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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 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!

Turn on your answering machine and never turn it off. When the voice say leave a message they hangup.

Mine left a message: 1-808-690-3843

+1866-651-0417

Texas call 1-512-668-9717
2× so far

Me too. Like 3 or 4 times a day

‭+1 (844) 579-6149‬ Is the number I got the call from. It asked me to press one then immediately hung up. When I called the number back it said the number was out of service’

707-091-9187

Same. The call was from 1-800-367-9499.

the same, the one I got was 1 915 209 5918 goggled area and it's from Flint, TX. called the number back from a landline and justs rings busy.

Add phone number (315)232-6963 to the list.

just got the same kind of call.. from 800-573-9311

Same call to area code 801 (Utah) 7 times today.

1-312-584-8776

I got a call today from (781) 328-3741 saying "my SSN has been suspended due to suspicious activity" and to press "1" to learn more about this case. I just remained silent until they hung and then found this page.

I got a call from @347-349-4617. Automated voice, SSN scammer.

I also got a call today (6/8/19) from (917) 338-1359, the recording saying "my SSN has been suspended due to suspicious activity" and to press "1" to learn more about this case.

I got a call today on my iPhone from 920-876-6143 (Elkhart Lake, WI). I live in Florida. They said the same as other have reported: "We will block your Social Security number, unless you call us back at this number... blah blah..." Total scam.

Same, same, SAME!! Same autobot message 3 times today.. I did not call back obviously, but I mean, logically thinking, I have never heard of anybody being able to BLOCK a social security number! It's almost humorous! Call back and they will need to ask what the number is so they can proceed with the scam.. I mean, they are calling us, shouldn"t they have it already?? sheesh..
All three of these called, same robot message..

1-800-991-3553
1-800-006-6627
1-800-531-2835

They called me three times today.1-8005295343. 1-8007895266. 1-8007544852. I have no idea how they get my number. This sucks.

I got a call from ssn 2 times today. The caller saying"my ssn has been suspended due to suspicious activity press 1 and to learn more about this case...

I just recieved the same call...bot voice with the same message. I hung up as soon as it said to press 1. It came in as a "Restricted" number. I probably shouldn't have answered it.

Add 707-787-2824 to this list. Same call, same "press 1 to hear this case" scam message

Same SSN call here - Got a bot call from New York . . 917-745-1507

Got 3 calls. All left same message about SSN being suspended.

Numbers:
1-510-112-7166
-7155
-7161

Yep, me too! Same numbers! And they just keep calling! 4 calls today. I am going to block them but it sounds like they will just change their number.

I received 3 calls also today
510-112-7478
510-112-7472

For me:
1-510-112-7256, -7261, -7281, -7301
One time it came as "Unknown"
They are still coming. Don't know how long this is going to go on...

I got the same call today July 02 2019 from (646)808-3002.

I received a call that matches this exactly. It was a robo call that went to voicemail saying my SSN is being suspended due to suspicious activity. If I wanted to know more about the case then I needed to press one. The number was 833-579-8604.

Same thing but number was 888-245-6906

Yes I just got the same thing "press 1" saying my ss# would be suspended due to criminal activity. #1-877-696-1100. Disgusting people trying to scam hardworking tax paying people!

Got 4 calls saying the same but from a 510 area code

I got the same call from (206) 458-2936.

Add 888-428-6240 to the list of numbers the suspended SSN , press "1" scam is coming from. If my SSN could actually be suspended, that means no taxes from me, right? LOL :D

SS Scam saying my SS# suspended. Caller I’d # 800 234-6988

I got 4 calls with the same lines about my SSN being suspended from 866-862-6548
866-260-5472
800-772-1213
and 800-562-2208

SS Scam saying my Ssn# suspended #866-366-9549

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