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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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'.

Thanks

I hate this calls they bother all day long!0

Thanks for all the comments, It save my worry. I just get a call this morning regarding my SSN suspension with crime investigation in Tx with providing the case number which look believable and phone number is ssn office phone. So I get scare and Confirm last 4 digits of SSN and my name but since I was out of states now, I don’t give anymore info. I was still worry so looking for case Info and now I see all these warnings about ssn scams , make me feel better. The phone company should do something about all these scams phone call, every day get about at least ~10 call,
Thanks

I literally just got the same call. its getting really old.

I just got that same call. That's why I'm in this thread now.

I have been getting this same message 4 days in a row. 3 to 4 times a day.

Same here! They called twice from a local NY number to say if I did not call back they would start legal proceedings for my social security number and related fraudulent activity. This thread puts my mind at ease seeing the same call for so many other people.

Just got a call from Dunkirk, NY saying they were a member of the SSA my SSN was suspended due to suspicious activity and to press one for more information on the case # 1-716-413-0442

I also just received a phone call from NY too regarding to my SSN being stolen . Voice mail also told me to press 1 which I did but nothing happen and just disconnect it instead. Then I called back that number and no one answer.

I just got the same call saying my ssn would be suspended cause of suspicious activity. The # they called me from was (877)803-1028. So glad that I came across this cause I'm not gonna lie I was a little nervous, but what made me research it was that I started thinking hmm, I'm not sure your ssn can be suspended. And I normally dont answer for #'s I dont know. Ughhh, gotta always follow that gut instinct.

Yep here’s a few numbers calling to say I’ve been suspended due to suspicious activity

888-164-2896. 805-254-8258 and twice with “unknown caller”.

What happens if you actually gave your info?

The new phone number they're using now is 1-800-674-9754

They just left me a voicemail.

ive gotten 5 calls today alone!!!! 309-228-4903

Got the same thing today. I confirmed my last four digits because I got scared, give a bit of information but not that much. The phone that I got is +1(212) 648-2247 and +1(626)515-3363. Watch out guys!

Will anything happen if you give them your last 4? I got scared as well and now I know it was a mistake

I did the same thing. I feel so dumb, I’m usually so good about scams. Will anything happen?

This happened to me last week and I had till today to call back DEA cause my SSN was involved in criminal activity and money laundering and if I didn’t call back they was coming to pick me up ... this call is coming out of Texas (210) and the SS office number is a (956) I wish I would of saw these comments sooner... I felt very scared and they was telling me they would give me a new SSN...

Yeah, I just got a call too and I gave my last 4 digits I was scared that’s all I gave him tho should I be worried

Yeah, I just got a call too and I gave my last 4 digits I was scared that’s all I gave him tho should I be worried

Yes, just got the same phone call. I don't usually pick up numbers I don't know but I am apartment hunting so did. I got really scared about the suspension as well. I gave them my full name and last four of my SSN. It would be great if the FTC hosting this page could let us know if we should be worried or not.

The calls from people who pretend to be with Social Security are scams. If they call you again, don't confirm your Social Security number.

Read about what to do if your Social Security number has been exposed  on www.IdentityTheft.gov.

I did too. I was shaking after... I reported it but I'm terrified they have enough information on me. I was so dumb... Normally I don't flinch with scans but my brain is not in it's best shape lately.

If anyone is worried maybe freeze your credit so at least they can't open accounts.

i confirmed my name and last 4 too! has anything happened? I am so sick with nerves.

I did this too! I am very worried! I froze my credit accounts so they wont try to open new ones. But what happens now?

Hi. I just received a call with 1800 674 8759 in the caller ID. When I answered the phone an auto message stated my ss number had been criminalized and used fraudulent. It stated to call back on that auto number. I did not call back for after research I realized must be fraud. However, called back from public phone, not cell, and got message that number used for outgoing calls. Unable to accept calls at this number. Figured they must get something from my cell or link a virus if I were to call that number back from my cell.

I received the same call and they left a voicemail.
18008592903

I got a call today from #1-575-078-2613 recording saying: "This is the Social Security Administration and we noted suspicious activity on your account suspending your number, press 1 if you want more information". When you press 1 nothing happens. I called back this # and it does not go through.

I got the same message left in my voicemail today. I did not press #1 as was requested because I knew it had to be a scam. The number came from PA, or so it says. 88-499-6521

Same, from 618-669-3713, I basically never answer my phone now unless I recognize the person or the number. If its important they will leave a message and then I will check it out. Same for spam emails, never click any links. I am a cynic.

Thank you for this important information!! There are so many crooks out there, and so many vulnerable Senior citizens who rely on their Social Security monthly checks to live on that could easily fall for this horrible scam. Most of the scammer calls I've received come from Oriental countries,or at least their voices suggest that's where they're from. I keep them talking, like I believe what their telling me, so I can get their name, phone number, as much info on them as possible. Even though I know it's all erroneous, the FTC has said it helps to track them down.

*It's ASIAN for people, ORIENTAL for inanimate objects.

Got a poorly pre-recorded call yesterday with above mentioned scam appearing to come from China, phone number came in as +86 67521019.

A new scam I've received by email twice in the last two weeks: Sender claims he/she has obtained my password and has read all my emails and has access to all web sites that I have "visited," including dozens of pornographic sites. Sender threatens to reveal to my email recipients that I am a porno addict and demands that I pay a ransom of $700+ in bitcoins. The sender also explains what bitcoins are, and how to transfer them to him/her.
I have deleted both emails without responding. So far I've seen no evidence that the sender has followed through with his/her threat. My advice is, if a similar email is received, do not reply.

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