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

I received this same phone call today from 800-559-8538

I just got a call from 1888812516. Last number is missing. I got a recording first saying my SSN was suspended. Then a person came on and confirmed my name and asked me to hold and then hung up!

So annoying. I had a voicemail left by the number 646-358-6685 saying my SSN was suspended and to press 1. I instantly felt suspicious and googled this number and here I am. Never give your info out. Go to the SS office or call them directly to verify if worried. They usually mail you info on official SS letterhead. Stay vigilent friends. Blessed be.

Here is another number they are calling from:
(800) 812-6533

I received a call from 877-775-5362 telling me that my social security number was suspended due to suspicious behavior and that they are from the social office so I just hung up idk your social could be suspended???

I keep getting calls from multiple numbers and they leave voicemails saying the same thing my social security number has been suspended due to fraud and asking me to call them back I never do here are a few numbers it’s like every time I block one number another one calls.
865-721-1292
865-771-8457
865-457-5973
865-515-0374
865-362-9517
865-523-1880
865-878-7919
865-945-8625
865-495-6693
865-380-2297
888-734-7273
888-842-6594
888-493-7117
888-146-1784
865-623-6503

Me too I got a call too from this unknown number and telling me that my SSN has being suspended due to suspicious activity and telling me to dial number 1 and the caller ID said scam caller and the number from where they call was +1(888)862-581 this is so bad this scammers think they can steal ppl information. This is so sad.

Just got a “suspension” voicemail. SSI: Thanks for the heads up. Voicemail is history.

Just received a call from someone claiming to be Security Officer James Johnson ID #183911. Claimed my SS# has been suspended because it is being involved in 12 different crimes in Texas. He told me I had two choices, to hire a criminal attorney for these crimes or... this is when I cut him off and told him I would go directly to my nearest SSOffice to handle this. Of course he continued to persuade me into working with him until I hung up.

The number he called me from was 703-596-5578. Cell phone says this is a TN listing.
Scary thing is-he had my full name and birthdate going into the conversation . After talking to a real SS rep, she assured me that I didn’t need to worry. They look up as much info from the internet to sound legit. Don’t get fooled! I did file a report with SS giving as much info as I could.

voicemail was left to call 830-161-8490 - message says... We just suspended your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you wan to know about the 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 so if you want to know about this case press one.thank you.

I got a phone call with an automated recording saying that my Social Security number “has been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity.” The fraudster then provided a phone number and said I must call it to fix the problem or else my assets will be frozen. Hung up on the caller. Phone # was 806-256-6664 Total scam!

Just got a call from 803-201-0176, left a recorded voice mail saying that due to fraudulent activity, they were suspending my ss number. I wanted to call them back in the worst way, spewing venom at them, but resisted the temptation.

I also got a call today (8/1/19) from (888) 576-8502, the recording saying "my SSN has been suspended due to suspicious activity" and to press "1" to learn more about this case.

I have received eight calls regarding this social security suspension. The phone numbers are as follows 830-355-0799, 830-343-3526, 830-728-1684, 830-0411420, 830-660-0257, 830-385-1905, 830-718-0586. These calls started at 7:11 AM and have continued up to 8:30 AM. Everyone that calls I am blocking on my cell phone but they just keep using a different number. I think I am going to go insane. I don’t know how to stop this. Any suggestions?

I finally downloaded an app to block these calls before they get to me. It will answer with a bot. It’s actually quite funny listening to some of the calls that come through. They think they are talking to a real person.
Of course you can keep blocking them but they just keep adding different numbers.

I received one from 830-810-2665, which is in Texas.

I got this message this week.
phone number is (800)-131-9816

I received at least 5 calls in one day from separate numbers including some weird ones:
+180014770474
+80017225384
18306347661
18301559800
18303488341

Is there any way to report a scammer number so that the operation is liable?

I have gotten 3 voicemails in 2 days saying my SSN will be suspended if I don't contact so and so. If I do not contact so and so I will be guilty of 8 somethings and could be arrested..

All 3 voicemails are from 877-800-7576

Same call. Left VM on cell. Here’s the number in case y’all are tracking...I’m in NorCal and this call was from New Braunfels, Tx.....I kid you not! I guess they needed to get into Schlitterbahn.
‭+1 (830) 629-6645‬

‭add this num to the list (213) 370-4901‬

Add 866-020-1409 Bot pre-recorded same message as others have described on this thread. Never give out your personal info unless you are in a SS building with a government official. Ever!

908-731-5681 from plainfield nj saying he was Officer Jefferies

I have also received the SSA call and looking at the incoming number knew it was either a scam solicitor or criminal activity of some kind. I started a policy a while ago to not answer any call number that wasn’t my son or daughter or immediate family member by name on my phone. I assume any 800 number or between 800 up to 1000 is none of my business. What if all of us baby boomers just turned off our phones for a week or two. Would the cell phone providers get nervous enough to get involved in helping stop this outrage?

I got called by ‭+1 (844) 731-3447‬ and I accidentally hung up on them but I think I might of gave them my name. Will this be an issue if they got my name?

I just got the same phone call and here is the number it came from +1 800-214-1052. It is ridiculous how people try to steal people's information.

Received a call today telling me my ss# was suspended due to someone else using it. Call came from:
830-793-4850

I received two calls from 1-816-239-1539 saying my social would be suspended. Appears to be a scam. Please investigate.

They won’t leave me alone!
Even pressed One to speak with someone just to tell them that this was the stupidest call I’ve ever received it and to take me off the list. I keep getting called...
All (830) Doss Tx one ID had
830-729-2899
830-053-4573
830-692-7436
839-552-4388

Scammers number: 1.800.772.8805. I just received a call. A woman's automated voice. Listen to the grammar (activity "running under" my SS#). Always Google the number, Google keywords from the message. Know that unless you already have a telephone relationship with a person at an agency, you will receive such notices via US mail. Nothing is so urgent that taking time to check the validity will create an emergency. Be safe and know thay you're an important line of defense against these schemes and scams.

Same call from 334-632-1082. Alabama. I'm in Michigan. 8/6/19

Received today from 830-509-7962

mine was from # 822-487-4304 and 822-332-7041

Today received the same "SSN# suspended due to criminal activity". Received from 800-487-5120 which of course is a nonworking number. Also being barraged with student loan repayment options from computer generated calls displayed as "Unknown", "Private number" or a cell phone number no longer in service. Both are leaving messages. When I answer there is no one on the line. I received 4 such calls today alone. Additionally now receiving calls from 251-274-1046. When I answer no one is there.

Why is FTC not doing something about Seniors being targeted with these scams. I'm savvy but many seniors are not and when they hear their SS possibly may be suspended, they freak out and answer these crooks.

August 6 2019, got the same call from the same number. The recorded message asked to press 1 and talk with a social security agent.

Yes, I just received the spam call, as well, from 1-800-697-3634. These robocalls need to stop! And I am on the "no call list".

1-855-631-5240
Phx, AZ
I let it go to voicemail.

I have tried to report fraudulent phone calls on more than one occasion, and I find it unnecessarily difficult to accomplish. You are given too many options that don't apply and you have to jump through too many hoops to file a report! I just want to tell the phone number that the call came from!
Why make reporting so difficult?

Lyn ---- I just received a call from 888-537-2898 stating my SSN has been suspended --they left that message as I did not answer the call --I have blocked the number as well.

I just got a call on August 5, 2019 at 1300, from 830-738-4504. It was a recorded voice that said that my SSN had been Suspended due to some suspicious activity and to press 1. I pressed 1 and immediately hung up and turned off my phone for a few minutes. Hopefully nothing will come of it. Just sayin. I am 62 and live in Ohio.

SS# has been suspended due to suspicious activity. This call is from phone # 878-404-2931

I just got two calls in less than an hour on my cell phone from this number 830-748-9295. I didn't answer but let it go to voicemail as I was on another call..the robot message told me my social security number was suspended due to suspicious activity. I'm a veteran so I'm naturally suspicious of calls like this. I reported it to the FTC and I hope they catch this person or persons. I will be making sure to block this number from calling me.

just received a robo call (recording) from number 833.085.1896
telling me my SS is suspended.

I received 2 calls today 8/8/19 with an automotive message saying my SS number is suspended. I wonder if they realized they called a government office. 956-886-2142 and 956-384-0933. As my momma would say "they are all kinds of special". Be ware.

I was contacted from an agency claiming to be social security administration. They claimed to have suspended my social security number. The contact agency used a 307 number and claimed to be the social security unit out of Wyoming. They also claimed to have found an abandoned car on the Wyoming and Colorado border. Police searched the car finding blood and narcotics being present. I have never dealt with drugs or anything that would relate to blood violence. I have never lived in Wyoming. If they leave a message, it states something in the effect of "A legal agency has ceased your social security number and any activity that relates to it". As I talked with them they claimed several accounts both foreign and domestic have been opened in my name with my information. I think fraud and terrorism starts with these people and continues as they claim to protect you.

Received 3 calls from Texas numbers, claiming my SSN will be or has been suspended. Didn't pick up, automated voice message was left prompting me to press specific buttons. The numbers are:
1-956 781-6695
1-956-337-2708
1-956-471-9263

I got one from 800-325-0778. Guy told me my SS# was going to be suspended due to fraudulant activity I asked him his name, he said "Bruce Daniel" which sounded awfully American for the boiler room foreign person I was speaking with. I then asked him three times for a contact numer while he kept trying to get information from me. Finally, in an exasperated tone he asked me why I needed that and I told him that since what he was doing was federal fraud, I wanted a number. For some odd reason, he hung up on me! Imagine that! LOL!

I received several robot calls from 1-800-269-0271, 1-800-772-1213, and 1-800-074-1072 saying my social security number had been suspended due to fraudulent activity, and that I should "press 1" to be connected to a social security officer to "reinstate" my social security number. This is so annoying as they call several times a day for many days at a time.

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