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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?

Round Rock, Texas 5/13/19 I got a call from 1 (800)185-1220 they told me that my social security number was being investigated asked me for my address and the last four of my social security he sounded like he was from India but I can be wrong. When I called back the phone was disconnected. It is a scam. Don't give anyone any information about your self over the phone.

5/13/19. Got a call from a Maryland number. Same thing telling me my ssn is being investigated and to call back before legal action is taken. What a world we live in.

I just got a call from MD 410-226-3059
Saying my SS# was compromised and asked to return the call to discuss the case with SS Investigating Officer.

Fortunately, my RoboKiller app blocked the call and kept the recording for me to hear. They called twice within one hour. BE CAREFUL!

I got a call yesterday May 14th, 2019 from that number saying that my social security number is suspended to click 1 to find out. When I clicked the number 1 some Indian lady answered asking for my address and zip code then asked for my middle initial and said she'd call back. Then I looked this up and everyone is saying it is a scam. I got this call out of no where as well.

This just happened to me as well, it was 718 717 2890. He sounded like he was from India as well. I had received a call and missed it and so there was a voicemail saying something about suspicious activity on my social and legal actions being taken against me. I called back and he wanted me to verify information with him and promised me it was safe because the call was secured with the FBI. I just hung up. I didn't trust him. Wow.

Outstanding - please continue to add more of these ! Keep up the good work FTC !

Usually if its legit anything government related they send something by mail and won't call.

I called social security cause they had once told me they wouldn't ask me for my social security number. Also I did call the number back and the person had a accent and I just hung up. Now I just received another secret shopper scam. What's wrong theses days.

Recently received a phone call and they told me that my social security number is about to be suspended. The number is 1 866 208 3523 ! Be aware people. The lady sounded robotic and asked me if i wanted to speask to an agent to press 1. But i simply hung up.

Yeah I called the number back the number was 347-809-3380, when they answered I heard a bunch of noise of a bunch of people having conversations over the phone with other people, so I pretended like I was worried and asked him well what is my Social Security he read off some random number that wasn't mine and I just hung up I said wow these fools ,at any rate that is one of the number they call from up above , I feel it's better to post what the numbers they're calling from so that other people will know.

Recieved the Same call on 03/25. Different number (682)615-1824

Just got call from 979-353-4764 robot voice saying my social security # is being checked for fraudulent activity to call this # back. I did and couldn't understand anything he was saying I told him his # comes up on phone being a scam, not falling for it. These people need to be stopped , all of them 20 calls or more a day by scammers on government do not call list they still all, block their #s, they call from another one and use different name, can tell same person tho. They all need to be stopped even the ones for medical braces ,& meds thru the mail just need your insurance info they are all frauds!!!!

I just got a robo call about fraud and legal action if I didn't call back and settle it before they filed charges I have severe ptsd and anxiety which in turn cause aggoraphobic episodes, it took me a bit to find out it was fraud. The call immediately triggered my issues. These scammers must be stopped. I would never do anything fraudulent, I keep a roof over my kids heads with my benefits.... What horrid people do this to others???

So just received the same type of call .. from 929-246-2586. call before charges are filed is what the system said ..

My husband and I have received several calls and txt messages today. I myself have received 4 calls and the record message left 2 messages (all the same message). I started blocking the calls and they call on a new line. These are the numbers that cave called me today... 888-810-0720 (called 2 times and left a message), 888-810-0729 (called and left a message), and 888-810-0822. Beware.

I too got 4 calls from 888-810-0965
888-810-0974
888-810-0980
888-810-0983
all 1-2 hr.s apart, re SSN scam- left message. Seniors beware!

Received a call from 1866.647.4459 called it back to see because i knew they were a fraud. When they answered I asked them where their headquarters was located and they hung up in my face

I’ve been getting a lot of calls from all these numbers listed above and some of these:
‭(888) 810-0513‬
‭(888) 810-0713‬
(888) 742-7683‬
Today they’re particularly aggressive and have been calling every 30 mins since 9:30am today (it’s 2pm now)... roughly 10 times. Luckily I’m not the type to be stuck to my phone so I don’t notice until I see all the missed calls afterwards so it doesn’t bother me.

I got same call from 210-361-4940. It's funny how the phone company says they can stop these fraudulent/spoofed calls if you sign up for a monthly service, but won't lift a finger if you don't. You'd think they would want to stop people from highjacking their network.

Just received same call. # was 866-719-7906

My call was from #281-734-3076. I did not answer, they left voicemail. I do not take out of state calls.

Yes they do need to be stopped and a enforcement team created to catch and prosecute them severely. Imagine how many companies nation wide are paying an employee to answer a phone. Weather it be to take a food order or simply for customer care, either way that ends up being a huge profit loss not only from the time it took them to answer a bogus call but also from the production it limited them from performing in a timely matter as they had to stop what they were doing to answer a B.S. call and in addition to that it may have blocked the ability of a real customer from connecting with that business especially if it was a small business. Huge losses if all things are considered. It may be the best solution to ID tag all phone numbers verified to an address so missuse can be prosecuted.

I just received the call from 1-866-602-8776 and I immediately hung up!!

I am in the same boat. Just got the same call. I have severe anxiety so to get a call like this always just throws my whole day. Scammers need to be stopped.

I also received this type of call for the 3rd time but different numbers. I called back. He asked for my birthday first and I said,” you tell me”. He hung up. Number 716 249 4089. Beware. Filipino accent.

Got call from 8008781165. Wanted my DOB. I said can’t give out numbers to just anyone. He said I can’t help you. I said fine, just have the Robocall call resent.
He said “Who are you?! The President of the United States??” (Yah, that was certainly something a real SSA OIG employee would say...)
I hung up. Wasted half a morning checking on call, phone numbers, calling the real SSA.
Sheesh!

I got the same phone call March 26 2019 from a number 270-2136746 saying they was the socal security office but the guy had a accent and he kept breaking up on the phone he even gave me a bagde id. But they was saying my social security number was used in Texas with I didn't believe it so beware

Same story - got this call from 877-185-1213... he would provide a case number, his employee ID and arrest warrant number and that you would be prosecuted for Money Laundering charged against the SSN. That there were 2 options to solve this: 1) to bring a criminal lawyer or 2) to settle this outside court which is called an ADR process. He claimed that for the ADR process you need to take money out from your existing bank accounts and transfer to a ‘secure wallet’ so they could differentiate which accounts were real vs fake. He would text you a barcode to create a bitcoin account - from 917-773-0816. He would ask you for your local police department number - pretending to have the conversation with the police who then called you from the police department number you provided to say you have 1.5 hours to take money out and then the new SSN will be re-issued after it’s investigated and cleared. The call will be transferred to a lady who would be on the call the entire time to make sure your phone has enough battery and you’re not allowed to disconnect and to make sure you don’t talk to anyone. She would direct you to the nearest bitcoin machine locations... hung up at the end. But beware!

Everyone, please pay attention to caller id’s. In my case - New York precinct’s phone number was correct but origin was Russia. First hint.

That happens to me today I almost fell for it I called my boyfriend right away he told me it was fraud it sounded so real

I received the same call twice this morning both times were different numbers (428)126-2620 and (347)528-1731 stating my SS Was about to be blocked, press one to continue. I didn't answer the phone, both times a voice mail was left. SCAMM BEWARE SCAMM

4/17 just got this call from 281-733-5742 Houston TX. Did not answer but they left a voice mail message to call back and press 1, etc.

Omg I just pressed 1. Do you know what will happen? I thought it was true because was filling job applications online and I was thinking I fill something wrong.

thats just happened to me, and I dont know what to do!

Nothing will happen if you press 1, as long as you dont give them any information you're perfectly fine, dont freak out.

I am tried of being harassment telemarketers telemarketers insurance company social security people just get them to stop calling me please

I just got a scammer call from 1-845-133-6997.....

I just receive a scammer call from 812-518-8776 (Newburgh, Indiana). I asked for the info in writing and he threatened to tell his fellow officer. Then he said I couldnt get an attorney....he wasn’t making sense and was very irrate when I asked questions. He gave his name as Adam Johnson police badge number 74-15186, then have me a case number DC 7010. I’m so glad I looked up this and found this.

That’s illegal to pretend to be police. File a report!

I got the same robotic call from Texas number 512 534 4671.

got same message I did call them back did not give them any info i said u called me u should have all the info u ask me for and then they hung up.

New number associated with this scam: 678 661 9168

they are also now using 1-210-405-2005

4/29/19 -- Received a call from 1-866-145-1213 saying that my SS was about to be suspended if I didn't dispute fraudulent activity. Told to press 1 to speak to an agent but decided to hang up bc this is right after tax season so anyone they call would have just used their social to login to do any sort of tax payments online, filing, etc.

Received a social security call claiming my say number was about to be suspended.
Phone number is 8770831213

May 13, 2019
1/724 610-9552 Just received a call and the left a messasge my SS number has bee suspended due to suspicious activity so I need to call them back asap! They left a full message and said when I call back to press 1. Please catch them they can get someone who will give them all there information and lose everything! Catch them!

the number was 1 866 542 4002
the transcription beta of the voicemail is
"Spend you _____ number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you this call is from the department of social security administration the reason you have ______ call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your social security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you..." literally written from my phone.
I called the number back suspicious, and it said that it was no longer in service!
Underneath the number, my phone also says unknown.
Also, when I replay the same ssn scam voicemail, I get a different voicemail instead! The different voicemail is about an expiring vehicle or something that says it was sent April 22, 2019. It is only April 17th!!! Like the ssn scam voicemail got replaced by a vehicle scam vm instead.
This is just crazy.

Thanks for all this info..i receieved 3calls in less than an hour today ..recorded message each time. I called back,he tells me he is from ss admin, i asked from what state..he replies taxes! I said which is it...taxes or ss? He hung up!

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