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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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281-839-2182
Called at 5:47 EST on 7/16/19
Scam alert! Message saying your social security number is being suspended, legal actions filed against your social security number for fraudulent activites in Texas. Says to call number back
a guy answers the phone, "yo" "what was your call in to regards to", he spoke broken English.

Your social security number can't get suspended.

I have received seven (7) phone calls between 10:30 am to 4:14 pm from a recording telling me my SS # has been suspended. I don't know how to make these calls stop! The phone number is different every time. I have blocked the phone # each and every time. I have kept a list of these phone numbers. If anyone can tell me how to make this stop I would really like to hear from you!

Received call from 646-685-8865 on July 17th 2019 saying ssn suspended.

Just got one. 1-800-665-4736

Just got that call from 800-348-5222, they left a voice mail.

I have received several calls saying my social security card has been suspended. I block a number and another one calls.
844-092-1547
844-852-3518
844-052-7450
844-863-7124
844-780-2400
800-772-1215
844-516-5761

got 20+ calls on 7/16/2019 and 7/17/2019. When i finally picked the call, it was answered by an Hindi speaking Indian. when i found their identity, they started making mockery and scolded me in a language i dont understand.

Had 2 calls today from 1-866-931-7075, with an automated voice saying "This call is from the legal department of Social Security Administration, to inform you that your social security number has been suspended due to suspicious activity running under your social security number. If you want to know more about this case, please press 1 now".

Guess they are making their rounds, I rec'd the same message word for word today only from a different number, 1-800-914-5824.

Just git a call from this number claining my ssn was suspended.

+16464034581

Easy fix: Hang up on them, then block the number.

1 866 136 4571 CALLED --- TOTAL SPAM

Same here, got a call from (800) 772-5865, I pressed 1, and the guy with Indian accent asked for my name, I said you should know my name as you are calling me, he immediately hanged up....

I get 2 calls from 1800 016 1863
1800 448 7861
They said my SS is involved in a fraud in Texas border

ive gotten 14 new calls on this just today, its become quite annoying to say the least.

Caller using number 425 526-3339 and name Linda left voicemail via my landline # saying “this is the final reminder from Inspector General of Social Security Administration and your Social Security number has been suspended. We request you to get back to us to discuss this case. “. This is my first time receiving this type call. Of course didn’t call back. Checked internet for ssn scam.

I called them back. Guy had a heavy subcontinent accent. Lots of talking and typing going around in the background. Sounded like a call center scam farm unless the SSA has a trading floor. The guy I spoke to claimed to be John William(s) with a badge # 189142

I got a call from an automatic machine that left a voicemail and they suspended my ss# due to suspicious activity if I wanted to know more than press one. The number that called me is 800-921-7142

I got a call from 800-126-0673 saying that my SSN was suspended. I was a bit nervous, but hang it up anyway. Screw it!

Mines were from ‭(802) 049-1572‬ and saying my social number is suspended and please press one

Received automated call stating my SSN was suspended, press 1 to be connected to an officer. Pressed 1 and male caller asked for my name, I told him he called me - he should know it. Male caller then hung up. The call came from 802-540-5182.

Just received a phone call from 1-800-142-5848 informing me that my social security number has been compromised and that they are freezing my SSN if I want to know more about this I need to press one (1) on what I need to do

add 800 411 3090 and 800 702 2542 to those numbers, the text to speech they use is pretty bad

I received same call moments ago. The number was 800-974-5248. Fraud Scammers. Go get a job!!!

I got a call for the suspension of my SSN
from this phone number
888 703 2216

Washington here, Pasco area. Got a call from 888-369-1135 with a robot recording saying my SS was suspended.

yes I have call from this number
1 844-130-4748
1 844198-8211
Scam

This scares people like me bad. Creeps. Who ever they are they need to be found and thrown in prison.

Same thing... only this number was 646-480-0988. Said they were from the department of social security administration. Said they suspended my social security number due to suspicious activity and if I had questions to press1. So annoying!

I got the same call and they even left a voicemail. Number was 844.927.8016 and the voice was a male computer generated one.

I just got a robo call with the same message: your social security number has been suspended for suspected fraudulent activity!
Number is: ‭+1 (844) 676-0267‬

I have 4 calls today saying SSN being suspended ????

# 844 861 4414
#844 258 5803
#844 346 5161
# 844 362 8813

I wonder how they got my cell phone

888-583-9888 suspended. I was transferred to "a deputy who would help me. Held for a few minutes then hung up.

Had the call today

Just now from 1-844-760-6988

JUST RECIEVED A CALL TOO
NUMBER 868-057-4673

I just got a voicemail saying my ssn was suspended I'm glad I didn't call back an looked up if it was possible first which I didn't think it was but I just wanted to make sure first

I've received numerous calls over the last week. Today alone I have received FIVE! I can't believe it. All from different numbers, all the same message. Most of the numbers begin with +1-844- for me. I just want them to move on from my number and stop harassing me-- NO, I won't be playing into your idiot scam!

I got a voicemail and the caller said I needed to contact them at 868-414-7034. He said my SSN was being suspended for suspicious activity. Right the suspicious activity was him calling me and leaving me that message. It's for a scam. I will not call him back or take any future calls of this nature. They will stop at nothing. They can call all they want. I don't return calls from numbers unfamiliar to me.

Just received same robo call from 877-729-7508

Got a call from 202-374-6196 saying my social security number was suspended. SCAM. I just let it go to my voicemail.

I get this call about once a month and they never leave a call back number and it’s always and unknown number so I cannot even block them.

I got a phone call stating my social security card is being suspending due to criminal activity and they wanted to clear my warrant. Didn't give them any info and they said they police were arresting me in under 15 minutes.
(502)201-7289 from San Manuel, Arizona

I got a phone call stating my social security card is being suspending due to criminal activity and they wanted to clear my warrant. Didn't give them any info and they said they police were arresting me in under 15 minutes.
(502)201-7289 from San Manuel, Arizona

call from 800 Service...number 1 800 832-6987
Female stated problem with my social security being used at the Texas border. Needed to give them my social security number and they would issue a new one in my name. Needed all my phone numbers also.

Same thing happen

just got a call saying my ssn was suspended forever. The call came from 888-944-8789.

Just had six calls within two hours, all automated and all from different variations of the number so I can’t block. How can I stop this??

Just got a robocall from a number not listed in this thread so I thought I'd add it for future reference. The call came from Greensboro, NC 864-380-5280.

Today, 7/25/19 I have been bombarded by calls from the following numbers which come through with a United States caller ID attached to them. I let them all go to voicemail and they are all recordings stating my social security number has been suspended due to suspected fraudulent activity and to press 1. The calls have come every hour since just before 9 am...it is now just before 1 pm! They have come from (212) 244-1907; (895) 652-8475; (895) 050-2494 and (878) 896-7085. I block them only to get a call from a different number. I'm hoping they'll get tired of me and move on to the next victim tomorrow.

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