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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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Had 3 calls yesterday and 1 first thing this a.m. They say social security number has been suspended and to press 1 for case details! I let our recorder pick up and have since blocked the number. The number is 877-480-4989...funny thing is when you do a reverse number lookup, it says US GOVERNMENT!! Something needs to be done about these low-life's! I also filed a complaint with the FTC...if that does any good!!

I just received this call as well. The first thing I do is a quick Google after listening to the recorded information. I even pushed "1" to speak to an operator and the call was disconnected. The number that attempted to reach me was 1-800-772-1881. The recorded information stated that my social security was suspended as well. It's amazing what these scam artists will do these days.

I just received a call from Texas asking me for my date of birth and social. He got upset when I told him to send me a certified letter in the mail stating the issue with my social. I am thankful I did not give out my info over the phone when he ask. Number was 1-281-968-5126

I got the same calls today, but from a different phone number. The # starts with 682-864- **** the last four numbers change every time they call.

Yep. Me too. GRRRRR

just got a call from 510 984 4532
oddly they didn't talk and hung up

I got a phone call like that just today. It was a voicemail from a 510 area code saying my SS# has been suspended because of suspicious activity. They really try everything, don't they? Don't fall for it people!

Got the call today... Robo call sounded funny made my daughter laugh lol... 4256609550

Got my call again and the number was 402-253 0507. What a joke because I don't even get a social security check.

Got the same call from 832-4797396. indicating my ssn has been suspended and asking me to call back.

I had a call from - 8666276996 - is it open season on scammers, they are dirt!

Got the call from 800-942-8394 just now, stating that my SSN has been suspended dues to some fraudulent activity. I selected "1" and was connected to a real person. When I asked about the situation, he hung up.

‭+1 (469) 844-3302‬ Got the same call. Not just once but twice. I told him you called me so you should know my info. He got very rude and said well You’ll be in a lot of trouble and the police can come and pick you up I told him bring it on and hung up

I just got a call saying my ssn was suspended by some woman robot then she spouted off some numbers which I didnt write down but figured it was fake because I doubt your ssn can be suspended. Phone number that called was 1-650-457-0247

Just got one from (419) 827-6257.
Curious, I pressed "1" after the recorded message, to hear what would happen next.
A heavily-accented woman answered, and proceeded to ask for my name.
I pointed out that they know my name, since they called ME to inform me the news about my social security number.
She hung up then.

I got one today and it seems that they faked a Social Security Number 800-772-2525 stating they are the Legal Department and that my SSN had been suspended due to it being linked to some suspicious activity but they did not mention who they are calling for or name. I did not answer and they left a voice mail. Sounded like a woman but automated too I think and it asked to press 1 at the end of the message to know more about the case but of course I did not answer the call in the first place. Crazy Stuff!

Got a voicemail today from 800 965 2352 reporting similar issues and sounding robotic like the recording on this page. Furthermore, at the end of the voicemail (immediately before hanging up) he said "press onethank you" and there was no pause at all between the words "one" and "thank you". Thought I would comment this because I did a CTRL-F and couldn't find this number on the page, so I wanted to share a new number they use.

I got five calls all in the passed week. 888-810-0040, 888-810-0043, 888-810-0005 and 440-207-0559, all left VM's with the same robot recording saying the exact same thing.

I just received a phone call telling me that someone used my social security down in Texas (I live in Ny) and they were drug trafficking and opened up a whole bunch of credit cards under my social security. Did anyone get a call from this number ? (315)666-9409
It first calls u with a robotic voice recorded already telling u to call that number back because your social security has been used elsewhere.

Last week I received three calls in a row from a 1800 with an automated message from a creepy lady saying that my SSN has been cancelled. I now have received the same voice on another automated message twice today at (202) 747 2151 saying that my SSN has been suspended for fraudulent activity.

Both numbers are block. Watch out everybody.

Here we go again!! Now a new number is calling with the same scam that my social security number has been suspended due to fraudulent activity!!! This number is (520)689-4514!! Will be reporting this one as well!! LOW-LIFES!!!!

I received a robot call today saying my SSN was suspended due to fraudulent activity in Texas.... From this # 732 456 8088. I feel so bad about the people who will call believing this.
Good luck everyone!

Got a call saying my social security number had been suspended from (888)810-0015 (888)810-0042 (888)810-0046 (888)810-0263 (888)810-0048 (888)810-0051 (888)810-0255 (888)810-0229 (888)810-0226 . Every time I block a number they keep calling from a different number.

I got the robo call today that they suspended my SSN. due to a criminal activities, they ask me to call this #6056552731.

avoid to gives them your personal informal there are scams they only try to steal information from you.
be careful

Received a call today about suspended SS#. 2814105598

Got a call from 562 275 3291. Called twice since I ignored the first one. Answered to a robot that insisted I call or face legal action.

Did not recognize the # that just came up today, robo call about my SSN # being suspended for possible fraud activity and to press 1 to speak with someone. The # is 707 502 2962,Non VoIP phone from Eureka, CA.

I just got a robo VM using a voice bot from the "Department of Social Security Administration" it says my SSN is suspended for suspicious activity "so if you want to know about this case press 1" a government agency wouldn't send a message worded that way but a scammer totally would . Also it's from from 707-502-2962 which is a VOIP line so they are probably calling from another country. Total scam and poorly executed at that.

received two calls re SSN suspension from 16463875321 and 13325739032.

I received 4 calls today telling me my social security number has been suspended. The last time my husband pressed 1 and a man answered. My husband told him off and he hung up immediately. I only hope they do not call an older person who panics and gives them the information.

I just got 2 calls from (888) 810-0041 , (888) 810-0039. Stating the exact same thing " your SSN has been suspended" So I called them back and the number were non working, one of them said " due to high call volumes we are not available to answer the phone "
Total SCAM.

Just called from 469-735-0610

I got this robot call today, after my PayPal account was hacked and when calling PayPal the first number that came up for them was a scam, I stupidly didn’t know until they told me my 350.00 deposit had already been claimed by someone and they were having a hard time blocking this hacker so I would need to go purchase a 50.00 dollar google pay card and call them back with the passcode in order to block this “hacker”. He was trying to rush me to the store to get one but I was actually on a table at the doctor ready to have an epidural injection. He then sent me his name( ha ha) and direct line to call back on through my text messaging. He called himself John Taylor or something similar but had a heavy Indian accent. Now I am getting this call about my SS number being suspended! Uugh! This number was 4697345617 and was from somewhere in Texas.

This is another # ‭(510) 984-4532‬ they call from. Nice try but now ur block.

I got a call today from 914-652-1489 - A voicemail was left.
It was a computer generated voice. Said my SSN has been suspended due to "suspicious activity" and said to press #1 to continue and get more information. I hung up.

(888)810-0133
Received a voice message from a robotic recording saying:
"[We have] Suspended your social security number because we found some suspicious activity ..."

I just got a voicemail claiming my ss# has been suspended. Call was from 920-541-7528. Tried call ss fraud line. No luck. Beware!!

I just received a similar call from 1-800-772-1031. They are persistent and left several voicemails.

I've been called from Mexico Arizona an Washington. How do you make it stop?

Just got this call. It was automated, pressed 1 to speak with someone. He knew my full name and address already, wanted me to confirm my last 4 to verify it was me. Hung up. I'll be watching my bank account activity closely today.

Voicemail from (877) 331-4699
"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."

14254998374 just called stating my Ssn was being suspended.

I've received Robocalls 4 times today. Stating about the same as others reporting. Suspended SSB because there's been suspicious activity. Earlier call was a womans voice telling me
that my Social Security will be cancelled, than said push 1 to be connected with "Legal Dept." to speak with a Social security officer.
The last # was from 425-499-8374.

Just got a call from 469-732-0672... claiming my SS# has been suspended and I need to “reactive” it by entering my #.... yah ok! Haha

I received a call from this number 1-888-810-0412 and 1-888-810-0436 claiming to be an Agent from SSN Admin. They claim that they suspended my SSN and asking for my personal info like name, DOB and SSN. The strong accent doesn't sound like an Agent with American last name Agent Robert Smith. At the end told him the he's a fraud and if my SSN is suspended why did I pay my taxes today. Be careful out there and don't be fooled by scam. Just ask the right questions like call back number and email so you can do your research. DON'T GIVE UP YOUR PERSONAL INFO OVER THE PHONE LIKE YOUR SSN,MEDICAL ,AND FULL NAME.

Same message from the same numbers...Your SS has been suspended due to fraudulent activity. Please press 1 to learn more about this case against you. I thought it was a scam because I know SS only contacts an individual by US Mail

My husband and I have both received the "suspended" SSN robo call on our cell phones and hung up. I got two calls today , 4/15, on my work phone. I hung up, but how did they get the work number?

I did too recive sacm call and they said they suspended but its weird that they told me its invalid number

just received a call from 844-222-6269, ss# suspended for fraudulent activity and will be arrested if i do not call back to take care of the problem from a voice recording.... if it was so serious you would think they would call in person...

Got a call saying my social security number was suspended do to not normal activity

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