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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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Got this call today from a Chicago number: 312-376-9561
Didn't press 1 and blocked the number.

Just got the robot call asking me to contact SS Admin office right away. Number was 541-855-3614

I went to apply for benefits on website. It said tht could not use my ssi card number for an account. What's that mean?

Im getti g 4or 5 calls a day from this area code saying they were send the police to my house .im sick of these robo 817 area code is anyone else getting calls from 817

I also got a call today 09/22/20 from (321) 278-3516 and (321) 278-3826, the recording saying "my SSN has been suspended due to suspicious activity" and to press "1" to learn more about this case.

Who do I contact about the message I sent with the phone calls that I received

Sept 25th, 2020
BE alert. I received this message by phone today. Is there a way to prevent the public about this scam? The number is from San Antonio, TX +1 (210) 591-8770
Citizens -Do NOT call neither share your personal information!!
Especially right before elections? Thank you.

The number that called me was (3 47) 353 4325. I don't pick up numbers I don't know. This was a message with a recording with no name specified.
My ss "is suspended".

I received a computerized call from (419)273-6529 numerous times and after I blocked it they called back from (908)224-4286.
The caller said: Enforcement action filed on your social security number we have gotten in order to suspend your social and very right moment because we have found many suspicious activities on your social number so before we go ahead and suspend it kindly call us back on our number.

I received alot of calls from the same guy and said my SS was supebented and I gave him the last 4 of my SS. He new my bank and my medicare number . Am so afraid of this. Can they get my check that goes in my account each month. Direct deposit. They know everything. How and what can I do ,? Thanks

This number called twice and this time left a voicemail saying that he was from the ssa and that I needed to call back due to frozen activities running through Georgia. He said they received a suspension notice.
I did not answer, nor call back.
The number is +1 (478) 236-6193 .. I’m from California... don’t answer those calls, folks!

Thanks for your help i had a phone number 727-484-7606 claimed my social security number had been suspended

I lived in California 20 years latter, in 2000. I need to remember my social security number to apply for a Portuguese Nationality. How could I get my social security number now? Thank you very much. I am living in Brazil since them, my country of born.

Thank God for google cause I just got this call from 5167763420

I have gotten them all and just ignore and block them. As mentioned above if you can report it, take the opportunity to do so. Otherwise take in consideration an additional thing, if it is official you would receive some sort of official documentation through the mail. It does not matter where from you will receive it in the mail first. So if on the phone a scammer is thretning all I do is say "Great then you can mail me the legal documents or bill and I will present them to my lawyer and may I have your name for future reference?" Learned this a long time ago and the hard way.

I just got one of those too. And what's crazy is that they were able to call from a number that is on the government's website.

Similar message was received from Phone # 973-449-6903

During weekdays I get 5 to 8 calls a day ( its annoying because I get several calls from drs so i dont know if its the drs or those people)and always 718 area code numbers but never the same phone numbers . The automated voice told me to press one so I did and the lady say " Social security how can I help you? And I answered
" you called me" and she repeats it again " social security " so me being curious ( I already knew it had to be a scam) she asks" what's your name and social security number"? I told her "you should have that seeing as you called me" ! She hung up real quick ! A hour later same thing 718 area code but different number,and this time a guy as soon as I said " I'm reporting " didn't even let me say you,he hung up ! I'm tired of this any suggestions ? As when I try calling back a machine comes out saying number isn't working ,or wrong number,to try and find correct number and try again.

I get the phone all the time and the number I get is 504-495 (various numbers). These are real peoples' cell numbers. My cell number begins like that.
I get the robocall and I answer the call. I get the I am an officer or a supervisor for the social security department. Now they are asking for the last four digits and I tell them no, and I know it is a scam. They hang up

I was just called by (337) 443-4655 claiming they would terminate my social security number. I hung up at that point because I knew it was a scam, the voice was male but automated.

I just got a call like this this morning which is why I decided to do some research. Glad I read this and glad I hung up right away. The caller id was just 0s though. Also blocked them to be safe ig

I get several calls a day from different Utah phone numbers about my SSI card being suspended. Here are the phone numbers I have received calls from this week:
801-943-9998
801-961-0302
801-930-7331
801-939-9053
801-454-6243

Got a call again. I called them out and as soon as I did they cut the call. Beware!!!

I got a call from +12813242314 this number and i blindfolly gave up my social security because I was convinved it was legitimate.

They called me and I called the number back a lady answer and said she didn’t know what was going on that was her home number (sweet lady by the way)

An SSS Scammer texted me on January 7 2021 @ 11:28AM local Texas time: "Suspicious activities on your social number so before we go ahead and suspend it kindly call us back on our number which is 602-661-7268 I repeat 602-661-268 thank you"

An SSS Scammer texted me on January 7 2021 @ 11:28AM local Texas time: "Suspicious activities on your social number so before we go ahead and suspend it kindly call us back on our number which is 602-661-7268 I repeat 602-661-268 thank you"

I just got a call & they left a message. I was going to call the ss office but googled it first. Glad I didnt waste my time.

There should be a phone number that people can call to give them the phone number these scammers are calling from at least this would give them a starting ground to track number and get these dam people. These are trying times and people like this should get locked up or worse.

I just got a call from the number 858 824 5238

Just received a call this morning, being notified of my SS being suspended due to criminal activity, etc. the robot asked for me to push 1 to speak with someone, I just hung up. The call came in from # 517-490-3669

Hi I just received a call saying my social security number was being investigated for fraudulent activity the number is 262-577-1175 I hope this helps those responsible

I received a call on 02/09/2021 from the number 951-265-2086. Then today from
320-237-5022. It was an automated call left on my voicemail. This is rediculus, that we have to worry about people trying to steal our identity and our money.

Just received a call saying the same as above from
704-224-0699 suspend social security and assets press 1 to talk to officer
401-214-8449
657-254-4162
All scammers

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