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Earlier this month, we told you about a growing scam: people pretend to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. That scam is now growing exponentially. To compare: in 2017, we heard from 3,200 people about SSA imposter scams, and those people reported losing nearly $210,000. So far THIS year: more than 35,000 people have reported the scam, and they tell us they’ve lost $10 million.

Here’s what one of those scam calls sound like:

Scammers are saying your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity, or because it’s been involved in a crime. Sometimes, the scammer wants you to confirm your SSN to reactivate it. Sometimes, he’ll say your bank account is about to be seized – but he’ll tell you what to do to keep it safe. (Often, that involves putting your money on gift cards and giving him the codes – which, of course, means that your money is gone.)

Oh, and your caller ID often shows the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) when these scammers call – but they’re faking that number. It’s not the real SSA calling.

Here's what to know:

  • Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended. You don’t have to verify your number to anyone who calls out of the blue. And your bank accounts are not about to be seized.
  • SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer. Every time.
  • The real SSA number is 1-800-772-1213, but scammers are putting that number in the caller ID. If you’re worried about what the caller says, hang up and call 1-800-772-1213 to speak to the real SSA. Even if the wait time is long, confirm with the real SSA before responding to one of these calls.
  • Never give any part of your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Or your bank account or credit card number.

If you get one of these calls, tell the FTC at

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I have filed a complaint with the FTC back in June or July that I was scammed out of $26,000 and 4000 on my credit card but now I have heard nothing yet I don't know whether or not I will get a reply back or any of my money back and they were talking about win money at that time now I'm getting calls from people that says Facebook Lottery they tried to pull the same stunt as they did to me back in May and of course I lost all that money because having just lost my husband I thought I was doing something good for my children but I was being scammed not by one person but by 5 I want to know why no one has helped me or has found out anything I had given the FTC all the information and no one has replied back thank you sincerely Sheila G Gomez

This is another scam. The government paying people that are supposed to be helping people. They don't do anything such as Consumer Protection. They too should be reported. They can clearly see you're being beaten out of your money, but wont lift a finger to help against fradulent businesses . Our tax dollars should not go to support these agencies. Write or call your congressman and demand to know why these government agencies aren't doing the job we pay them to do?

lovly” you are 100 percent wrong. FTC is helping - trying to stop these calls.

we can find a man in a cave half way across the world, but we can't find out who is making these scam calls?

My wife lost 30K+ by these scam call, I was able to get in touch with them 2nd time by calling to say we have more money in the bank so that police can track, while the scammer on the call I went to police station and ask them to track it down now, they said they can't. What a shame, we don't have technology to nail down these scammers, no-one helping us none of the government organization Police, FBI, FTC, Social security office, Senator you name it. We have complained everywhere we can. All of them taking reports but no action, It’s my hardly earned money is gone with the name of trusted government agencies. What Government doing about it ?.

You are incorrect in that the technology *does* exist to track these scammers.

It just is hard to do, because of the number of companies which need to cooperate in order to set up a system to do this with any amount of frequency. These companies have no interest in cooperating because they make money off the scam calls.

Phone companies domestically could change their systems to make it harder to spoof numbers, but they have no interest in doing so because they make money off the scam calls. Not a lot of money, but adding the lost revenue to the cost of fixing their system, it's not an attractive value proposition.

Private companies are not interested in fixing the problem, at least not in the way it needs to be fixed (cell companies are happy to provide "scam warnings", which is inexpensive for them to do).

The answer to motivating these companies to change is government mandates. Make it more expensive *not* to fix the issue, and you'll see how quickly and efficiently it gets fixed.

If companies won’t cooperate because they are making money off the scams, then they are ALSO criminals and should be stopped. If companies refuse to help, then it should become MANDATORY to change their “systems” to stop the scams, or face prison for BEING an accessory to the crime.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure how to stop it. It just takes money, and if that money is used to stop crimes, it can’t be used for big bonuses. Let’s be honest, here.

They are PHONE CALLS; the best way to stop it is for the receivers of these calls to wise up.

I just received a phone message from SSA supposedly there is an arrest warrant for me what does this mean?

It's not real, the SSA would never tell you this, a more local agency would.

Messages are frightening me.
I do nothing against the law but today received different voice not that monotone man but an officer Kelly.
I hang up. Call came from Virginia, not prepared knowing how to record phone calls that come in. Wouldn't they write to me as all Social Security correspondence is done ?

Nobody would. If there is a real arrest warrant for you, you'll find out when the local sheriffs department knocks on your door. They don't call you. Ever.

Yes, this is a scam. Look it up.

My son just got 1 of these too. "You're ssn has been used in a crime. Call immediately or we will issue an arrest warrant". Automated robotic call. I laughed and told him to hang up.

I got one too, identical to this one.

I just received the exact same call. 11-21-2019

Yeah, just for that call today. Laughed and hung up. I read more about the scam on reddit; and these guys target older people or fresh college grads. If you fit in this category HANG UP.

Yes. I got this call coming from number +1-667-200-0636.
Same content from robo call that my SSN has been used in crime. .. 2x within a day.

I got this same call today. I normally don’t answer numbers not saved in my phone but I was expecting a call...... 510.241.0643 was the number. I watch this all the time on TV. Scamming is real y’all!!! These people have to much time on their hands, they need to use this same energy to get a real job

I get one of those calls multiple times a day! It's annoying!!

Not real. I got the same thing a while ago. I freaked out. Gave them my SS number. Then I called my sister. She said, "you did what?!" Apparently everybody knew about this scam except me.

And something happened with your account or SS?

did they use your SSN or just want money?

Did they use your Ssn? I did the same I scared

What happened next, because I’m freaking out the same thing happened to me. Now I’m trying to fill out a report.

I got the SAME CALL today

Doesn't mean anything they trying to scare you into giving them money

Comon, law enforcement really wanted to arrest you they would be at your door and/or send you an official letter. It's a scam, just like the other scams of idiots pretending to be DEA agents. You have nothing to worry about, I get these messages in Chinese language also, lol .. because my wife is Chinese.

I just got a call from a number in texas saying that they r from the ss office and that my ss number and name were invled in a crime and that a warrant was out for me, he said it was on hold the warrant but if I pay 1000 in a gift card the warrant disappears.

This sounds like the same story I received...I was told that a car had beenrented in my name and found on the border in El Paso Tex.It had drugs in it and I had federal charges against me..After questioning me by Patrolman Anna Walker she turned me over to Sallywho worked at SSI.. She assured me that She could help me..She said my identy had been compromised and we needed to get the charges dropped and my bank account protected..She was very sharp..One step at a time she told me what I was to do..she said it was very important to keep it a secret..she had me take out money on my acct. Over 5000.00 and buy cards and give her the numbers..It seems no one can help me..I did give my sheriff the phone numbers they called from..

I have been getting the scam calls from social security and I have found that they are connected to confirmation of emails and mail they sent me. Friday I got five emails from a local social security office and in the afternoon between 2 and 5 pm central I got 5 calls scam saying I had a warrant. My roommate has had the same. The calls come on the day you receive a letter or email from SSA. NO DOUBT!

No agency would ever call you and tell you that there is a warrant for your arrest. That would give you time to escape . They would just come and arrest you.

I get calls from 8454771242 saying they are the Social Security Adminastration.... I immediately call them liars ... They call before 9a.m. and I just do not play that game....

Your post just reminded me that there is intelligent life on this planet. Thank you for taking the time to write that out.

Cant do anything when these calls are coming from overseas, which most of them are. Our federal agencies work for the US Govt and cant really control what happens in countries like oh say, Russia.

i get calls almost every day trying to scam me,and i just tell them .i,m not an idiot and i can hear many people in the background,this is a scam and i know it and so do you ,then i hang up and block the number

Unfortunately, blocking the numbers generally does nothing. Anybody can make it look like they're calling from any number very easily through VOIP/SIP phone services, which is what these scammers do. They can even have the caller ID randomized for every call automatically.

Source: Part of my job involves some interaction with and configuration of telecom services.

Use a call management app and block all calls not in your contacts file. That works very well but could be problematic. I block all calls from the area code the scammers use. If the gover0wants me they can use the mail.

More like the calls are coming from India, Africa and South America

Exactly I’ve gotten three and it’s anxiety ridden. Time “ sensitive case” am hoping they stop calling and defeat the scammers. I’m going to save the next number it calls and post it on here. Frustrating.


Got a call from this number.

I've gotten at least one call per day this week. I've blocked all calls (b/c they are dumb enough to leave VM's now, which if you have half a brain, you know immediately that by the computer-generated message that it's a scam). Here are some of the tel's I've blocked coming from SSN scams...

Don't answer. Never give them any info. And block all calls from these scammers. They'll come at you with different numbers, but at least you limit one of their extensions. Good luck!

I got this call said my social security number has been blocked..

I got a call from +18005213902

I received a call from 412-465-9159 the same sort of message.

8442093596 I got it today, BLOCKED, now if i could figure out who to report it to, so I can start a paper trail (cyber trail). Anybody out there know who to report this too?

You need to turn these numbers into the FTC call their 800 number and you will always speak to an agent. No voicemail it's a real person.

I just received a call from 1 800 256 1964. Scam!!!


The first time I got a call from the scammers, they left a message saying that my social security number had been found in a crime scene in Texas. I live in New York City and I was terrified as I am disabled. I called the SSA and send them an email as well. Everything was taken care of and I was advised not to give out any information to the scammers. I received another call similar to the one I had received and simply brushed it aside, still, there was a little apprehension but I am over it. That this is going on with the SSA is simply unacceptable and Despicable.


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