SSN scam, from same #510-112-7901. Never answered, so far two messages and three hang ups. Blocking this number from phone!

I received repeated calls trying to perpetrate this scam from (510) 112-7903.

The phone number they use is 1-424-387-0134 they have tried calling me several times they left a voice mail and I checked before calling back don't pick up comes up as a hidden number

I recently received a call from Pakistan 1(484)821-6785 saying you social going to be suspended moreover I didn’t understand their accent also the used voice record as government. He asked me for the last 4 digit of the social security and I didn’t answered it because was very suspicious. I asked him for his full name where is his location and then he hang the phone and now that number is restricted.

I have just received 8 phone calls within the past 6 hours. They are relentless! I'm glad I found this article, so I can keep ignoring them!

I recieved 2 calls today from 1-800-772-1212 and 1-800-021-9225 that my social security was suspended due to suspicious activity. I pressed 1 to speak with the representative and I asked him if it was a scam and first of all he had an Indian accent and he was mad that i called him a scammer then i hung up. I will not be falling for this trap. I will be calling the social security office and filing a complaint or report. This is outrageous.

I just received a call today:This case just press one thank you this call is from the Department of Social Security administration the reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you…” this was the number :855-939-3245 I just ignored it...

i got a call today saying my ss#was going to be discontinued** suspended.. that its showed suspicious activity??? and a warrent would be issued to me unless i fixed it?!?! i wouldnt give any information and he hung up?? the # was (727)852-1649 .

got a called today. automated system from 310-620-7813 stating that my social security number has been suspended due to illegal activity/

+1 646-358-4485 called saying my ssn was blocked due to fraudulant activity.

Just got this voicemail: (this is what the vm transcription caught)
“That we just suspend your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you this call is from the Department of social security administration the reason you have received his phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you…”
the number was (646)358-6685

Just got 2 calls an hour apart from (510) 112-7901. Automated message that my SSN is suspended, "press 1 for more information."

I have been getting spam called all day, it's July 4th and I know for a fact that government agencies are closed today. The same number has been calling me every 5 to 15 minutes. It's (501) 112 7901, I would really like to not receive any more calls from this scammer.

Two times in the past hour:
866-762-1433
866-363-7042

1 (510) 112-7903
Claim that your social security number has been “cancelled” because of “suspicious activity” and instructed to dial “1” do get more information. Multiple calls / day
Obviously do NOT follow instructions

Recent call from - 646-593-8974
Sounds like an electronic voice asking for my SSN because of a suspension of the number and Press 1 - thank you...

Today alone, I have receive 10 calls. I have blocked each number and yet the calls keep coming. This is very irritating. Is there more that can be done to stop these scammers???!!!

Got a scam call today. So adding new number that called today to this scam indicating a false claim of SSN being suspended. The number was 646-593-8997 apparently a New York #. Blocked immediately.

got a robo call from (717) 518-2004 saying social security number got suspended or suspected suspicious activity, to press 1. I get A LOT of these calls coming from different numbers. my coworkers gets a lot of these calls too, from robo callers, and from international people, indian people, etc. I block the call but they always call back with a different number. SIGH. MAKE IT STOP AHHHH!!!

I loved when I asked the girl where she was calling from and she couldn't pronounce the state of Maryland correctly. So that raised a red flag for me. I just hung up and blocked the number. I received about 6 calls within 2 hours while I was working. One of the calls said it was coming from Congo.

Has anyone got the calls to stop? I've received over 10 calls in the last few hours - robocaller stating that my SSN has been suspended. I've tried to block them, but they keep calling from other numbers:
866-306-3995
866-558-3671
866-144-4950

Two calls yesterday [+1(866)931-7075]. I let them go to VM. Same message. I just thought- Good, suspend my SSN so I don’t have to pay taxes - Hahaha. No need to stress about how they get your number. Just hang up or let go to VM. I reported this one because I don’t want others to get scammed.

I have received three calls today.
8008263700
8669314494
8008753306

All robot calls. What's going on?

I received a blocked call that I sent to voice mail and a message that says, your social security number has been blocked for suspicious activity, with no name or call back number and also no mention of which government entity is calling to report my blocked social security number.

Well - I may have won the robocaller lottery! Just today, I have received 13 robocalls from area code 765 with varying numbers. All the same call about my SSN being suspended... yada yada yada. Call center in India and said they were from Maryland, California. I have filed a complaint with the FTC and now just dealing with blocking each 765 area code that comes in about every 30 minutes. UGH. SO ANGRY.

Call this number (844)502-0906 two time left message my ss number be suspend ect

I got the same call' but the recording was so garbled, I couldn't understand half of the call. Maybe they have been using it so much, they wore out the message?

I got the same call regarding my social security number being suspended from 410-267-4012.

Got a robocall today that left a message telling me suspended but it didn't even come up as a completed number
1-725319007 was the number that came up

I just got a phone call that my social security is suspended and talk to Social Security officer. Seemed very weird and then i searched google and found this page. It look like it was definitively a scam

JULY 10 2019: SS SCAM NUMBER I GOT: 1-646-462-4527 SHOWS FROM NEW YORK, NY IT THEN CLAIMS TO BE FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY DEPARTMENT AND MANS RECORDED VOICE SO DUE TO SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY WE ARE SUSPENDING YOUR SS CARD AND PRESS ONE TO DISCUSS WITH AN AGENT. I RECEIVED THIS ON A CELL PHONE. PLEASE CHECK THIS OUT FTC THEY ARE USING A 646 NUMBER LISTED ABOVE TO ALSO TRY TO GET INFO THIS HAPPENED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

I to got a robo call today stating they were suspending my ssn due to fraudulent activity. The number was 646 462 4527

Received same fraud call today by 800-535-7357

Mine was from ‭+1 (646) 583-1820‬

I just received two similar automated phone calls from an 854 area code. My first call came up on my ID as a Charleston SC call 961-243, I blocked it, The second, (854)279-470 just said United
States.

I got the same call from 2 different numbers:

866-439-2792
866-521-6717

Just received the same voicemail that my sis number is suspended and if I want more information press 1. The number is weird 1888080089.

I got a call today my social was suspended from the number
(800)-049-9201
Has anyone else received a scam call from this number?
Another number that also called me was
(800)-095-9211.

this is a scam going around the country..
the govt does not call people

I got 23 calls today 7/11/19 starting at 2pm about 10mins apart.
I listened to the 1st one & pressed 1 after their recording ended as advised. A woman answer with a bs msg. I told her I was reporting this ph # to the police & hung up. I received 22 more calls, mostly 800 & 966 #'s. They stopped around 4:30pm.

The last one I got at 4:30 I answered & spoke with a man this time.... & I could hear many people talking on the backround to other callers. It sounded like Tagalo speech in the backround which would be coming from the Phillipines. I know some Tagalo... from dating a woman from the Phillipines.

These ph #'s need to be reported to the police.. (which I did) & notify SSI direct.
Tommy

Just got a call this morning from +8551329592 saying that my SSN has been suspend and call redirected to the person who claimed the same.

I have just received two phone calls on my cell phone from the "social security office". They said they were calling because my social security number has been suspended for fraudulent activity. My cell phone is not under my name. I just let it go to my voicemail.

(646) 257 2069

My call was from 281-716-8711. Recorded voice claiming to be from "a Social Security office" stating that my number was being used on (unintelligible) sites.

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