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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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Received similar voicemail message from phone # 332-877-4245 in a male robot voice stating, "This call is from the department of social security administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspended your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one...."

Definite scam attempt.

Similar scam from number 332-877-4245, received a voicemail message from a male robot voice saying they are from the Dept of Social Security and that your social security number was just suspended and to press 1 to know about this case. Aware that this is a total scam, just adding in case anyone else has been searching this number.

5 more numbers.
All the same person
All 24 seconds of voicemail
13251676393
11787869155
60787814324
1514878511
5127988530

I have received this call today and they try to I just hung up but in case if someone do get scammed what do they do in that case because they talk very seriously

Had a voice mail on the cell phone from 877-633-1213. Not the SSA’s exact number. A complete block has been put on my SS# and any benefits. Watch out everybody!!!

Received a call today regarding suspension of my SSC and benefits via 1 (877) 900-1213!

I have been getting this call several times a day, the numbers is comes from is 1-866-404-1935 or 1-866-404-1932 or 1-888-674-8564 or 1-866-404-1936. BEWARE!!!!

They called me twice yesterday and left the same robo message on my voicemail. The fake slow talking voice said they were from the Department of Social Security Administration Office and that they just suspended my SSN because of some suspicious activity and if I wanted to know more about the case I had to press 1. The number they called from was (281)-956-4122 (Houston, Texas). I ignored the messages, but really wish these people could be stopped!

Hello- we received fraudulent calls from multiple numbers from a 929 area code (929-589-7270 and 929-983-3114). Be advised that this is the same fraudulent robo caller! Stay safe everyone.

I just received a call for the social security administration. I was just a voice recording, I needed to press one to talk to a representative. I knew it was a scam because of the number:

1 (800) 772-1245

Add this number to the scam call list.
Location of the call was unknown, also very suspicious. Stay safe everyone.

Got a phone call from this number as well. Definite scam. They wanted me to call back at 806-475-4493

1-888-237-5156 middle eastern accent in a call center asking me for my private information. Just hung up. SSA will not call you and demand this information, they already have it.

Received two calls today. The numbers were
800 590 2899. 800 674 9656

Got this scam call but sent it to voicemail as the incoming number said it was from Morocco! Here’s the number: ‭+212 5 94 97 76 8‬.

Just got a crazy call from 877-920-1213. Claimed my SS# is being suspended and wanted to file a claim and that there was a warrant for my arrest in Texas . Said I was involved in money laundering and drug trafficking. I hung up after listening to some of this ...............

How do I get them to stop I have been receiving these calls every 20minutes

Just happened to me, three days in a row lol. Spoke to the man and told him I was deathly afraid and needed help hiding a body too lol

Please I need to report calls that I’m getting from different phone numbers about my social security number being suspended, I have voice messages to provide, I just don’t answer calls from unknown phone numbers, so the phone calls go to my voice messages. I have been trying to report it, no success, very concerned.

Got a call from 332-879-6530 (I live in NY state) that my SS number was suspended due to fraudulent activity and that I should press 1 to get more info.

I've received multiple phone calls today from phone #'s with an extra digit - 212 590 25722, 212 597 95237, 212 598 78793
A robot voice stating it's the dept of social security administration and my ss# is suspended. I keep blocking the #'s and a new call comes in

Two scam numbers called me. They both claimed to be SSA.
844-844-0178 and 323-784-6373

I also received a call about my social not being active. The robot message wanted a call back. I did not comply. The call came from 844-754-4635, maybe.

I recieved a recorded message saying it was from the SSA stating my SS# was going to be suspended due to criminal activity and that i needed to press 1 to keep from being arrested. The number was 866-964-6229. I actually called that number back and it said it was the SSA in El Paso but the office was closed and it was after 5 pm. I live in a completely different state. Jerks

Just got a call from 520-357-4143 which is a number in Hayden, AZ. They are scammers that advised there was fraudulent activity using my SSN. They knew my name, phone number, and old address. They said my accts associated with my SSN would be seized and I asked for an appointment to speak with someone in person. They said I had to go to TX for that.... To get to the point, I hung up and filed a complaint.

I received a call today from Siera Leon with this recording.

My son received a call from ssi and it a recording saying they were suspending his check because of fraudulently issues going on with his ssi number. Should I be worried or is it a scam?

Here’s another one.
322-879-0907

Got 2 calls about 2 hours apart today... saying my SSN is suspended due to suspicious activity.

Numbers: 315-884-4475 and 315-884-4438

I sent them both to voicemail.

I just received a call from 1-866-614-0032, with the caller I.d. Social Security Administration. There was a robotic recording that stated my ss# would be suspended and I would be arrested if I did not take the call. Then a man came on the phone and asked me what I needed. I told him "You called me!" He asked for the last 4 digits of my ss#. I told him I didn't feel comfortable, he said this was a secure line. I hung up...

I got a call from a real and main ss office in a different state about a real problem but with the direct phone number to that office. I called the regular 800 ss number to see if it was a legitimate phone number. The ss representative on the phone refused to look up the number to tell me if it was legit. I had to go to my local office and wait to talk to someone. They confirmed it was a number for a real ss office.

I received a call from 800-025-1548 claiming to be the Social Security department (not administration) saying my SSN was used in a money laundering scheme in Texas. They asked me to call them at 714-613-6863 but they'll have to wait for me to stop laughing first. Wanted to log these numbers to associate with the scam. Cheers to all you smart people not being taken :)

Had a call today #281-426-4139

I got two messages today from 888-810-9063, saying my SS# was suspended because of suspicious activity and to press #1. It seemed a bit odd. So I'm on hold now with the SSA to report. And while waiting found this page.

Just today I believe I got one of these fake spam calls they actually left a voicemail which surprised me but of course the male voice sounded robotic and maybe first language not exactly English either. full transcript= "If you want to know about this case just press one. Thankyou. This call is from the Department of Social Security administration. the reason you have received_phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspended your social security number because we found some suspicious activity. So if you want to know about this case just press one, thank you."
number 1(773)661-4072 from Chicago,IL
I know better than to answer this stuff or pick up and I always check numbers to actual real businesses/or banks and research bit before believing what I see/hear on my phone or emails.
Just want others to not fall for traps like these. Be safe everyone

I recieved 4 calls on Mar. 18, & Mar. 19, 2019. Stating that they were the Social Security Administration and my social security number was suspended due to suspicious activity. So i called back and a recording answered and then told me to enter the pin I wish followed by the pound sign. i made up a number and it said that was an invalid number to please enter the pin number I wish followed by pound sign. So I once again made up a 4 digit pin and it again said it was invalid. I again tried it for a third time and the recording said Thank-You and hung up. Nothing but another SCAM..!!!! tHE 2 NUMBERS THAT CALLED WERE: 1-888-810-9054, AND 1-888-810-9052

I got 3 calls from 325-399-0646 and voicemail messages pretending SSA and need to talk to me as soon as possible. Never returned the calls, but so annoying! :(

Received one of these phone calls this morning from 281-836-4862. Computerized voice telling me to call this number as soon as possible because of criminal activity and my social security number would be suspended. I called the number back just to see what the people would say. A foreigner trying to get information out of me. I harassed him by asking him if he was a US Citizen and why would a foreigner be calling me from the Social Security Office in Houston, TX. He didn't know how to answer my questions and I told him that I had been getting several of these calls lately and he was part of a scam. I then hung up on him.

I've gotten few different calls. I have the numbers with what they say on record. But didn't know what to do with them until I had it!! I would really like help in getting these guys but don't know how to get you all the info.?? Please email me,I need Help. Please I want you to get these guys!!

Heard about this scam last month in a news article. Today a scammer called at 2:43 pm with Caller ID as BROOKLYN NY 1-917-983-5283 and left voice message claiming to be SSA and suspicious activity and will cancel my SSN unless I call back at that number (which he repeated twice).

Got the same call today.
Caller ID: 800-772-1245.
Message that was left said to call: 682-319-3408.
I hope this helps.

From this number 2079526055 I received fraud call They are always indian ppl who has weird accent. I told them I have reported you real ssa. They said ok have a great day

(747)322-7621

Recording with - SSN suspended due to fraudulent activity - call # for more info.

I have received 3 calls in 2 hours.

I got called from this number 929-887-4602 and they said the same thing that was mentioned in many of the comments here. This needs to stop.

I've been getting the calls on both my work and my cell phone. My work phone is connected to my company so you know it's a scam.
This time they were portraying they were a police officer and left a number to call. Bold! My parents got scammed by a guy posing from their internet/cable company. Got them to give him their company address and they got all their information.

I've received multiple calls--they always have the same recorded message, saying the SSN# has been reported for suspicious activity and then to press 1 for more information. Over the past 2 weeks, these calls came from: 888-810-5420, 888-810-5110, 866-404-2213, 866-404-1811. I keep blocking numbers and then they call from a new one. Just don't answer and don't call back once you verify the bologne message.

Today I got a call on my voice mail from a scammer they was calling from 774 9520 saying that they are from the social security and threatened me and saying that my social security is being used for fraudulent charges and that my social security would be suspended if I don't return their call I know this a scammer right away because social security don't call people up and threatened people these scammer s should be arrested and put in prison for the rest of their life s

SSN scam number to be added, 877 182 1213, 877 180 1213

I received a call similar to other in the thread saying your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity.... press 1. Instead of pressing 1, I called from another number and received a error message that the number called was not correct.... I looked on the Internet and found these posting. The scammer called from 281-059-5475.

Beware! They change their number each time. They probably have a program that makes it impossible for you to call them back. I asked the caller what my name was. Confused, he asked me why he would know my name? If it were legit, they would have asked me to confirm the details such as my name and date of birth without me having to give much info. Stupid idiots.

I also received a robo call for this Social Security number scam as mentioned above by other people who've posted on this site. The call stated my SS# has been flagged for Fraudulent activity and action would be taken against me if I did not get back to one of the officers at the SS Administration Dept. It told me to immediately call 925-276-0195. Having heard that the real Social Security Administration would never robo call anyone or call you and leave that kind of message, I immediately assumed it was a scam. Can't believe like most of you that our government can't do more to protect all of us from getting ridiculous and harassing calls like this. For now, we just have to have due diligence and don't give in to these scammers. It's not even worth bothering to call them back to give them any kind of validity for their fraudulent activity and cruelty.

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