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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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Hi just got this phone call threatening me here is the phone number 469-257-4690 this is a scam number be careful there saying there from social security and I've got the block I've got everything on my phone and nothing works I wish they would stop these days on robocalls in scan calls there's no way to block him

I got a call from 72-605-5537 saying that they are from Dept. of Social security that I have a warrant issued but have to call them for my signature....I did not call and when I tried to call, it was busy and nobody answered the phone. I think this is scam, too.

Received a Fake SS call at 7:12am on my cell phone it came on with phone number 1-503-805-6869 was a recording suppose it call back about a legal action involving my SS call them back or they would stop mySS

I received a robocall from (918) 235-4251 stating that my social security number was possibly used for fraudulent reasons and to press 1 to be connected with the next agent. I hung up.

Gotten 10 calls from 469 257 4793 claiming I have used my SSN in fraudulent credit applications. I do notnhave a credit card and only credit used is to finance my car. Says if I do not return the call that it will result in my arrest. Called them back last night, phone rang 15 times before someone said hello and quickly changed that to SSA how can I help you. Would not give me any id on who I was talking to. If this is real now a days I would have to go through 15 minutes of recordings to get a human. Beware.

Beware of a caller from 651-757-9144 that claims to be from the SSA, threatening to permanently block your SS number. They ask to press #1 to speak to their legal dept,(Concerned dept) if you any questions or want to resolve the matter. Robo Caller. The number is out of Minnesota.

they keep calling me from this # 606 231 3793

I got a call from +1 (717) 423-1102 stating that there is going to be legal actions taken for fraudulent activities on my ssn.

I just got a call from 213-378-4406. They called telling me my ssn was suspended due to some bank issues in Texas. I don’t live in Texas and have never been there nor any family lives there. I told them my last four digit of my ssn. I’m really scared what do I do?

Got a call, the caller ID said the person's name was Jason Bradley, # (256) 990-2818. It was a recording saying my social was being used by other parties, and I could lose my benefits. Don't know what the recording had to say after that, I hung up.

I just got a call right now from a number in Gardena. 310-365-4800. It was a robo call (a man's voice) saying the same thing. When will it end. Every day!

I'm in Australia, but got a threatening voicemail msg on my Skype USA number at 3.05 am saying something was wrong with my SS account, asking to call back immediately and give them the last 4 digits of my SS number or face arrest. Definitely a scam! The number they phoned from was +1 469-839-6329.

These people keep leaving messages on my phone! 903-207-8921 out of Gunter, Texas.

I am receiving calls saying that my ss will be canceled. The number they called me from is 312-484-1829. I’ve also received calls from other phone numbers saying the same thing

Got a Robo-call claiming to be Social Security Administration from 619-787-9555. The message was "my benefits were being used in a South Texas town, please press 1 to speak with an officer". I did not press 1 they hung up.

Keep getting calls saying that someone has used my SSN in a crime I know that it's a scam wish there was a way to stop it

Got a call from this number at 8.32 am today. Claimed Social Security Fraud Investigator

+12533191827

I got a call from 678-283-3557 said they were the social security department and they have seen suspicious activity with my number. I just hung up, but I wanted to report it.

I have been getting these calls at least once or twice a week. The calls come from different numbers today's number was 513-407-5412.

Had three calls in one day from three similar numbers claiming my SS card will be suspended due to suspicious activity in Texas. Always the same male robotic voice never a real person and if I don't pick up they don't leave a voicemail. Here are the numbers below.
973-986-4285
973-986-5768
983-986-6964

I have received numerous calls as of lately. If not the IRS it's S.S.office.. I don't answer these calls. They do leave a message. I don't return them. I'm glad to read that this IS a scam. I appreciate the information... But how do they get away with this???

Received a call from (440) 269-9346 (maybe the Willoughby, Ohio area)stating SOCIAL SECURITY my account has been compromised. Requested to press "1" to discuss the issue.

Robocall received from 8309712671 claiming illegal suspicious activity and request for immediate callback.

I received a call from 404-604-5331 - an agent Richard Johnson, I feel like this was not the name he gave when he first got on the line when I asked him to repeat it he gave that one. He wanted my name to pull up a file. I said I would go to the SSA office and handle any issues and hung up. This is very frustrating.

Have received multiple calls with this same scam. Have received these - sometimes twice a day between 10/14 to 10/21. All phone numbers begin with 415-519:
415-519-1148
415-519-1151
415-519-1827
415-519-2876
415-519-6223
415-519-6072
415-519-6134
Clearly working their way through #s available in an area code in CA

I just got one from 1 512-817-552

I have received so many calls stating my SSN has been used in fraudulent activity and I needed to speak with the officer immediately. First time I gave them the last 4 of my social but then it just sounded fishy so I hung up. I get these same recorded message from different numbers in different states and when I call back they have the same recorded voice. I'm going to mess with them when I get someone on the phone again. Here's the numbers but they never call from the same. 575-219-3483 new Mexico, 643-335-6665 Ohio, 601-780-4858 Mississippi, 605-205-6066 south Dakota

I got two calls one from8066208703 and one from8066203459 I blocked both of them.

Recd unknown I'd call saying my SSA was flagged for unusual activity and if I didn't call (424) 344-9610 immediately my account would be suspended. The number is California & I live on the opposite coast. Search of number yields no info. SSA numbers will ALWAYS show the # is govt

Received two of these scam calls from San Antonio numbers this afternoon. Exactly as described with the computerized voice and asking me to press 1 for more information. Upon pressing 1, very obvious I was connected to a call center. Asked me to confirm my name which I would not. The lady who answered sounded like she was from India. Claimed to be an officer of the SSA. Beware this scam they are sophisticated. The numbers they called from were 210-883-5233/3939.

Hello, someone call me from +1 (954) 429-8238 when I answer the call the person on the other end, which is a male stated hello and disconnected the call, when I tired calling back it stated the number I call is no longer in service

Got a call from a Colorado number just now stating it was Oscar White badge #cr2546 case #ck846042 very suspicious i hung up he called back 3 times in less than 5 minutes.
(720)694-8808

I’ve received 5 recorded messages from different Long Beach, California numbers today, each message said there’s an issue with my Social Security. I keep hanging up and blocking but it hasn’t stopped them.

Beware of 202 714 3892. They call stating that there is a legal case against you and your benefits are in jeopardy if you do not answer the call. When continue a person answer stating that is the Social Security and when request to be remove from the phone list they hangup!

What if I got a call from a number saying that they suspended my ssn but all they got was just two parts of my name?? They did that and just hung up

They've called me twice so far today with the Texas scam. Caller ID showed a local phone number both times. I didn't answer.

I received a call from someone claiming my social security number was suspended. Here's the number they called from if it will help someone else: (270) 423-5049.

I keep getting these messages from #443-391-8873 saying my SS number is going to be susppended

The phone # that was used was 800-703-1190

they said i had people using my social in idaho calforina texas the state wyomhing alambma all over julia anns kinner at 22390 tom perrin road ponchatoula 70454

Received voicemail today from 720-548-3480 (Denver) saying there was illegal activity on my soc sec number and an arrest warrant would be released if I didn't call them back. Reported to FTC. And blocked. They never give up, do they?

I have gotten several of these calls recently. They are the 'this is the Social Security Administration and your account has been frozen due to suspicious fraudulent activity' variety. I think they may have gotten my number from a response to an ad on Facebook. UGH!! Different numbers every time. 479-297-2395; 479-274-4101; 479-256-0198.

Just received my call from Telephone # 217308651

They called me from this number 509 524 9631 and left a message.

Just Got a Phone Calls Saying From The Social Security Office. That My Number being used For Drug smuggling and others Too The Number Is 508-380-2700 had Identity Thief in My House. From a Fake Nurse From Nizhoni Health System. Send Her Girlfriend To My House, and Stole All My Billing information's never Had This Problem in My Life. I Contact The F.B I And License Bureau too I Wants Justice

I just received a call from "Social Security" stating that my SS account is suspended due to suspicious activity. " Please respond by pressing number 1 on your phone.
I know it is a scam, I just want other people to know about the potential call.

Over the last few days I have been getting a lot of calls with a recording saying that my SS Card has been blocked due to criminal activity:
571-455-9178 / 9777 / 9017 / 7616
That is just the numbers I have tracked so far today.

I get at least 5-7 calls a day. this is crazy!!! I just keep blocking the numbers. Wish that they could be traced. is there nothing Social Security can do????????

I received back-to-back calls from someone claiming my social security number was suspended. Here are the numbers they called from.
7049905291 7049131973 7049590406 7049264001

Hoping this will help someone else

Got a call around 3pm with a recording saying my SSI number was linked with a crime. Press 1 for info. It was an international call originating from the Dominican Republic. Number had International prefix with my number mixed in with a few other numbers

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