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 do not under stand when a government place keeps asking for your complete number for your account and it is on the bank statement already.?

WHAT "government place"? The bank? The Social Security office? Some clown on the phone saying they're from the government? If YOU called the bank and they want your account#, give it to them. But don't give anything out to anyone who calls you first!

even if the so called bank asks you for your account number, don't even give it to them over the phone. Just go into your branch office and ask the manager on why the bank wants your account number. I'm sure he will tell you that you do not give it out to anyone unless you personally know they are the real thing, which means you go to the bank and verify the need to get this information.

I just got a call. I stereotypically said "for someone who works for the US government you do not sound like you are in the US at all..." He then asked where I thought he was located which is totally weird for a govt employee to do. I said "If you work for the Social Security Offices then you should not be playing with me and be willing to tell me where you are located." He said he was in (what sounded like) Sweden! So bizarre. After I asked him multiple times to say the location again because I could not understand him through his accent and eventually asked him to SPEEL IT OUT, he hung up. I googled "who to call to report social security card scam and both phone numbers listed on the SSA site were for benefit thefts and benefit fraud only. No help from the SSA.

18664048955 over social security saying my social security number has been suspended scam who else has got call from this number

I just did

I did too. This sucks!
1 866-404-1811

I got a robo call today stating they were suspending my ssn due to fraudulent activity. The number was 1-866-404-1936. I have blocked it.

Me too!
1(866) 404 1940

I received a call with the bot stating that my SSN was suspended due to suspicious activity. The number was the following (332)8763478. I had to look up the area code. It's NYC apparently. Manhattan to be exact. I've lived in the NYC all of my life and never say or knew anyone with that area code. I just hung up after the bot finished the first sentence. Any sentence that includes nonsense like a SSN being suspended is BS. I'm more worried about how they obtained my number!

I just listened to a voicemail i received an automated msg saying my SSN has been suspended due to suspicious activity. Its to early to call these scammers but yeah hoa the heck do they have my number??? SMH

I have received the same SSN Suspended calls from the below numbers the past 7 days:

1-325-340-1215
1-800-974-5248
1-855-896-4235

Mine was from +1(575)070-3055
Word for word! “Press 1 to continue”. How do we keep these awful people from calling? Total scumbags!

Ditto

I received three calls this morning from numbers beginning with 646 (three different numbers) leaving three voicemails. All three asked me to 'simply press 1 to follow up on fraudulent activity'.

I got a voicemail message calls today from 646-145-8755 & 918-938-3714 saying they were from "Social Security/DES" and my ss# had suspicious fraud activity & they were going to suspend my ss#.

I got one too let it go to voicemail from New York City, New York 646-542-2652 said press 1 to follow up on fraudulent activity came I looked it up came from some mobile cellphone in New York City, NY.

I received a robocall for this today. I pressed 1 to see what they would ask for.
When the answering party asked for my name, I said that first I needed to know what suspended meant. She told me to Google it, then hung up.

Me too only it went straight yp voice mail because i have a scan blocker on my phone.

BEWARE! I just listened to TWO voicemails that I received. It was an automated (Robot) msg saying that my SSN had been suspended due to suspicious activity. Press 1 to call them back!!! GET THE HELL OUT OF MY LIFE!

Yeah, I received the same recorded call.
Verbatim, "This call is from the Dept. of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our dept. is to inform you that we just suspend your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity. So if want know about this case, just press 1, thank you."
They left no call back number. Boo-hoo me. Phifft!

I just did to from 8776111213

I got a call three times today from a robot- not even a person. The numbers were 1-888-674-8564 and 1-888-674-5621. Same voicemail from both numbers.

I got 4 robo-calls since yesterday from 1-800-882-9539 ... Some message about my SSN being in line for suspension! Annoying!

I got a robocall from 1888 810 0257 saying my ssn was blocked.

I received 5 robocalls yesterday from 1888-810-0040; 1888-810-0654; 1888-810-0655; 1888-810-0658; 1888-810-0659 saying my SSN was suspended.

I got the robo call today that they suspended my SSN. For sure it’s a scam. The government will not call you... if anything, they’ll send the message through the mail.

I just got one from the same number

I just did today ,And he sounds very professional ,even used the number ,I am a nervous wreck ,How can someone do things like that to people ,I don't get it !

My son just received a message saying his SS# would be suspended if he didn't call back. The number that called him was
877-216-7106.
He was pretty nervous. Thank goodness I did the research before he called them back!

They keep calling me everyday

I have received 3 robo calls in the last 2 days about my SSN being suspended. They even left a voicemail once. Crazy! Thankfully I learned through the "you will be arrested if you don't pay X amount of $ right now" scam last year. The IRS does not contact via phone and I doubt the Social Security Administration does either!

Just got the same call. Just hung up and chuckled. Nice try scammers.

I have. Got one today. Yesterday I received a call that said my SSN had been identified being used in a fraud case and I should call them back. The person had a foreign accent. The number was an 800 number.

I just a phone call from someone about 10 minutes ago that said my SSN has been identified being used in a fraud case and I should call them back . The person had an accent, so I hung up!

I received one today on my voice message. Saying mine was suspended. I will need to call S.S.Office.

I received one today on my voice message. Saying mine was suspended as of now. I will need to call S.S.Office. I was so scared till I saw it's very comon scamer. Thank you all for posting

Omg, me too just recieved a voicemail today that my ssn is being suspended and i should call them back, i got really nervous but i guess its a scam.

I just received a call and I didn’t pick up, surely enough, they left a voicemail stating that my social security has been suspended due to suspicious activity and if I wanted to know more about the case to press 1. I got so scared for a second and then searched it. I’m sure it’s a scammer without a doubt. The number was (800) 722-1051

For the past couple of days I have been receiving computer voice calls from 1 888 253 5629, saying that my SSN has been used in a fraud case and to call them back. Wouldn’t you think they would use at least our last name in the call if it was legitimate? Stupid conmen.I blocked the call. It is Apr. 10, 2019

I received two calls/messages today from 888-548-2019

I got a call from the social security office and they said that my social security number is suspended what can I do it is this a scammer

Social security #s cannot be suspended, this is a scam.

I got 914-827-5118 I did not answer but they leave a message saying my social security number is suspended

I’m getting this call once an hour today. From 18664043324. It goes to voicemail and states my ssn is suspended, press 1 for more info regarding your case. All robot voice.

I got the same call and I let it go to voicemail, the originating call came from 254-616-9964 and 217-636-4421 but the voice message phone number was different. I love to curse these ppl out, stress release.

I have gotten this call several times this morning. I missed the first call so I called the number back and it was actually for Orkin Pest control. They told me they have been getting flooded with calls all morning - and that their number had been hacked. When I picked up the 2nd time, it was a recording and then eventually got put thru to a man with an accent. I told him he was full of crap an I was reporting him to the police. Who falls for this stuff?? Seems to happen a lot around tax season.

I just woke up to the same experience I had 7 missed calls and voicemails from the same number claiming my ssn was suspended and to press 1 for more info. I had a feeling this is was fraudulent the numbers 866-404-8928

I am also getting exactly same message from phone number: +1(564) 780 2941 . Number is changing with each call on my cell but always start with +1(564) 780-****

I just got one from that same 866 number. Social security numbers do not get suspended. There is no such thing. Hang up and block the number using the settings on your phone. :)

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