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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 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

I just had a robo call from 877-101-0213. It asked me to "press 1 to speak with an agent so your social security benefits won't be canceled". I didn't and I hung up, but it scared me for a little as I am a green card holder, so I googled and found this site. I'm so glad I researched first!

I got a robo call from 469-844-3302 on my Google Phone number. Of course, SSA can find my home phone number from a directory - I am listed - but the Google number is known to very few associates. That's clue[2] that this was a scam call. Clue[1] was just that we know SSA does not call or (AFAIK) use email to contact us.

I just hung up without pressing any digits.

The FTC complaint pages ask me how much I was charged and lots more stuff that can't apply to my response so I gave up trying to enter a complaint via that venue.

I just got a call from a number in Cedar Hill, TX claiming to the the SSA. Calling to inform me that they just suspended my social security number because they found suspicious activity. Seriously? I may have been born at night, but not last night.

I just got a call from a TX number 469-732-1937, robot message.

I got one they had a robotic message I called they said be suspended he wanted snake I wouldn't give it to him I hung up from9037674084 number texas

I received 2 this morning from 1-888-810-0898 & 1-888-810-0890.

I just did.

omg i just got 3 missed call from 888-815-0507, 888-815-0502 and 888-815-0521 all left a voice mail stating my SS# has been suspended im blocking them all

Multiple calls yesterday from the 888 number. Ridiculous!!! I blocked it!

I got the robo call from +1 410-600-1128 (Maryland) saying it has been suspended and if I need to reactivate, call back to this number

I did too that my ssn has been suspended due to suspicious activity. I went to the SSA office showed them the email and my number is not suspended.

I just got 2 calls today one from Texas from the social security admin saying the same thing they told you and another from NY saying if I don’t call back I will be arrested and that they have police standing by.

I got mine today from California. Asking me to call back or get arrested

The number to just called me saying my social security number has been suspended for fraudulent activities was 802- 723-0459

Today is May 30th, 2019. Just got the call saying my SS was suspended....Call back and press 1...It went directly back to the voicemail left... Grrr

I used to get the call twice a week. Then every day. Now it is every 30 min for a good part of the workday. I need my phone to work and this is a huge interruption. I can’t just turn it off. What can I do to stop this? Every time I block the phone number they call me from a different 1-800 number.

Suggestion, do not block the 'spam' (just delete them, if necessary)...if you BLOCK phone numbers, the people at the other end will know it is an active phone number and will continue to the send the unwanted information but if they do not receive ANY response, they will not know if their scam is working. Hope this helps

I just got the same call.

Yep, me too. 800-589-7879 tried to scam me by saying my social security number was suspended and to press 1.

Just received the same call, but from Alexandria NY ‭(315) 215-1969‬

Said my ss# was suspended due to suspicious activity and to press 1 to learn more about the case. Sounded suspicious to me . Glad I found this information.

They have been calling me for a couple of weeks leaving voicemails. They called 4 times today already. Robo calls. I just talked to someone that sounded like he was from India. I told him they are calling the wrong person. I know better than to fall for this. I know this is a scam and I am reporting you to the FBI and he hung up. They called from a bunch of Texas area codes. Every time I block one number they call right back from another. All foreign sounding with heavy accents.

I got three calls in a one hour span this morning. Didn't answer but checked the voicemail. IThe robotic voice said that my ss number was suspended.

just got the call
206 472 7009 - they keep calling me

I just received a call from (646) 583-2319. He gave me a badge #417J2741 and his name. He claimed to be from SSA (a red flag because its Saturday.) He claimed my number was under investigation and even told gave me a case number #7324571213. I tried to get more information but received another call. Instead of waiting, the guy hung up.

844-147-6136
844-255-6128
844-306-9776
SS suspended for suspicious activities. Spelled out his name, gave me his employee number, his work address and a case# for my "investigation" to try and sound all legit. Asked for my local police office phone# so they can speak with them and clear my name because there's an arrest warrant out for me. I gave the sheriff's # but did not say which city sheriff. He got back on the line and gave me the name of the Officer he spoke to and that they'd be calling me to confirm. I see the caller ID with the same number I gave but I didn't answer. Instead I used the landline to call the sheriff's office myself and confirm if there was such an Officer ____ that was in that office. Nope, scam. Thanks!

Tried calling me back a couple more times after.

I have caller ID 800-269-0271, and 800-87704283 with exact same robot call from 2 different number. I just hung up.

My daughter just got that message.

I've gotten 3 calls this week. 7-26-19

I just received the same recorded call from (889)1359020 obvious scam.

I just got a call from same. Problem is social security font have the number on phone where I got the call

today 8/6/2019 from 800-487-5120 multiple calls with message "your ssn# has been suspended......" Press 1 for more info. Also computer generated calls displaying inactive cell numbers with recording "this is Samantha Parks and I'd like to discuss payment options for your Student Loan, there have been many changes in the law that impact your repayment." The numbers display "Unknown", "Private number" or an inactive cell number so you cannot block them. Yesterday alone I received 4 such calls. Looks like I need to change cell numbers yet one more time...

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