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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 just had a call from the same number, a scam

I got the same call today on 5/22/2019. Twice. Once from Ohio and the other from Kansas. It has me all kinds of spooked.

Hello yes I to got a call from saying my social sercurty was being suspened in no way say or ssi will ever do that they say that to us even never give out any information ever

No reason to be spooked. Just a scammer and harmless unless you call back and give them any information. Sad world that we live in that we have to deal with this. I get quite a few of them as well. Just let voicemail take my calls unless it’s from a select trusted few. Just delete the message. The IRS, SSA, and your financial institutions will reach out to you via mail...not a phone call. If you do think it may be from a legitimate person, tell them that you’re going to hang up and call them back at a known good number...NOT a number the caller gives you.

Thank you for posting your comment. You’re a voice of reason. Very unfortunate there’s so much of this happening. I too get many of these calls. Most of the time I don’t answer them. On the occasion I’ve answered, I find the callers to be mostly men with foreign accents that are bullies. Be careful everyone!

I just got a call from some man with an accent who gave me his name as William Brown and a badge number 118526 and said he is from the DEA. Same social security number is being used by drug traffickers....they had several people under suspicion who they were watching.....asked me if I wanted the names of some they suspected.....named my four sons! I told him I needed to make a phone call and would call him back. He suggested I use another number than the official DEA number because I might be put on hold..... Did not give him any info......Scary phone call....I got to thinking....would someone named William B
rown have a strong foreign accent?

I got this call on Monday. It went to my voice mail. I mean who would fall for this stuff. First off Social Security does not outsource to A India call center.

I got a call from a "Officer William Brown" who left a computer generated voice sounding message. I didn't call back. I googled to see if it was a scam and I see it is. I wonder how these people are getting information? I recently applied for a loan so I'm wondering if some information was compromised.

My call went by said it was a federal magistrate to get back to this agent we left the number but nobody ever answered is always out of service is that is that one of them calls or is that real cuz I also didn't get my check for some reason this month but they said my number be blocked not suspended

I just got a call 5/21/2019 from (410)609-4664, from an automated robot saying something similar. I pressed 1 for more information, was routed to a man with an asian accent, who had my first, middle and last names, with my address. He said his name was Eric Willson, with an SSM### account for my record keeping. I hung up, they tried callin me back 3 times from (410)4067798 with no voicemail.

That’s weird his name changed within 2 days lmao his name 2 day was John

Just got the same call today.

I got calls from California 310-601-8320 Monday; Waco, Texas today 254-307-7533; and Indiana 812-269-1038 all stating "Kindly call back to us at the earliest possible before we begin the legal proceedings on our number 812-269-1038 I repeat 812-269-1038 thank you" I called back and when the foreign woman began speaking saying she was with the "Social Security" and that my "social security is being investigated" I just laughed and said "oh this must be one of those scams, the Social Security Administration doesn't call you!" and the lady hung up on me. LOL.

I got a call from Texas today - 254-232-2495

I received a similar call indicating: ⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ security administration and the reason you have received this phone call from _⁠_⁠_ department is to inform you that there is legal enforcement actions filed on your Social Security number for fraudulent activities so when you get this message kindly call back to us at the earliest possible before we begin with the legal proceedings contact us on our number that is 202-380-9613 I repeat 202-380-9613 make sure you call us as soon as possible…”

I just received a call from Texas 281 area code saying the same exact thing. I did not call back and hung up in the middle of it.

I received a call today from this number 203-701-7088 I didn’t answer but the automated message said the exact same thing.

I too received this message from (253)787-5816. That if I wanted to speak to an officer to press 1. When I did press 1 the call dropped. I called back but it said I dialed an invalid number.

I also just received a call from an automated message saying that my social security number had been compromised and to avoid
arrest and ending up in court to call this number 1-518-673-7063 I knew it was a scam my daughter got the same message two months ago thank god we knew that it was a scam.

I just got a call from Cadillac Michigan saying the same security number under investigation and I will get arrested blah blah blah ..,first off it’s 6:30am , I’m half sleep...I felt like it was a scam but I called the number back..the guy sounded Asian and asked for my full name and full ss# ..I asked why did I get this call and he said he needed that info first to pull up my records ...I said no thank you and rolled back over on my pillow lol! I group text my family later on to protect them so thanks everyone for posting your story.

I just got a call similar saying my social is involved in fruad and to call back before they take legal action. The call came from texas.

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.

I received this message today. Did not press 1. Worried as this just started when I check my info in Equifax website since my number was one affected in breach. I hope that was not a scam also (Equifax website).

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.

I received the same call today from this number 1(281)2130074 cypress tx they tell me threats as you are going to have consequences and press the number 1 to talk to someone and I just hang up the call

Got the same call from 513-296-2520 suspected it immediately. do not respond !

I received the same call today from this number 1(281)2130074 cypress tx they tell me threats as you are going to have consequences and press the number 1 to talk to someone and I just hang up the call

Just the call 366 931 7075 caller ID says US government. My SS # has been suspended because I have suspicions actively

Yesterday I got same call and I gave my last 4 digit SSN. I am also thinking they from India because of their pronounciation. I am very worry about that issue.

I did the same thing and hope you continued to research because your comment is dated. All they need is the last four. File a complaint with the FDC. First, though, learn how to freeze pissible credit checks with Experian, TransUnion and the other credit reporting bureau to prevent them from opening credit cards in your name. Everything you need to know is on the web and much of it is on this site.

It just happend to my wife

Thank you for posting your comment. I just had the same call. I told them I would have to talk later. I blocked the number.

This exact call happened to me. I gave them the last 4 digits of my social security number. I'm so afraid they will be able to use my information. I don't know what to do?

I recieved the same call 7-08/7-09-19.. same thing with my social, yesterday when I told him I had no money in my bank account he hung up. He did sound like he was from India claimed his name was Rick Smith and gave me a "badge" number. Today I just hung up when I heard the same recording

Same exact thing here, but different number. Indian accent, same scam.

I got a call from Texas as well saying my social security number was being investigated for fraudulent activities and when I called back it defiantly sounds like a man from India I wouldn’t give him any of my information he told me I could go to my near by office to see if was real

I own a business that advertises on the internet. I get more than my fair share of scam calls. On a daily basis I get more than ten. The SSN scam is a poor quality attempt. This starts with this line ( Your social security number is -SUSPEND- not suspended. Don' be the victim. No one calls you out of the blue to give you money. They don't send random emails either. You get free money by working your back side off for it. We do not live in a nice world so keep your eyes and ears open and you're guard up. As hard as you are working to make it someone is working that hard to steal it from you.

1 (281) 492-4831 Houston, Texas.
I didn't recognize the number so let it go to voicemail. It is a robotic sounding recording. And it also said SUSPEND-not suspended. I received my first social security deposit only 7 days ago. Suspending my SS number just didn't make sense to me. It's not like having a credit card account suspended. And Houston doesn't make sense either. Glad I found this site.

Oh Sheila, i feel horrible for you. These scamsters prey on people who they sense are vulnerable. I have older friends who have been scammed and its almost impossible to get the money back. The credit card maybe. But these scamsters are in other countries, and they're nearly impossible to trace. They don't keep your money in american bank accounts so the us government has very little way to get it back from them. Its horrible. Hope you can lift yourself from this and rebuild. You have your kids and your health.

I have had several calls thank god i didnt fall for it also today a few minutes ago i get a call from a private number saying it was social security and that there has been fraud on my account amd they've issued a warrant for my arrest Lol this time i have no number or nothing please guys DO NOT FALL FOR THIS EVER ITS ALL A SCAM TO TAKE YOUR MONEY...

I received the same phone call which was telling that you ssn no is used for some illegal activities and unfortunately I gave my last SSN i am worried about it, is there any one to tell me what to do after given last four ssn

Your bank should protect you by reversing the funds.

My friend just came over upset because these same people called her. What I thought was interesting is a lot of these stories are from Women who have lost their husbands in the past couple of years.

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!!!!


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