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The FTC is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get your Social Security number and even your money. In one version of the scam, the caller says your Social Security number has been linked to a crime (often, he says it happened in Texas) involving drugs or sending money out of the country illegally. He then says your Social is blocked – but he might ask you for a fee to reactivate it, or to get a new number. And he will ask you to confirm your Social Security number.

In other variations, he says that somebody used your Social Security number to apply for credit cards, and you could lose your benefits. Or he might warn you that your bank account is about to be seized, that you need to withdraw your money, and that he’ll tell you how to keep it safe.

But all of these are scams. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The SSA will never (ever) call and ask for your Social Security number. It won’t ask you to pay anything. And it won’t call to threaten your benefits.
  • Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling. Computers make it easy to show any number on caller ID. You can’t trust what you see there.
  • Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Don’t confirm the last 4 digits. And don’t give a bank account or credit card number – ever – to anybody who contacts you asking for it.
  • Remember that anyone who tells you to wire money, pay with a gift card, or send cash is a scammer. Always. No matter who they say they are.

If you’re worried about a call from someone who claims to be from the Social Security Administration, get off the phone. Then call the real SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). If you’ve spotted a scam, then tell the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

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-- Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling. Computers make it easy to show any number on caller ID. You can’t trust what you see there.

Why did the phone companies implement a system that is so easily spoofed? I get 10 calls a day from scammers, none of which can be traced back to their phone number due to this problem. I almost wish they'd just eliminate caller-id entirely, let the dust settle, and then implement a secure system.

Agree 100%

I also agree 100%. Between 40 and 50% of incoming calls are spoofed or robocalls.

I bought my own VOIP and call blocker roughly two years ago and I've gotten to the point where if the incoming call is unfamiliar or unknown to me I never answer - I just block it.

100% and they scare me really bad to the point I have to look up the latest scams on a weekly basis and my health is not good at all and this makes my anxiety even worse. I pray that someone will help us.

They called offering me a lone then I got the call about my SSI n

Received an automated call claiming to be from SSA investigations saying they need to hear from us immediately. We knew it was a scam and did NOT return the call. Phone number given was 1-877-587-6977

The number they left me is 5128556596.

They keep calling me from this number.

‭+1 (646) 993-1180‬

I also got a call today stating the same...to call them back ASAP at 1-888-878-0489. I have blocked this number. Beware everyone.

Just called my phone.

I got one on (510) 564-8937. Tried to say they have a case with my local police. I was like tell the local police to come to my house. I'll verify with them.

Yes, I just received this one and the man was super convincing and when I told him that I didn't live in Texas, this is where he is say the incident happened, he told me I was facing multiple criminal charges but couldn't tell me for what he just kept telling me the police were going to arrest me.

The message that was left on my phone was one saying that not responding would be considered an act of willing noncompliance with authorities...

He called me from: 908-490-8202

They called me from 979 639 5777

I have gotten at least 3 calls from different numbers (Texas and the state in which I live) in the last week.

I have received several calls from (562)358-6279 claiming its the Social security Dept. And they have detected fraud on my account. I looked up number ..Its not the Social Security Admin. Beware of scammers using this number. Thank you!

I have had several calls from 980 911-8805, then 980, 155-5799, then 980-895-9521, then they went to the last number 631-518-7897 and many more because I refused to answer these calls. What should I do if they keep calling?

I get calls like this all of the time, but never answer or respond. My latest was this morning. 1-832-501-0922. Not a SSA caller obviously.

Received two calls in one day less than an hour apart from 413.623.3623. Robocall message about fraudulent activity on SSN and to call them back at that number.

I received a scam phone call from (936) 251-1798, saying that there was criminal activity on my social security number, and to call them back. I'm reporting it to the FTC.

I got officer calling saying there been fraud call the number or be not complying.

I agree 100%, unfortunately, there are financial and other companies who will not give credit without caller id..ironic.

Agree. The phone service taxes the living daylights out of us and can stop the fraud phone numbers on caller ID.
PATHETIC

What do you do if you someone who actually gave some information? I have a friend who had something similar happen to them recently. I dont want anything to happen to him. Is there anything he can do?

Learn what to do if information is lost or exposed at www.IdentityTheft.gov.

There are different instructions based on the kind of information that was exposed. You can also read about warning signs of identity theft.

Did everything turn out okay?

I 100% agree this calls have actually gotten worse since I registered my number with FTC, I'm afraid to answer my cell phone anymore.

This is probably a silly question but, what do u mean by registering ur number with the FTC? I ask bc I tried, several times to put my number on the national do not call list & obviously that didn't help but I was wondering if that's what u meant by registering with FTC.

The reason "spoofing" is allowed is for businesses. Most businesses will have 1 or 2 incoming "800 number" lines for consumers to call in on but 100's or 1000's of outgoing lines. You don't want people calling in on the same line that is making outgoing calls. So, regardless of the REAL number making the outgoing call, any callback has to be to an incoming number that is different. So, most business calls are legally "spoofed".

The time has come that this convenience is not worth it. Understand the need from businesses, but they will find another way to deal with this inconvenience.

I completely agree. How can or system be so easily infiltrated by criminals trying to get people's money and information? I'm not elderly but I know that there are a lot of elderly people that would definitely fall for this and it really upsets me. If anybody knows what else I can do in order to elevate this situation so that it can be addressed properly by our government please let me know ASAP! My mother is 86 and she could easily fall for this kind of scam!

I agree, we all get it same way

I got a call that my ss number
Three Message was that criminal action on my number then a phone number Calling number given it is busy and number they used cut me off I am in my 70 I don't need this I have blocked both numbers I would hope this will stop it

Unfortunately, it won't stop it. They just move on to another toll free number. Been dealing with this for about a month now. Very frustrating!!!

I just received a call from El Paso, TX #915-613-4949, let it go to the Voicemail (unknown number). The message was to call this number back because SS is working on my claim. I don't have any claims with SS!!! It is frustrating, but you right it won't stop.

I got two criminal activity calls this morning. Beginning at 6 am. Googled SS. It said they won’t call with that kind of information. So disregarding those messages and writing about them here. How do I better secure myself from this sort of thing happening?

Jan 13 about 12:30 (noon) I received a call telling me that my SS number will be discontinued if I don't call 847-737-7751. I live in Montpelier, Vermont. I don't think my SS number can be discontinued for any reason so I checked out the number. Thank you for your information.

I got a call from North Carolina number prefix 828 stating the same thing. It was a recording.

The exact same thing happened to me

Same thing, I got a call this morning from a 1-800 number that says I need to call back to speak to an officer or my SSN will be blocked permanently...I want to check if this indeed a scam or not but I don’t know where to go to test validity

Not to worry. Its a scam.They have been testing me for over a month.I called SSI scam line to report abuse but it was a joke. They had me jumping through hoops with recordings

Your social security number can never be blocked. The Social Security Administration will never call you. It's a scam. Tell all your friends and family that if they get a call from the Social Security Administration, it's a scam. Just read the article written above the comments.

Correction, SSA may call you if they have questions on a Social Security benefit application recently submitted. They
Tell you in advance in writing this may happen but they also tell you which office in which city your application is assigned to so you can match area codes if they do call.

I just received a recorded call from 800-436-1608. She said I had suspicious activity on my ssn. They have tried to reach me several times.Press 1 to speak to a rep. Or your ssn will be blocked and deactivated, rendering it sealed and forever unusable. Press 1 to speak to a representative. No answer received on your end. Please press 1 to speak to a rep. to clear this up. I was hacked last year. Had to cancel all accounts and change all passwords. I was afraid this was still going on.

Thank you for posting this. I got this exact call but I'm in California. It was a 831 prefix.

Thank you for listing that you received a call from North Carolina. I just received that number and message was left. Never called the number back but glad I could verify this information on this site.

I just got a call , let it go to Voicemail as I don't answer (unknown numbers)either , message said my SS # was suspended due to questionable activity...so I called the number back ...it's a Eye doctor office in my county....I hung up as it's after buss. Hours , today said office called me to say that they are sorry for missing my call...floord .. absolutely floored not fooled

My Primary care doctor uses a "global number" for their out-going calls (ex to confirm the next appointment.) For MONTHS I got spam calls on a certain phone number so I saved it to my contacts as "Spam Call" so I could ignore it. One day, arriving at the Dr's office I found they'd been trying to contact me to reschedule as the Dr had to go out of town. They called me while I was standing there and the number that showed up was the number that had been used for the scam call. The Global numbers just grab any open number. A family member was called by his/her own number in this use. My point is it isn't necessarily someone from your Eye Doctors office.

I happened to answer a call this morning. An automatic recording said my SS is being discontinued due to fraudulent activities in Texas. The number that called me is 561.719.4051. I hung up immediately. Got a second call which I did not answer from 561.719.9444.
Thank you for posting comments.

I just received a call 12/17/18. I am in process of guardianship of my mother so this may be how they got my phone number through the cook county court system. I did not give any information, but took down their number to call them back (which I did not)
The spoof number is 410-413-3782.
BTW-the call received was very broken up, and I could tell loud background noise as if a very busy call center.

I got one indicating an issue with SSI. No one person was mentioned so no idea who on the household was needed to 'call back'.

This came from 210-880-3339.

Most likely spoofed anyway as it doesn't come up as belonging to any 'business'.

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