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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.

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

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

I just got like 3 calls in a row from the same number saying my ssn was used in Texas. I told him I heard about this scam and he hung up on me! The number was (410) 202-0166

I usually get only one or two junk calls a day but today it was different I got a call everyone hour from the same first three numbers (907) so I finally answered like the eighth one and they told me my SNN has been used in fraudulent activity, like you said it was in Texas and they found my information in an abandon car with drugs ect... it was very realistic and I sort of believed them DO NOT BELIEVE THESE CALLS BECAUSE OF THE BIG WORDS, LONG DESCRIPTIVE STORIES AND THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE CALLED YOU MORE THAN A NORMAL SPAM WOULD!!! I feel stupid and I gave the the last 4 digits of my ssn and I really hope nothing happens! I’m stupid and I should have known!

I just got the same automated call on my business line. 800-201-3808

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.

16464228792 this number just called me and told me the same thing and said that they were from New York and said that I had a warrant out for my arrest cuz my social security number was used in fraudulent activity is this real or what

I received 3 calls inside an hour says SS# is used in Fraud!!!
Robot call!!!
Dont be fooled

The same thing happen to me and I don’t know what to do should i Change my social or what

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.

I got some calls a while back that my SS# had been used at the border in Texas. I did report to SSA. Today I received a call that my SS# had been suspended due to suspicious activity from this number (855)207-1892.
Yup always follow your gut instinct.

Never, Never, Never give out any information on the phone to these scammers. Social Security Adm will never call you for this information.

Everything you guys have been telling me it happened to me I was scared at first and I was a fool to follow all the directions but I put a hold oh my gift cards the person that spoke to me was Michael Davis he gave me numbers 410-424-6844 another one was 1-800-662-0981 and 1-800-662-1377 I'm so glad I look this up and I seen everyone's talking about thank you I really hope they catch these people

I just received a call (went to voicemail) from (888)211-7770 saying my SS# was being suspended due to suspicious activity. First I wanted to see what the SS office phone number was, then I found this group of comments under “scams”. Thank you for the info.

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”.

I received the same call saying the same thing. What happened in your case

I i had a frudent call

I got the same exact call but from a PA number 412.314.4420. Good to know it's a scam call.

What happens if you actually gave your info?

Same thing happened to me. I accidentally gave them my last 4 and full name. Can they do something with that?

I literally just got that same call a lady calling left a message saying I needed to call them back right away my social security number was being used and if I don't contact them back they will be seeing me in front of a judge when I contacted the number I got back which was area code 610-465-8078 the man told me that my social security number was being used and a crying and taxes with bunch of credit card bunch of bank accounts car loans rental car loans he proceeded to say a house is rated where there was drugs and it was credit cards with my name on them that I needed to help them find the people he asked what my name was which I told him in the beginning but he started asking my social security number and I said I don't feel comfortable giving it to he said what's your last four digits I gave him my last 4 digits now I'm kind of worried so now I'm doing all these different things to do identity. Just to make sure

hey! i got the same phone call today and even i confirmed my last 4 digits of my ssn and my full name but i didnt give my full ssn. i am really worried and i dont know what to do now. would this create any problem now or in the near future?

Did anything happen after you gave out your name and the last 4 digit f your ssn?

The same happened to me this afternoon. I stupidly gave them my last 4 SSN and my name. However, I didn't give them any other substantive information. Retrospectively, I should have been wiser and more cautious. BTW, the number I received is 866-297-1926. I hope the government or FBI should crack down on this.

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

They just left me a voicemail.

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