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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 call from‭+1 (270) 775-0113‬ Beaver dam KY landline, on 1/11/19. Robocall left incomplete message that I needed to call back or chance being arrested and facing local magistrate.

I just got a call I was scared they said I would get arrested but it sounded like a recorded message

Received phone call from 1-800-772-1213. Saying they were from the social security office. They stated my s number! They knew it and were informing me that they would be freezing my number due to fraudulent usage. My concern is that they already had my s number. I’m wondering is this a scam?

I received two voicemails from a computer generated voice in one day from 302-570-0839 that said my SS# is being suspended and to call back before they suspend. First part says the number is "being suspended" but I need to call back "before" they "can" suspend the number. Uh, really? Called them back and a human voice answered as Social Security Administration... funny, we are in the middle of a government shut down. I can't even report this fraudster on this site right now, but he claims to be the SSA. Please note the number I have listed of the scammer.

Please note this number 302-570-0839. This is a fraudster claiming to be the SSA, yep, working in the middle of the government shut down. They left two computer generated voicemails saying my SS# is suspended, as in they already done it, but I need to call them "before" they suspend it. Called back and an actual person answered as the Social Security Administration. Please note the number of the scammer I listed above.

Received the call today. Similar message, suspended SS number due to illegal activity, call right away before legal action is taken. Left 2 call back numbers: 'toll free' 800-772-6270 or use the 'land line' 347-497-6084.

I have gotten over 20 calls from these clowns saying my SS # has been suspended. How can we get this to stop?

I got a call from +1-800-722-1327 and the recording stated that my SSN has been suspended and I should speak to a SS Administrator by pressing 1. I did so and then did not hear anything but voice of little kids.

This person called me with a name and badge number. Sounded super legit. He asked me to verify my birthday, began to ask for my ssn and then quickly said no never mind I have that.
Then started getting rude and I told him he was rude. Everything in me said to hang up so I finally did.

Received two calls in last 3 days; finally answered just so my voice mail doesn't fill up. Out of curiosity listened. Call back number was 800-772-1503. What a scam. I too think the FTC should go after these robocalls more aggressively. I am sure there is some grandparent out there who will call back and get robbed. I'd think the FTC could pay for the cost through fines and court ordered collections.

I just got a call, an hour ago, from 800 772 1501 that went through voice mail saying that my SS number was suspended because of suspicious activity and I needed to press 1. Then five minutes ago, I got another call and voicemail from 800 772 1503 with the same message!!
It’s really frustrating that there’s no way of stopping these guys...

Got 2 recorded calls today. One from (210) 596-9919 in San Antonio, TX and another from (978) 233-8053 in South Hamilton, MA. Both left the same exact message about my SSN being suspended. The first was a female named Stacy Goodman, the second from a male named Samuel Henry. I never answer a phone call from a number I don't know, but since there was a message, I listened. Knew it was a scam and confirmed it when I found the info on the FTC blog. These scammers need to be stopped. Can't reported to the FTC though because the government is closed.

They are relentless! I’ve blocked 7 different numbers used for the same issue in the last two days. Will check it out locally but strongly believe this is a scam. The one time I did press 1, I was told I was the only one on the conference call. At that PONT I hung up. Never gave out any information.

Just got this call on my cellphone. Concerned with where they are digging this information up. Spoofed the phone number that, when googled, says it is an SSA office in Texas. The call left a robo-voicemail with bad English in it, so I assumed it was a scam. Please be aware this continues to be an issue.

I received 3 calls from yesterday , I did not pick up any of them , so it went to voice mail. All of them mentioned as "my social security no is been suspended, please call this number with case 1".

I received a call earlier today from Floresvile, TX at phone number 830-542-9113 stating my social security number has been suspended and that I needed to contact their emergency hotline immediately. I had never heard of a ss# being suspended so I of course Googled it and came to this site. Scammers are everywhere. Stay vigilante and always be skeptical when someone is calling asking for personal info. If something doesn’t sound right or you’ve never heard it before then you’re probably right. Listen to your gut, little voice, whatever you need to not become a victim!

i got a call from 18007772519 say my social security number was suspended who do i call for help

Received this type of robocall from 443-687-7224 from Baltimore MD. Tried to report to the Social Security 800# but trying to get through the menu is fruitless, two different 800 numbers refer you to each other. I called back the number just to see what it was about and I couldn't understand the person that answered. However, lots of background noise and activity. Sad that there's huge networks out there preying on people. Even sadder that they continue to get away with it.

Today, I got calls regarding my social security has been suspended from below two numbers:
. 8017721213
. 8777721213

*Update from my earlier post*
I received yet another call from the same number except it showed up as +44 368 772 24 United Kingdom (earlier call was 443-687-7224 from Baltimore Maryland. So I called the number back, 'rep' said he was with the Social Security Administration. I played dumb asking why my SSN was suspended. He said he would get to the bottom of it but needed my information. When I informed him that I know for a fact that the the SS Admin does not suspend SSN's he hung up. Hopefully that secured my spot of their do not call list...
Disgusting individuals & 'companies' that are preying on people's fears.

received a call from 800-772-8956 saying my SSN was suspended due to "suspicious activity"

Feds don’t ever ever call you, they write first as it holds weight in courts if needed, calls do not really.

Four calls in three days.
1800-772-9617,5464,7176,9120.
I blocked the first two. I can't keep blocking numbers. How can I stop this?

Today's phone call was from 800-772-9139, twice
Why can't we, with all our our technology, figure out a way to hunt these people down and put them where they belong, in prison?

Why can't we, with all our technology keep these people from phishing or hacking the phone system? Maybe before they started the type of system they had, they should have done more to keep this from happening.

I keep getting phone calls and consequently voicemails for the past week from the SSN office claiming that my SSN has been “suspend” due to criminal activity. I didn’t answer,so even just a half an hour ago they left voicemails from these numbers: ‭+1 (800) 772-9148‬, ‭+1 (800) 772-3219‬.
It’s very disturbing. I wish there would be an interested official authority whom to report these calls and who would investigate these criminals.

7 calls in last 3 days from these 3 numbers 800-772-8956, 800-772-9139, and 800-772-3164. All leaving a message that my social security number has been suspended. My cell phone shows them as being Alert: Spam Risk I blocked these numbers will see what the next number they call from the next time.

Recently, I have gotten several calls, all from 800 numbers, trying this scam. I block all the numbers, but they just switch. Isn’t there a way for phone company to stop these people from getting more numbers?

Canadians I am from the north. I don't have SSN. That says it all. Joke of the day LOL

I got 2 of these calls today, but my phone was on silent so they went to voicemail. Both were recordings saying my SS # was suspended due to suspicious activity, and I should push 1 to learn more about it. (Insert eye roll here!) These are the phone numbers, and I blocked them both:
800-772-6362
800-772-6326

I got several of these Social Security (SS) scam calls just recently, last one today. Knowing that SS would never call like that was comfort to me.
But word of advice for any calls or emails asking for info or to click on a link -- whether it be SS, banks, credit cards, "law enforcement", IRS, Apple, "Windows" etc. -- don't ever give out any info. If you think it could be legitimate, call SS, bank, credit card #, etc directly. On emails, check the actual address -- you can usually tell it's not coming from the actual sender. Even so, don't click on any links -- just call the institution directly. And the computer stuff like Apple and "Windows" -- those are always scams. They don't monitor your computer for malware or viruses.

Just received a robo call regarding this ssn scam - call back number they gave is 304-409-2411 - I did not call back and blocked the number

18777012133 Depositing new message 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 activity. So if you want to know about this 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 activity. So if you want to know about this case just press one thank you.. Click here: to listen to full voice message.Still happening .I received 3 calls today and my new roommate just received the same call ask for credentials to the heavy Indian accent on the other end and they'll hang up

I got a call and said need to confirm with my last 4 social digits. I asked them what company are they? They said they are American express. I said I don't have an American Express card, DO NOT CALL ME again. The following weeks, I got calls almost everday saying my social security card got suspended. :( The numbers are 18664043449, 18664043419.

410-346-1823 - voice recording that my SS # is being revoked because of illegal activity … so annoying.

Got one of these scam calls today from 512-487-7699. Hung up the moment they mentioned Social Security.

Just got a SCAM CALL from Lebanon VA (276) 254-5325. Date 2/12/2019

Someone called for 1(888) 359 0015 I did not answer. The voice message said that this call was about my SSN that it will be suspended and I will be in front of a Grand Jury con committing Federal criminal offense.

Same thing just happened to me this morning... I received a call on my cell phone from 800-772-6270 stating that my SSN has been suspended due to... some kind of legal concern. I didn't press #1 fast enough for additional info so I called the number back. And then I thought... yeah ok. Since when does the SSA suspend a SSN? You can't suspend a SSN? That's like suspending a person's identity or being! Like all of a sudden, poof, I just don't exist anymore. Complete b.s. So I instantly went to Google just to see what the internet's take on this was, and here's my proof. Word to the wise - government agencies NEVER (solely)call you if they need to contact you or if you're in trouble - they will ALWAYS send something to the last address they had on file for you. Because things in writing are binding and serve as legal proof of documentation. Stay woke, everyone!!

Just got a call from a 430-234-0001 that my social security number will be suspended in 24 hrs due to suspicious activity...Not responding! Thanks for this information.

I just had a fun call with a scammer. They left me a vm, stating that my SSN would be cancelled due to fraudulent activity, and gave me an option to either call 800-269-0271 or call them direct at 518-620-1459, so I called from my work phone and when the gentlemen answered, he asked for my name. I used my quick thinking and was able to come up with a fake name of Deedee Roper. Then the guy asks me if I'd ever been to Mexico. I told him no and he goes on to say that I wired money to someone in Mexico with the last name of Gonzalez from my Bank of America account. I told him I don't know anyone in Mexico, I haven't wired any money and to anyone in Mexico and I don't have an account with Bank of America. I then told him that SSA website specifically states that they will never cancel a SSN. He then said that my SSN wasn't cancelled but instead blocked and I told him no it isn't. He went on to yes, yes ma'am it has been blocked. Then I said, no it hasn't...you know how I know??? Because first of all my name isn't even Deedee Roper. I just made that up when we got on the phone and of course at that point he hung up.....jokes on you buddy!!!

Just tell them your social is BR549
Anyone who's watched the TV show will not what that number is lol

4 calls today telling me they are suspending my ss# all 866-404-xxxx numbers!!

Got a call saying that they are from goverment and my ssn suspended..it was weird and talked further what will be the reason??they slowly asked my acc details and i told i will face it legally..they hang up the call....they found ssn unfortunately, will that create any problems ??any advice ?

‭+1 (410) 630-1267‬
Robot caller claiming that my social security number has been suspended due to multiple suspicious activities against it.
BEWARE!!!!

The caller also identified himself as officer Alex and badge number 868350????

What's really sad is the ones who usually get scammed are the elderly. They are not computer savvy and when they get a call like this they are afraid that they will not get their check.

I just received 3 calls in a roll from a Maryland number
(443)457-0409 they left a message stating from SS office and my number was being suspended need to call them right away.
Deleted calls please don't answer these. :(

There are two numbers calling me with the same robot voicemail from California saying “ if I do not call them.. legal proceedings will begin against me.. I am afraid to call back in fear of hacking.. ‭+1 (559) 258-2767‬ and ‭+1 (209) 243-6010‬

866-404-4487 called me six times in a row.. I knew it was b.s. from the beginning .. However, if they had been lucky to contact a 80+ yr old they might of been convinced..Just ridiculous. .....

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