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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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Just received a call from 281 067 5887. Same scam.

Got a call today (11/14/2019) from 415-530-2104 with a pre recorded message stating my ssn is going to be suspended n such...scam

Got a call today (11/14/2019) from 415-530-2104 with a pre recorded message stating my ssn is going to be suspended n such...scam

I just received a scam call also that they have suspended my SSN number.

Just received a scam call from 888-825-6813

Rec call in female voice from number 1-800-370-5454. Social security scam

Someone called me from 866-654-5323 saying they were from Social Security wanted my SS#, I said if you are calling from Social Security than you should have my number. This is a SCAM please be aware of this #.

I just got the same bot message from an unknown caller number stating “This is to inform you that there is a legal enforcement action filed on your Social Security number for criminal activities so when you get this message kindly call as soon as possible on our number that is 786-706-7952 before we begin legal proceedings. Thank you.

8009967895 has called twice now stating my social security number has been suspended and I'm being arrested (why, no idea, as I've committed no crimes). It's also automated.

I got one today, 11/14/2019, from (970) 704-5219.
Not the voice as in the example call, but it was the same scam - they don't give up.

got call today from 775-223-4509 saying from SS and that I can be arrested for fraud and to press 1

‭800-902-7180‬ Just called with a similar female robo caller voice.

so far, have received 3 calls today that my social security number has suspicious activity, that my social security benefits are being suspended, and that I need to call 202-915-0787

I just got a call from (800) 831-9686

Have received two calls from 800-538-8823 with this scam within the past 24 hours. The person on the line today as well as another in the background (on another call) sounded like they were calling from a call-center in India, Sri Lanka or nearby (I've visited there before and recognize the accent). When I asked him very clearly to verify that this was the United States Social Security Administration calling he hung up.

Calls coming to Canada and Canada doesn't have social security numbers per say. Crooks should do their homework

Call from 800-838-3374 with the bogus ss# has been suspended.

800-131-7123 is a Social Security SCAM call.

Thank you and God Bless you for your help!!!

I got a call from 8009900758 with the same message.

A 2nd call today from the 'Social Security Administration'. Is this not illegal? 1-800-615-0055
Me: How can I get on your do-not-call list?
Rep: Throw you phone in the river.
Yes they really said that.

Be aware of number: +1(800)013-6242 - Nov 15, 2019 10:17 AM I just a got a call here in Puerto Rico saying:" your SSN will be suspended for committing fraudulent activity in 1" etc etc

received yet another scam caller 1-469-278-5783 from Texas! I am not answering these but will report all of them. It makes me angry people are trying to steal in this horrible way.

received 3 calls in 3 days from the number 1-800-954-7005 / 1-800-835-6500 / 1-806-329-323 all with the same "fraudulent activity on your SSN" and threats of being imprisoned.

Just got an automated call from 1-800-230-1090 indicating my social security number had been "suspended" and there was fraudulent activity found associated with my number ...

I just hung up. Figured if it was legit I would call Social Security directly but it appears to be just a scam as I suspected.

I got a call this morning about this social security scam with this phone number 1-800-146-9919 it's a recording message and I just hung up and blocked the number.

I couldn't believe it when I heard the caller on the other end. I'm only 25 and I was worried so I clicked the number they said and t spoke to a person. But to be honest I think either they hung up on me or I did it by accident. Either way they sounded exactly the same as the writing in the first part of this article. I can't believe it. Just wow. I didn't even know this was going on. Thank you so much for your help.

Just got this call from: 281 170 9169.

I've gotten calls pretty much every day for weeks. Today was a first was in what sounded like Chinese (which I do not know). Googled the # and it was ANOTHER SS Scammer #. Out of control!

I received a call from 410-844-3352 saying I was under investigation for SS fraud.

From # 833 884 0747 got same message others have quoted. SS Admin, some Cop threat, must call back immediately. Called again 1 minute later. Ignored.

I just got call from this number 800-108-4176 which trace it back to Vodafone in India - West Bengal & Andaman islands

I just received one of these calls before I read this but knew it was not the real SSA because of the threats and supposed suspension of my SSN. Neither of those things happen!

I just had one of these idiots call me from 308-430-5606 with some scam like warning about my social security above here... just wanted to let you know.

I just received a call with the exact message about
suspending my social security number. I did not respond.
The number calling was 512 559 7408

I have been receiving phone calls from the following phone numbers 1-800-047-5956, 1800-001-8689 and 1800-117-5424 informing my Social Security has been compromised and for security reasons the US Government has suspended all my benefits.

I have had half dozen call's from these people. How do I stop them,????

I received the call from 1.800.417.1102. When I spoke to a rep I complied with his questions for quite a while before it sounded suspicious. I am worried now because I provided quite a bit of information before I actually caught on.

I got a call from 315-860-2834 and I caught them when they started swearing at me and when they answered the phone saying "hello?" as if that is what the social security office actually does. pft. Don't give anyone any information calling from this number.

1800-881-2750 —> They called me from this number and told me exactly the same thing I heard in their message. Thanks for the info, please report this number.

Just had one of these calls from 1-866-902-8443

just got this call from 423-741-7959

Got a call from 409-204-4947 saying my social security number was tied to a crime. Voice was male but mechanized like a computer-generated voice.

Just got a call saying I needed to talk to a federal agent about my ss #844-902-5135!

Add 325-999-8747 to these scam numbers, been receiving one for the last few days saying “Your SSN has been suspended for fraudulent activities.” A good clue this is a scam is when they do not address you by name.
I am not answering, nor following any of their instructions.

Nov 14, 2019, 3:02 PM
I just got a call from Social Security 202-748-9632 and 855-698-3793 saying that my account has been closed because I have unusual activity. I needed to press 1 to talk with an agent. I pressed 1 and a foreign male accent answered. I laughed hard...He laughed hard...then he hung up on me. (I've known this scam for a long time)

just got a call from Romania with phone # 409-204-4947 saying my SS was used in a crime and it will be suspended.

‭+1 (800) 812-3766‬ This is the number where I got a ssn scam

Caller stated I am rcvg this call because my SSN has been implicated with a court case.

I just got a voice mail from an 888 number saying my social insurance # has been suspended . I NEVER answer the phone unless I know the person who is calling. I screen the calls afterwards and block any I don’t recognize. I believe that if the call is important they will either leave a message or contact me another way. Mute your phone and relax!


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