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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 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.

From number 895-670-1724

I received a call today saying my SSN was suspended due to fraudulent activity. The phone number was: 8649119337

A get phone number call 895-488-3317 your Social security was suspended,

I got 2 in the last week. The number that is calling me is 800.511.9257.
I knew it was a scam as soon as it said criminal activity, then "social benefits". However, I am glad there are these boards that we can post and tell the numbers to warn others.
I think of the poor and the elderly who will be tricked from this and lose money and it breaks my heart. I don't understand how people can use their brains to come up with such elaborate schemes, instead they could just tweek it a little to be generous and look what could be accomplished!

Another one I didnt notice before I posted my last comment.
Here is the number:
800.293.2465
800.815.6294

Got the same call but it was a live person! I hung up immediately
THEY ARE VERY LUCKY I DID NOT DO THE HELLO HELLO IM DEAF ROUTINE

Just got a call from 1-800-875-3515 automated robot telling me my social security number has been suspended. I hung up.

I just received a phone call that said, that my Social Security has been suspended due to suspicious activity and for me to call them the number is

1-866-377-2589

Have been receiving calls like this for weeks now. Sometimes 10 min apart. They come from all different area codes and some local. I answered one by mistake and this man that could barely say my me informed me he was "officer Joseph" after which I hung up. Am sick of this.

i have gotten numerous calls about this in the past 2 days. every 15-30 mins same call over and over again. there needs to be something more done. the do not call registry didnt seem to help either.

Someone I know had given away his SSN. Afterward, he was asked to meet someone at a nearby 7-Eleven to pay a reactivation fee.

Just got a call from Texas and it went to voice mail it was an automated recording stating her name was kinda and she was calling from the attorney generals office and that my social security number had been suspended and to call them back to discuss this matter. San Antonio 210-468-7428 call was made to me July 26, 2019

got a call from 202-738-1720 saying my social security number is suspended! The call was from washington D.C.. anyone who received a similar call?

I just received a call (robocall) from 811 293 0127 asking to contact them as my SSN used for criminal activity in Texas.

I have received several phone calls from 877-190-4498 (including voicemail) that my social security number has been suspended due to suspicious activity. Please advise.

Today I got call from 4106185413, saying my SSN is suspended and filing law suite against me. Nowadays I am getting lot of calls like this, I am keep adding them to my call block list. They are calling from different numbers, today he called me from different phone number. This is very scary though, they have most of the information...

I also received a call from scammer saying my social security got suspended this was the number 8778405742 i hanged up the call when they asked to press 1

I received several calls from different phone numbers saying " your social security will be disable, you have to press 1 to transfer your call to the social security administration "

Phone #'s

+18006005775
+18001085540
+18008489373
+18006646053
+18003207101
+18009139244
+18006985658

I was called many times last week by the number 1 800 813-3154 . An audio message informs that your social security is blocked due to suspect activities and if you do not agree you have to type 1 to be attended . An Indian guy attended and asked my name and social security and I said that since they called me to my phone number , they were supposed to have my name and social security and I asked him to identify himself and he got mad and said bad words to me an hang out. They use a system to make you worried and in doubt to extract important information from you . Do not answer them , take care !

I have just received a voice mail saying that my SSN has been suspended due to suspicious activity. The caller number is 877-895-7454. I google it using reverse phone lookup and it shows low rush scam. This should be flagged as high risk scam. How on earth did they get my number in the first place? FTC please shut down these scam artist. I would worry for the elderly since they are more vulnerable to these kind of scams.

an 866 number called me 6 different times today (each a different number) with the same message that my ssn has been suspended or will be due to suspicious activity. i look this up to see if anyone else may have had the same issues and found this chat. the fact that they called me so many times and ended up changing the story a bit made me suspicious and when i googled it i came across a number of people who have had the same call/ issue I knew it was a scam. on the 6th call i finaly answer just to see what kinda things they would ask. After pressing 1 after the automated tone ended, I was redirected to a live rep. They ask if i had gotten any mail on the situation, i say no. they then ask for my name to look up my case. While still trying to be cautious i don't say my full name though mistekenly i say my real first name and they hang up. should i be concerened? if so what steps should i take to prevent possible identity theft?

Just got a robot call (877)165-2984

I just got a phone call from the "ssa" saying that my SSN will be blocked tomorrow and the guy sounded like he was from a different country and when I asked him to let me speak to someone who is in charge he hung up on me and then I called back and asked why my SSN was going to be blocked some lady asked me to verify my SSN and I told her that I worked for the sso in West Virginia she hung up then I received 6 more calls with in 5 mins and the number was from Connecticut. The number was (203)490-0840

Just got same call from 883-495-3022

I got a call yesterday from (877) 909-8557 saying "my SSN has been suspended due to suspicious activity" and to press "1" to learn more about this case. I just remained silent until they hung and then found this page.

I got a call today from (877) 909-6557 saying "my SSN has been suspended due to suspicious activity" and to press "1" to learn more about this case. I just remained silent until they hung and then found this page.

I received a phone call from a 1 - 866 - 984-1584
1-866-715-6570
1-866-758-0724
1-866-562-4965

July 30 2019

( 469 ) - 901 - 0317 has called me 3 times in 3 weeks informing me they are with Social Security and have noticed " suspicious activity " with my SS number. Now when they call, caller ID on my phone DOES NOT show any Social Security ID. what so ever. It's always a recorded message telling me to press 1 to continue ( which I have no intensions of doing so. )

Any advice on how to get this to stop. I block the numbers but they always call from different numbers.

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