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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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Same but automated calle from (802) 154-5645

I’ve been getting these calls non stop since February too!

I did and I talk with a girl who said is from investigations, I told her what was happening and she said mmm ok and hung up. I've been getting calls from this number on a daily basis

I jyst got a call as well but a diffrent number +1 434-205-1863. When they asked me to confirm my number, i said an ol number and they agreed, then i said oh uh my bad i messed up on the number, but since you dont have my number its probably not me your looking for. They asked for my actual number. When i said i dont give out my number, they got rude and said 'I'm not cooperating' and not call back again.... So called back over and over just for kicks, until they stopped answering. They have caller ID, and sounded like they were india, but my phone said the call came from virginia.

They left me a voice message yesterday. So I immediately goggled it and saw it was a scam.

how did you know it was a scam i got a phone call from a (315) 231-6960 number

I just had a robo call from 877-101-0213. It asked me to "press 1 to speak with an agent so your social security benefits won't be canceled". I didn't and I hung up, but it scared me for a little as I am a green card holder, so I googled and found this site. I'm so glad I researched first!

I got a robo call from 469-844-3302 on my Google Phone number. Of course, SSA can find my home phone number from a directory - I am listed - but the Google number is known to very few associates. That's clue[2] that this was a scam call. Clue[1] was just that we know SSA does not call or (AFAIK) use email to contact us.

I just hung up without pressing any digits.

The FTC complaint pages ask me how much I was charged and lots more stuff that can't apply to my response so I gave up trying to enter a complaint via that venue.

I just got a call from a number in Cedar Hill, TX claiming to the the SSA. Calling to inform me that they just suspended my social security number because they found suspicious activity. Seriously? I may have been born at night, but not last night.

I just got a call from a TX number 469-732-1937, robot message.

I got one they had a robotic message I called they said be suspended he wanted snake I wouldn't give it to him I hung up from9037674084 number texas

I received 2 this morning from 1-888-810-0898 & 1-888-810-0890.

I just did.

omg i just got 3 missed call from 888-815-0507, 888-815-0502 and 888-815-0521 all left a voice mail stating my SS# has been suspended im blocking them all

Multiple calls yesterday from the 888 number. Ridiculous!!! I blocked it!

I got the robo call from +1 410-600-1128 (Maryland) saying it has been suspended and if I need to reactivate, call back to this number

I did too that my ssn has been suspended due to suspicious activity. I went to the SSA office showed them the email and my number is not suspended.

I just got 2 calls today one from Texas from the social security admin saying the same thing they told you and another from NY saying if I don’t call back I will be arrested and that they have police standing by.

I got mine today from California. Asking me to call back or get arrested

The number to just called me saying my social security number has been suspended for fraudulent activities was 802- 723-0459

Today is May 30th, 2019. Just got the call saying my SS was suspended....Call back and press 1...It went directly back to the voicemail left... Grrr

I used to get the call twice a week. Then every day. Now it is every 30 min for a good part of the workday. I need my phone to work and this is a huge interruption. I can’t just turn it off. What can I do to stop this? Every time I block the phone number they call me from a different 1-800 number.

I just got the same call.

Yep, me too. 800-589-7879 tried to scam me by saying my social security number was suspended and to press 1.

I have been received these types of calls for 2 months, always have them go to VMAIL. Vmail sounded very robotic. Then BLOCKed them, they called back with different number. SSN does not get suspended!!

Just got robo phone call that my. SSN# was being suspended from 866 4048067

I hung up immediately.

Just got phone call that my. SSN# was being suspended from 866 4041735. Unfortunately I said my name & address, not SSN. What I can do now?

I told the lady my Name too with some hesitation in my voice. Is there anything I should do?

Just got a call from 929-479-3232 (NY) as well saying my number has been suspended due to fraudulent activity in TX. He asked if I have been contacted by the authorities. I said "yes, just this morning". He said, "oh really, what did they say?" I said, "...to be aware of phone scams like yours!" He hung up. The sad part is many folks fall for it, especially elderly. It makes me so angry. I report every such call...every little bit helps I hope.

I've gotten 4 calls in the last 5 hours, from 4 different numbers. All robo-calls, asking me to press 1 to connect. I have blocked the number each time, and within an hour I get another call from another number. So frustrating! I have a kid in Army basic training, and we're told to answer all calls, from all numbers, just in cast it's them calling. So I have to answer.....

To make sure you at least have that and aren't expecting them to give you that 411.

I got that call but the phone number and website they left was the actual ssa numbers and website?
Still a scam?
Thanks

Sometimes scammers make proxy sites that look legit. They replicate the sites they are trying to impersonate. Be sure that the site you are visiting is secured before entering any information. There would be a lock icon to the far right of your browser.

Did they leave the phone number to SSA, or is this the number that appeared on your caller ID? Many times, scammers call from spoof numbers.

When you get a live person on one of these scam calls, say nothing, just blow a whistle loudly into the phone receiver. It’s hilarious!!!

Got 3 of the same calls from:

866-404-2213
866-404-2115
866-404-2036

"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 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."

Beware of this number ‭(800) 564-1213‬. Scamers

great info, thanks, I can't stop many Fake e-mails even if i " Block" them. What a lousy future we have to live in. Thanks again. M5

Thank you. Wish I could post this.

You're free to share the information in this blog post. There are quicklinks at the top of the post so you can add it to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Or, you can copy the text and put it in your own message.

Thank you so much for this information. I would have no idea without your help about such fraud.

When you get these calls, have them tell you what they know, but don't conform or deny anything for them. After you get what you want or just get tired of talking to them, just hang up the phone in the middle of their sentence.

IF you answer your phone ( and if you don’t recognize the number, I wouldn’t), whoever they ask for, even if it’s you, tell them to hold on, I’ll go get them, put the phone down without hanging up, and continue doing whatever you were doing.

After the 'Equifax' hack we just started 'not answering' the phone if the number wasn't already in our 'contacts'. If we accidentally answered the phone, and it was a 'scammer' or such, just added to the contacts as 'scam', that way we wouldn't answer their calls again.

Although it might slow them down a little and it sounds funny, this approach may cause even more scams to come your way. If you verify (in a way) that the person intended does belong to your number you may be added to more spam lists.

if you know it is a scammer then give them a wrong name, wrong social security, wrong information. It 's like a dose of their own medicine.

BUT that phone or Social Security number belongs to someone. I do t want to create problems for someone else either. We have caller ID and can hear who is calling and we just don’t pick up and delete the recording with the number we are supposed to call back.

I lead them on, make them repeat the information they are telling me three or four times because "I can't hear them", then I tell them my social is 123456789 and to top it off I say the numbers really slowly.

This is actually illegal. What if you inadvertently gave out my number causing identity theft of MY information? Then I might be coming after YOU for illegally providing someone else's number. Very poor advice, do not follow it.
Do what I do: any call # that I dont recognize, dont answer it. Period. If its legit, they'll leave a message. Any call I get that I dont recognize and doesnt leave a message gets blocked.

What are the odds that i could make up a fake SS number and guess the right name to go along with it? Slim and None.

I got a call from the actual SSD phone number. I checked it on my cell while it was ringing. Probably a phishing call cloning the real phone number and they said my SSN was suspended. I pressed #1 to speak to someone and the system hung up on me.

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