Fake calls about your SSN

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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.

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?

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.

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 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

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

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

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

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.

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.

I have gotten a call, AND an e-mail, asking for the last 4 digits of my social within the last month. I refused them since there was NOTHING I'd done in years that required my SSN. The result was some very vicious e-mails and one call that indicated the SS Office as the caller in the CID. I did not answer it, but what I did do was wait past the first ring, answered, and before the second ring, hung up, and never received another such call but there's still time since that was only a week or so ago.
I parsed the e-mail, threw out the obfuscations, detected the actual sender, and filed a complaint immediately.

Now, if the stupid captcha let's me thru, I'll send this. Otherwise as so often happens I never make it through it.

Yes I received a FAKE CALL SSN pre-recorded . The pre-recorded message said some has been my SSN . They asked me to to call a toll free number . I hung up area code 7XX . DONOT respond to Social Security Administration will never call you .

I received this call saying my ssi number had been suspended

I just received a call saying my SS Card had been suspended due to fraudulent activity

got the same message here and the number showing is (508) 401-5955

Same here from575-066-463 today
4/29/19 FTC complaint

i just recieved a call stating my ssn has been compomised that my ssn is going to be suspended i blocked number and hung up.

I received a cell call today from 1 847-737-7751 claiming to be social security and stating that there has been fraud suspected on my account and to contact you at the number above. It was a recorded message, not a real person. It asked me to call the number above to discuss the issue. I did not call back.

I received the same message last week in Georgia. Just hung up and added the number to my auto reject list, but they just called from another number with the same message.

I received a phone call this morning, they told me the same thing, fraudulent activity on my Social Security Account, they wanted me to call back. I did not.

I just got the same call today. I'm in New York state. I didn't recognize the number (actually came up labeled spam on my caller idea) so I let my machine get it. The recording said the same thing. I didn't call back.

I just got one on my cell phone, Robo call and said that my SS had been suspended and to call the 800 number. Will not call them back as this is not how Social Security contacts people.

I had called and told the SSA about call I got on my Cell their number but I knew it wasn't them , but I wanted to inform them about this but I was sure they may have already knew and , she asked all the normal questions one would .. but she said that it was not them which I knew, cause they do not contact you on your cell phone but I just wanted to give them the information if someone else hadn't already callrd them and told them ,that someone was using there #.. I wish these lowlife would get a life already. Thank you FTC always being up 2 date on everything and so fast.. I know you can't always do so much about it but you do what you can ,cause they move so fast one to the next one....

How timely - I received this call yesterday from 325-218-0234.

2 suggestions:
1-can the FTC ask all phone providers to better manage ID; we pay a monthly fee for it, but cannot trust what is shown???..We got calls with so-called US Gov, or out of area; we know these were scams bec of the accent and they treat us if we do not pay... we ignored all.
2- Can the FTC work with Captcha to improve the quality of pics??? some are too dark, or blurred, or to small to see, for seniors;. my old relatives ( 70yo+) gave up after 3 times.
Thanks and Happy holidays

I would like to see the FTC crack down on US business that still continue to ask for social security number for no reason. Yesterday at a doctor's office, I was asked for my SS number. (not just the last 4). I asked why and they said "it's for the insurance company". I replied that the doctor's office already has my insurance number and a copy of the card. So I have to assume this is to make it easier for the doctor's office to put a bad debt mark on my credit report if I fail to pay the bill. I told them I did not give out that info. Remember, only entities that pay you money and must report to the IRS can ask for your SS number. No one else has the right to this information.

It's good to be cautious about sharing your Social Security number. But, you didn't list all the entities that can ask for your Social Security number.

Your employer and financial institutions need your SSN for wage and tax reporting purposes. A business may ask for your SSN so they can check your credit when you apply for a loan, rent an apartment, sign up for utility service, or purchase a mobile phone. You need to give your SSN when you request your free annual credit report, and place a credit freeze.

It's good to be cautious about sharing your Social Security number. But, you didn't list all the entities that can ask for your Social Security number.

Your employer and financial institutions need your SSN for wage and tax reporting purposes. A business may ask for your SSN so they can check your credit when you apply for a loan, rent an apartment, sign up for utility service, or purchase a mobile phone. You need to give your SSN when you request your free annual credit report, and place a credit freeze.

It's good to be cautious about sharing your Social Security number. But, you didn't list all the entities that can ask for your Social Security number.

Your employer and financial institutions need your SSN for wage and tax reporting purposes. A business may ask for your SSN so they can check your credit when you apply for a loan, rent an apartment, sign up for utility service, or purchase a mobile phone. You need to give your SSN when you request your free annual credit report, and place a credit freeze.

Many insurance companies require doctor's offices to use your social security number as a means of proving you are a patient there. Without that id confirmation, they will reject the claim, then the doctors office will end up having to bill you for the full fee, which will make most people angry at the doctor and their staff. It's an ugly cycle. Most doctors don't want to keep the massive amount of information they are required by federal and state regulations. But, if they want to practice and get paid for their work, they have to acquire the information, and put up with angry people who don't want to understand the real reason for gathering the information.

I got a call with that exact scam. The perpetrators impersonate federal officers and have the audacity to ask you if you are going to cooperate with their investigation or they should proceed charging you of all kinds of crimes. They even offer names and badge numbers, which of course cannot be verified.

I have gotten at least three calls per day all month. So far. I just pick it up, look at the usual "SSI" showing who the caller is, and set it down and they hang up pretty quick. Why would I want to talk to anyone from Social Security anyway!?!

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