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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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Received a call from 877-405-4638 saying my social security has been suspended due to fraud activity. Press 1 to speak to someone. They asked for my name but if it was SSA calling they should know who they were calling. So I asked who did they want to speak to; she couldn't pronounce my husband's name so I told them he wasn't available and hung up the phone. If it's actual the SSA they will call back or send a letter.

I just got message saying social security number had been suspended. It said to press 1 to take care of this matter(I did not press 1)
the number I got called from was 877-895-0043

They’ve called about 5 times in the past hour and a half. I thought it was scammers before I even looked on the website and this just confirms it

‭+1 (956) 857-3259‬ scam #
Your SSN has been suspended...
Robo message left on cell # 9/9/19

I got the automated call says your SSN is Suspended for suspicious activity they asked me to press the 1 to talk to person.
Number - 1800-8058527

this number is a scam as well: 800 057 4922, 8009636852
is telling me that my SSN is suspended due to suspicious trail of information and they are freezing my assets.

be careful

I have just received a phone call from 8002584690 saying if I do not call back my SSN will be blocked

Got a call from 8001517928. Person on the phone had my name, my age, city and state. I let them know I was reporting the call. They hung up.

I got a call from 8001623901, my SSN will be blocked and involve on fraudulent activities.Thanks for all the comments and updates.

I got 4 calls today claiming to be from SSN office, a robo call with the same message as others here claim. One call even left a voice message. Below are the numbers I got the calls from..

800-357-0682
800-046-8679
800-465-9541
800-486-7950

Today I got an automated call from this number, 1 888 288 4686, alerted me that I need press 1 to talk with an agent. They have found illegal activity with my social security activity and 8f I chose not to talk then I can be arrested any time.
It is all scam.

I have had 4 calls in the last 2 hrs. telling me that my dad card is suspended for fraudulent charges to stay on line to talk to a FBI agent. Hang up every time. They keep calling!!!!

I got a call saying my social is been suspended but they gave another name not my name and I said whaaat? Who? And they hunged up I called back and they are not from social security administration was a real estate office that it was closed here is the number (800) 753-6200

I received multiple from texas area codes. 469-215-1397 469-318-6281 469-573-1595 and unknown numbers as well.

Same thing happened to me just now 1-800-435-4029

Got the call from 800-416-8070 just now

I keep getting these suspicious calls but everytime they call it's a different 800 number and they leave messages stating my SSN has been blocked due to suspicious activity, it's aggravation.

I got a call from 800-172-6949 saying my social security card was suspended because the number was use illegally in the state.

I just received a call like that today from a New York number 585-771-0737. Saying my information has been suspended and they have filed a warrant for me.

I got a call 2 times today saying that your social security number has been suspended due to fraudulent activity with your number. It was a robot call and also stated that an arrest warrant has been issued in your name. Never gave a name. This is the number:1-254-829-5310,

Just got SSN scam call today, 800-772-3443. They wouldn't give me any information, and asked for my lawyer's contact information. I called the 800 number back and got a "You won a promotional offer" recording.

wireless caller 254-314-5230 just called me and said my social security has been suspended, press 1 for a police officer.

Received 2nd call from WACO Texas 254-235-4692 same message that my social security is being suspended & an arrest warrant has been issued for my arrest - press 1 to speak with a police officer. First call came from Wireless Caller 254-314-5230. Both calls left on my recorder.

I just received a similar message from +16097104877...New Jersey

I just received a scam call number 512 991 897 7. He said my social security number was jeopardized! I did not return his call!

This is happening to me

8008742289
8003301917
The scam: that my social security number would be "permanently deleted" if I did not take action.

I received call as well , from 253 244 5467 and 219 215 4910.
Someone please report about these guys

I get calls from all over the US everyday day, not even joking, saying my ssn is going to be suspended and today they say it has been suspended. LOL What idiots, the voicemails they leave don’t even make sense half the time. Whenever I get 800 numbers calling me from my cable company or whichever it comes up as scam but when it’s actually a scam it just has a fake number from another state.

Same! My kids, my wife and I are getting these calls 3-4 per day. All 800 numbers. This is so annoying that I'm considering changing phone numbers.
How do I stop this from happening?

469.268.9746. TEXAS

call from 800-869-2841 recorded line stating about the blocking of SSN.

I got called 6 x yesterday. Blocked the number Today got 4 more so far. With different numbers

I got the same robo call recording from 866-129-9130

Got This Crank Call Stating That My Social Security Card Suspended. Did Some Research Social Security Card Does Not Ever Get Suspended. I Had This Experience When I Was Applying To Art Institute Hollywood.....The Page Was Behaving Funny Many Times....I Even Told The Manager About It.

Wonder If It Has Anything To Do With Harrasment Towards Us Me.

It's Easy To Link & Trace.

Just got one of these scam calls, actually 2 of them about a hour apart from the same number.

‭+1 (908) 402-1284‬

I just got a call from robo saying there are charges against my social security number. Press one if you want to fix this problem. I pressed 1 and the guy didnt sound like from here. I asked him what this was about. He said he needed my full name date of birth and full social security number that the us treasury had charges against me. And then he asked me again for the information. I asked him how do I know it's real and how do I know he is really from the social security office. He asked if I have google. I said said no. Then he said if I give him the information he can tell if he has the right person. The number he called me from was 5165860955. After I told him I think he is a scam again he hung up. What kind of psychos are these people? I didnt fall for his bs. If anyone else got calls from this number what did you all do

I'm getting them too....relentlessly over the last two days...561.491.9514 and 800.199.3113

I got one bot giving the ssn suspended press 1 to correct.

1-707-154-9952

I got five calls from these numbers over the last several days. I picked up on the last one, which had a recording saying my social had been suspended and to press 1 to speak to an operator. I pressed 1, gave my first name only, and the person on the other end hung up.
800-357-4159
800-581-3010
800-602-8962
800-396-3500
800-547-8180

I just received call and hung up immediately, did not hit 1 for more information.

The number was 410 849 4188. The caller said my social security number is being cancelled.

"This call is from the Social Security administration. The reason of this calling is to notify you about the information to suspend you Social Security number.... it goes on tho call them back at 888 743 1243

Same old "We've detected fraud and we are suspending your SSN" garbage. The caller ID number was 979-584-2407. No doubt a scammed VOIP or cell number.

got a voicemail from 800-631-0517, stating my SS# was going to be suspended. This is a SCAM.

Just got a call from VLADIMR JEAN Spring Valley NY 845.746.8610 robocall saying the same thing. Really? Not even trying to hide that it’s a scam now? Like why would someone from the “SSA” call me from a personal number? And whoever that person actually is probably has no clue their # is being used

I got a phone call today from 1855-434-5666. It was automated telling me that my social security was being suspended and that I needed to call this number back to speak with a federal agent. Why would they call from this number and tell me to call it back. I googled about it and saw it was a scam. I called back and she wanted my full name so she can look up my case file. I told her I knew it was a scam and she hung up on me.

I am getting calls from different 1-800 numbers for the past few days regarding my SSN being suspended due to blah blah blah. Today I had already received two such calls from different 1-800 numbers. It is becoming an annoyance. Is something being done about it by the law enforcement or other government officials? It cannot be difficult tracking these people, or is it?

I received 6 calls from the social security telling me there is a warrant for my arrest all with in a two hour period and now today I received the call telling me my social security number has been suspended. I hang up on all as I know it is a scam. the numbers were all different area codes. four from area code 443, one from 432 and one from 936. the last one telling me my social security number is suspended was from my own area code of 206.

Female robo-call from Capron, VA. Message left on VM: “...to suspend your social security number on immediate basis. To get more information about this case file give us a call back on our number 1-434-658-2350...”. Blocked them.

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