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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 received one today on my voice message. Saying mine was suspended as of now. I will need to call S.S.Office. I was so scared till I saw it's very comon scamer. Thank you all for posting

Omg, me too just recieved a voicemail today that my ssn is being suspended and i should call them back, i got really nervous but i guess its a scam.

I just received a call and I didn’t pick up, surely enough, they left a voicemail stating that my social security has been suspended due to suspicious activity and if I wanted to know more about the case to press 1. I got so scared for a second and then searched it. I’m sure it’s a scammer without a doubt. The number was (800) 722-1051

For the past couple of days I have been receiving computer voice calls from 1 888 253 5629, saying that my SSN has been used in a fraud case and to call them back. Wouldn’t you think they would use at least our last name in the call if it was legitimate? Stupid conmen.I blocked the call. It is Apr. 10, 2019

I received two calls/messages today from 888-548-2019

I got a call from the social security office and they said that my social security number is suspended what can I do it is this a scammer

Social security #s cannot be suspended, this is a scam.

Same robo call from 980-630-9878.

I got 914-827-5118 I did not answer but they leave a message saying my social security number is suspended

I’m getting this call once an hour today. From 18664043324. It goes to voicemail and states my ssn is suspended, press 1 for more info regarding your case. All robot voice.

I got the same call and I let it go to voicemail, the originating call came from 254-616-9964 and 217-636-4421 but the voice message phone number was different. I love to curse these ppl out, stress release.

I have gotten this call several times this morning. I missed the first call so I called the number back and it was actually for Orkin Pest control. They told me they have been getting flooded with calls all morning - and that their number had been hacked. When I picked up the 2nd time, it was a recording and then eventually got put thru to a man with an accent. I told him he was full of crap an I was reporting him to the police. Who falls for this stuff?? Seems to happen a lot around tax season.

I just woke up to the same experience I had 7 missed calls and voicemails from the same number claiming my ssn was suspended and to press 1 for more info. I had a feeling this is was fraudulent the numbers 866-404-8928

I am also getting exactly same message from phone number: +1(564) 780 2941 . Number is changing with each call on my cell but always start with +1(564) 780-****

I just got one from that same 866 number. Social security numbers do not get suspended. There is no such thing. Hang up and block the number using the settings on your phone. :)

My hubby just got the same robot call. Press 1 to learn more about this case. SS card suspended due to suspicious activity. Yeah like we’re really just going to call you back and give you our info just like that? Nice try. Block these scamming jerks’ number. Oh! And we also got One claiming to be the IRS.

I got the same call saying this exact thing w a 908 area code from belle mead nj wht dummies if they think I’m goin to give them my info !! lol

I keep getting these calls, keep blocking the number and a new number calls, same messages, sometimes women, sometimes men. So frustrating!!!

Called from (210) 561-8249

I received the same call. The message was left on my answering machine. DON'T TALK WITH THESE LOWLIFE SCAMMERS. NO SSN CAN BE SUSPENDED. Report these hoodlums.

just go that same call from that same number.

I did too. They kept calling me many times in one day last week and then gave up. Today they called me agin and left a voicmail. I just don’t answer them.

I been getting the same call as well recently started about a week ago along with the voicemails stating my ssn is suspended and such they been calling everyday atleast 4 or 5 times a day

I got the same call ten minutes ago but from 877-633-1213. All robot voice, saying that my SSN nunber had been supeneded due to fraud activity and that i should press 1 for further info.

It’s a SCAM. They now stopped using real numbers. The call I received today was from a UNKNOWN number. Forget these rats! #ignore. Make sure you are protected by ignoring them. Eventually they will move on to a new scam and we will ignore that too.

I had one today from 8771181213. It's a scam

I got 4 in past days all start with 1(866)-404-**** last four digits varied each time. Last time I pressed 1 to talk to somone like it told me to and i told them to please stop social security numbers never get suspended or canceld due to unusual activity. The lady started with an Indian accent but then talked normal laughing and bragging about how she already had three people's info that week so it works fine... They are horrible people.

Yes, I just got the scam call about my SS number being compromised and that it was suspended.

I have twice today from 8664049878

2/26/18 from this number ‭(866) 332-1219‬

I got the call 3 times and when message said press 1 I did and I cussed the heck of of them and they hang up on me.

I got a call like this today also. Mine originated from a Georgia #

I just got a recorded call from Sherwood Forest, MD.... I hung up!! Going to block the number, but it sounds like it can call from a variety of numbers. Will have to warn my daughter.

Another number to look out for: 866-404-5578
Automated message, "Social security is suspended, press 1 to learn more". Yeah right!

Omg! I just received a call 888 454 8971 it was some Indian dude with the same BS "ssc got suspended please give me your full name and ss number"

Got this same call. Same message. Same voicemail. Slightly different digits. Mine was 866-404-2496. It calls every so often now. What a joke.

I received 2 calls same number same person as of Friday March 15 2019 saying my ssn was suspended also from the same number thank you to all who are working and helping in catching this scammer

I was just called from 866-404-1727. Just put in the report. I wish that someday they can go to whatever country they are in and extradite all the employees involved for prosecution.

April 8, 2019 Automated message, "Social security is suspended, press 1 to learn more". Here's the ph # 51287349637 they use.

Hi I didn’t get the call myself because I’m too young to have a phone number but my dad did and it said his social security account got suspended and I don’t know if it’s real or not it sounded like a robot but also a human so I couldn’t tell was it fake

I just got a call from 866-404-8067 telling me the same thing they told you..my SS number is being suspended.....

I got the same call like four times today from four different numbers. I keep blocking the number then they just call from a different number. So I finally decided to answer the call after I already knew it was a scam. So I play along and ask the guy why they keep calling me and he messed up by saying that my social security number had suspicious activity when I didn’t even tell him who I was or why I was calling. These people need to be stopped. When I tried calling back the number out of curiosity it said the number was disconnected and told me a totally different number then what I was calling back . These people call from other countries and piggyback their numbers on to a toll free or local number. Just beware of these scams.

i got one from 1-877-895-0043 saying my ss# was "suspended" and i had to press 1 to continue in order to find out what i needed to do to prevent getting arrested. I hung up!

I rec'd a call this am from a 916 area code. It was an automated call stating what everyone else seems to be getting. Your social security number has been suspended due to suspicious activity please press one to find out more. I hung up!!!!

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

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