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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 ftc.gov/complaint.

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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.

First, yes. People need to be smart enough not to fall for this BS.
But stopping the calls would be great to protect against them also. Not just financially. I work 6 hours on and six hours 24 hours a day 28 days at a time. You can imagine I don’t get much restful sleep. My phone is for my wife to contact me in case of emergencies. Then these calls among others that constantly keep me up. Fake calls about the SSA, cars extended warranty and so on. It never ends.

just gotmy 40th phone indicating my ss # has been suspended d/t fraudulent use. I know this is fraudulent but figured I'd have fun. Pushed 1 to talk to someone who identifies themself as a ss administration employee. I told them this message us being recorded & I part of the fraud division of and then they hung up fast! Then blocked the number which is effective for about a day.

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.

Same thing happened to me today and I gave them my son number now I'm worried that something bad is going to happen

Happened to me today. I filed a complaint. They called me at a regular 714 number. I called back and someone answers and hangs up on me. They also said there’s a warrant out for me and to get a lawyer and asked for my banking information.

Today I received a scam call, I did not pick up the phone. So the message was left on my answering machine. Said, my social sercurity number was suspended and suspicious activity was found! The number I had the call from was 321-363-6508

Alerts could be sent out by phone companies . A mandatory educational notice when you purchase your phone or sign up for email. Teach kids about scammers in high school, Adults at church, or at the gas pumps . Google I know the pictures r cute but people need a message, a learning link. How do you know a scammer? Ask them all the questions, answer them none.
Once I a female, got an African foreigner on my friends David's phone , he did not know David was mans name. It's easy to be smarter. Tell then your the police

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..

im so sorry this happened to you. contact the real SSN at the number at the top of the page

I get about 4-5 of these a day, I block the number and the call from another one. I answered one yesterday and he gave me his name, "Chris Harper" (this guy had a VERY heavy accent) and his "badge number" 971583, and my "case number, "DMC701. He said that my social security number had been used to open accounts with 14 different banks/credit cards in EL PASO TEXAS. His number was a NY number. He said that there was an arrest warrant #47MLS215 out for me for money laundering and drug trafficking. He said an officer would be here at my house tomorrow. When I asked him where I lived, he said the city and state, but couldn't say the address for security reasons. I didn't give him my social or any other information, but are the people who are being scammed out of thousands of dollars giving them numbers or is it just being stolen after a conversation?

I just got a call from Texas 254-791-5497. I talked with two People, May Sancer and Mike Davis. They told me more or less the same story. They gave me their ID numbers and case number. The phone number they called was 254-791-5497. I am calling the SSN number now since this is frightening!

I normally do good aboit not falling for it but I gave them the last four of my social same story. Im so frustrated with myself. What harm can come of that?? I'm scared I messed up.

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.

it means nothing. It is another scM to get you to call to pay a "fine" completely bogus. If you have any other concerns it is best for you to call SSA so you know who you are talking to. Scam callers can use an app to change the caller ID. So they can call you from a cell phone but your caller ID will say it is SSA calling. Best to hang up on these guts and call SSA yourself

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

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