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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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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.

+19067840324

Got a call from this number.
Scam

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...
800.408.3321
800.209.8061
786.753.8724

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..
+18002446002

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 want to know the same thing. I am getting 5 calls+ a day from them. In my profession, I get calls all day long that I don't recognize, so I can't just ignore calls. So frustrating.

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

I G OT ONE OF THE IT WAS FROM TX A OFFICER KELLY JONES THE PHONE NUMBER USED WAS 830-202-2121 THE PLACE IN TX WAS CALLED COTULLA TX

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.

They said the exact same thing to me! And I live in Chicago!

I got the call Tonight that my SSN was somehow involved in a crime in Texas. It's terrifying.

I GOT THAT CALL THIS MORNING. 11-22-19. I REPORTED TO

: OIG.SSA.GOV

I got the call too -- thank you for the website, I reported it.

470 437 4233 social security said my social security number is being cancelled lmao please give us your social security number immediately so we can stop this activity immediately..

9042637499 from el paso texas saying they found an abandoned car with 22pounds of coke and blood and 2 fraud checks cashed under my name for over 500k etc etc a warrant was issued and all this mess so i gave him the address to the sherrifs office here and he hung up

Did anyone contact back to you and fix your SSN?

i just received the same call (from phone number 469-423-6383) that my social security number was involved in a crime and the DEA was issuing a warrant for my arrest for drug traffic charges. it was scary!!

I received the call from all sorts of numbers 1 number in particular was a bank in my town and the Foreigner( its always someone with an accent) said they were from Social Security and I told him they were not from Social Security and to please stop calling me. They hung up so I called that number back and the people at my local bank answered so I don't know how they're doing it but the calls are coming from all different area codes even with different company names and People names.

I have found that it only happens after doctor's visits. The doctor's staff are the only people we give the SS numbers to. Take the whole family for the yearly checkup.... And then the calls ensue. I have a family member who works at the FCC and he has filed the paperwork to have the FCC formally look into our case.
The doctor has no right to your SS number. The doctor may be a good person, but who know who he contracts out to for payment? Refuse to give the whole number. Or any. If pressed, give the last 4 digits.

They need your social security number to verify your insurance and i I highly doubt that people associated with the medical offices are going to make this rediculous effort.

They don’t need your Social Security number unless they’re planning on sending you to collections and even then secure numbers not supposed to be use for ID even says that on your SS and card they want to bill your insurance you’ll give them a policy number not a Social Security number same thing with Medicare and Medicaid they are new unique IDs that have nothing to do with your Social Security number to prevent fraud.

The doctor's office doesn't need your SSN if you have your insurance information with you. I work for a large health insurance company. A number of years ago a law was passed PREVENTING insurance companies from using your SSN as you insurance member number.

Have you been in contact with a local SSA field Office. I got my scam calls on the same day I received letters and emails from SSA. I thought it was a coincidence the first time and then my roommate was standing here with me the second time. Friday I got five emails from ssa confirming a review to their office, later in the afternoon between 2 and 5 central time I get 5 scam calls. This tells me each call is generated by a confirmation of mail delivered.

Correlation does not necessarily equal causation. I got a call from them and I havent done any of this lately. They are trying to GET your social and info, not already have it.

I got calls today 1/02/2020 saying this same thing. I live in Virginia. Calls came from 601-996-5532, Robert Dawson. He claimed to be a Senior Social Security officer. I reported this

I got a call today from 9795572012 area code Baycity, TX. Same message I just blocked the number.

Same thing happened to me on friday and just this morning. They are using an 863 area code now. Smh ssa needs to do something about this.

i literally just received the exact same call w exact info sopposid "officer mark lewis" told me...scary thing is i used to live in texas so i was horrified "

I just got the exact same call saying the exact same thing. They've called 4 times in 6 hours

I received a similar call like that this morning, from the following number: 443.227.5969.

They called saying my ssn has shown fraudulent activity and an warrant has been issued, they are calling from 512-649-3268/ the numbers start with 512 and also they give a bogus name along with a so-call ID number as if its legit

Robotic call received twice today
‭1 20289800466‬
Washington DC

just got that one just now. Called the number back expecting nothing, but some lady answered saying social security fraud division..i just hung up. #254-308-0619.

When people say your SSN has been used in a crime, do they tell you the SSN or use your name? The call I got today said that my SSN had been suspended, but they never mentioned the actual number or who they thought I was. And the call started with "Dear Citizen". So they wouldn't have had to know anything at all before calling, unless I responded and told them my information. Maybe the crime version is different, though.

I got two messages from two different numbers today saying the same thing. They are blocked and reported as spam.

Got the same yesterday and today. Different numbers same msg. The funniest thing is that I live in Quebec, Canada and easy for me to know if its a scam; if it be true, the msg would be in french. Lol

Same thing today i was damn near ready to Kill myself over this type if call today

Ha! You got that right!

I pressedone got someone to answer told them come ge t me I need the vacation click lol

Amen to that! How about that! Why can't we use our taxpayer-funded CIA to find out who these scammers are or where these calls are coming from?

I got calls from this #908 425 8785
that claimed to be the federal government, when I called back I was hung up on twice the 3rd time a woman answered and was very nasty with me when I explained why I was calling.Something isn't right.

I would bet that the number was spoofed. They simply made up a number that belonged to an actual innocent person.

You are so right. Surely these people can be found, it just takes too much effort. If someone evades paying their taxes, you better believe they'd find them even if they were in Siberia!

You say that the FTC are doing their job but you don't provide any information to back that up.

I got the same message and also had this message a few months ago. I reported it to SSA. They called me today every 15 mins all day long. I have numbers not in my contact list blocked and they can only leave a message. I am keeping these messages in case they are needed.

Its impossible or nearly impossible to catch these people...most are overseas and laws in their countries protect them. We have to be vigilant and never send money. Don't count on other people to protect you...the best thing you can do is protect yourself.

Now days u don't know what's real or fake I have been dealing with these scammers now two years I catch them all the time I know how they use people I have seen faces I have place here in USA where I have sent money you think anyone will listen. Hello you stop them here they can't do a thing. They working out of Canada as well. I know they monitor these chat forums.

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