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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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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.

I have been getting these calls frequently from different states. Today the call was from Marathon, Florida

I received 2 calls. I wasn’t at home, and they left a message. they said my ssn was suspended. and in case they didn’t hear from me soon my ssn will be permanently blocked. I was in shocked. I google it if is lawful to suspend a social security number is when I found the scam.
here is the number

1-888-826-7579

They used 1(866)606-8451 number on me

I received a call from 800-771-0651 …

These ‘Your social security number has been suspended’ calls don’t stop an I receive them every couple of days now.

This is a very dangerous scam for older seniors and those with a lesser education, because both groups can be easily duped along with others who are easy prey.

As far as I’m concerned no one from the SSA or Medicare should ever call someone. The IRS will never use the phone as a vehicle to call you, but only used postal mail.

We should always be able to call these government agencies using the numbers provided on their various websites.

They should only contact us by mail, unless you are called back directly by whom you originally spoke with at one of the agencies.

I got the call but this one had a twist. After going through his spiel, he whispered that the call was fraud and to never give anyone my information over the phone. I never gave him any information but I am sure he could hear me typing on my computer. I also did not sound surprised or scared. I thanked him for his honesty and we hung up.

I have received bot calls in the last two days stating that my SSN will be suspended due to fraudulent activity. I have blocked the numbers.... they are:
> 1-800-622-4243
> 1-800-051-1624

Just got a call from this number 885-060-0398. Suspicious activity & going to suspend my SSN. I have blocked the number. Where did get my number?

855-341-2065 —— In TN

I keep receiving calls from 915613. It’s automated message saying that there are larceny charges against my ssn and that I should kindly call them back at that number. I keep blocking everyone that comes through. Thankfully they never reach me because I have an app that answers with a prerecorded bot.

Same message
(677) 840-6861

I received a call from 424-696-8058. Same thing telling me my number has been suspended due to fraudulent activity.
Scam

Today I received 7( so far, day isn’t over yet), 6 of them within a 2 1/2 hour period. Suspended SS# due to suspicious activities, Press onto find out more “. None of them were 800 numbers. Calls said From United States, California, Texas, and Illinois. Surely they were spoof numbers. But I ain’t callin’ back to find out.

I just got the call too from 845-337-5882 -- they left a voice mail. It said my SSN was suspended due to suspicious activity. Said to press "1". I tried calling the number back and it goes straight to voice mail.

I received a call today with pretty much the same as everyone else. I let it go to vm. The number was 708-548-4722

I've seen some calls on my cell from numbers I didn't recognize before and I've always just not answered and that appears to be the end of it for that number. One of them actually left a voicemail today (8/14/19) though. Got the same message that others here have described. I think that whoever is doing it is spoofing their number (that's a thing, right?), because I googled the number that it said left this message and it's the number for some restaurant in Illinois. I don't know how much it'll help anything but the number that supposedly called was 708 548 8025.

Just got a call from 881-293-3897 claiming my SSN number was suspended. Interestingly I just gave my SSN to an agent with the US Marshals Service. Could these scammers have access to calls made to federal agencies as a way to target individuals? Seems strange to me and I hope these comments are read by someone who can do something about these scams.

I got 2 missed calls from 8001741583 and 8007023435 saying that my ssn has been suspended. But I never call them back. But i saved their voice mail.

Same scam call from number 1-800-692-5398

Same message on my voicemail. The number was 8816860730.

I received a voicemail from (868) 532-4795

I received a call from 888-412-4332 with a message alerting me that my SSN has been suspended for suspicious activity. I was told to press 1. I hung up. Sounds like this scam in action.

I got one today from 888-724-8751

Call I got today was from 585 844-4173. I tried calling SS number but was put on hold forever.

Absolutely disgusting, I got a voicemail from 1(888)867-4245 that my social security number has been suspended. It’s an obvious scam because you will never get a call so obvious asking for private information from any legitimate government.
If you get a call from this number please block and report them.

Been getting calls everyday saying my SSN is suspended but today they added I had a warrant for my arrest added. I have to admit it was slightly upsetting. I’ve blocked the calls for weeks but they always find a new number to get through and/or call with out a number available, restricted.
Today’s call was from
(941) 591-2759

Did Anyone Get a Number From 7140039235 ??

On Aug 14 while working I received a phone call that went to voice mail the caller said department of social security administration has suspended my SSN because of suspicious activity and I should call this number and press one. I heard about this scam on the news and realized that this was a scam and blocked the number 855-667-4720. Then Aug 16 I received another call again went to voice mail it said press one for info about your case this number was 855-424-6100. I have both messages transcribed

If you get such a call, notate the phone number from which the call came and any other identifying information that was provided by the caller. Put all the info you gathered down on paper. Then—- call the Social Security Office of Inspector General (OIG). They’re the federal agents/ cops that work those cases. They can be googled or call 800-269-0271... that’s an east coast number. They close that complaint line at 1PM our time

I recieved one the other day saying mine was suspended from this number so what should I do.
888-473-2946

867-5309

This one in Texas 1-800-556-3560 probably faked.

I have received numerous calls from a variety of phone numbers saying my ss number has been suspended. Finally, I answered one of the calls and some dude with a foreign accent said there is a warrant out for me and my ss number is suspended. The first thing he asked me was my name. I gave him a fake name to see what he would say and he replied by saying this isn't (my real name). How the heck did he know my real name? That is when I told him I needed to verify who he was and he hung up on me.

They called me twice today and left identical voicemail that my social security number had been suspended. I would love to hear what FTC is doing about this! If they take no investigative or enforcement actions with this scam then what is the point of of funding this agency at current levels

I just received a call described above. While I assumed it was a hoax, I was grateful to see SSA had included this info for confirmation. Thanks!

Just got another one,at least once a week,this one also said my driver's license and my SS# are being blocked. Was a robo call,I don't have caller id,so I don't know where it came from,it started to leave a # to call back,but I hung up.

I have received 2 phone calls about my SS# being suspended. Here are the numbers.
866-927-0627
844-331-9513

Mine was actually a toll free number: 877-405-7823. They did leave a message about my social being suspended.

I got a call on 21 Aug 2019 saying my SSN has been suspended and that I need to press 1 and speak to a representative if I do not want all of my accounts to be locked since my SSN is suspended. Call came from +18004369973

Got a voicemail regarding "suspicious activity and suspended social security number from Department of Social Security Administration" from this number 718-866-6774

I used to wonder how people could get sucked into a scam so easily, especially advanced fee (a.k.a. 419/"Nigerian Prince") scams. It just seems like something that common sense should be sufficient to avoid. However, more recently, I almost fell for one of these government agency impersonations. They didn't tell me my SSN was "suspended" but they left me a voicemail trying to convince me I had been connected to some sort of nonsense illegal activity. Fortunately, I checked with my dad before I did anything and he pointed out that the government will almost always send a letter to initiate correspondence over anything important like this would be. What a subtle 'tell'! I would've never thought of that!
Thanks for everything you do FTC; while I'm as skeptical as the next citizen about most government functions, trade regulation was, so far as I'm aware, always one of the core principles of the union's purpose, and you serve it well!

This is correct. Communication from government agencies is very formal and strictly regulated. They do not use digital voice machines and leave threatening messages on an answering machine. Continue reporting suspicious activity.

I just received a voicemail robotic that my ssn will be suspended if I dont call them back. The number was 1-800-307-7101

7186184923 called about suspended ID!!!
This is a scam.

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