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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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‭(888) 978-0944‬ This number just called and said they were with the Social Security Administration office. And my social security number was being suspended for criminal activity associated with my social. Wanted me to call the exact same number. Definitely a scam

Federal Crime investigation phone number 1800 -281- 4124
Claiming social security fraud with 3 different federal agencies.

I'm a foreigner so I ended up on this site before doing anything the scam call said.
Scam phone call asking me to press one in regards to my SSN about to be suspended for fraudulent activity. SCAM phone number:
203 824 1059

1-800-204-6297 Same pre-recorded message but a female “robot” voice.

Add 631-670-5211 to the list! They tried to scam my 77 year old mother. She called me right away!!! Don't mess with Mama!!!!!

Just got this message from 800-284-5315. SMH. These scammers trying to take advantage of people during this current pandemic is sickening.

‭+1 (844) 710-3571‬ This number just called with a SSN scam.

Yeah I just received a similar call from (814) 779-5288 from Penn. Using this SSN scam.

Just received call from 800-212-7634 recording saying "a DMC 701089 filed w/ Federal agencies, trade, BBB and Financial criminal. This could be case of ID theft. Push 1 to be connected to SS administration"

I am getting the scam calls multiple times a week.
800-270-6500, 202-991-7893

I've been getting a call from 833-309-0911 for the last 2-3 weeks saying that there are fraudulent activities related to my ssn and that an action will be filed. Also a demand to return the phone call.

833-496-0596. Same thing SSA scam.

I receive this message

18338671993 Depositing new message Security administration blocking your social security number on an immediate basis due to fraud and money laundering case. So before we activate your arrest warrant. Please call back on same number to resolve this case file. I repeat call back on same number to talk to Social Security office to resolve this issue right now. Thank you.. Click here: 14699825001 to listen to full voice message.

I got a similar call from 888-882-3280

17-Mar-2020 Tue 2:41pm EST - I got a call from 6474961124 saying "we are enforced to suspend your SSN. All your benefits will be cancelled. press 1 to speak to legal dept.. blah blah." .

I just got this message of my voicemail in female voice...

Received a call from (833) 641-0276 stating that my SS# had been compromised in Texas. Like one commenter stated, the background was very noisy/busy like a call center. But the person that called me had an Indian accent. I informed him that the SS Administration would not phone me in this manner. And if that is the case, to prove me wrong, please send me out a letter of notification and then I will respond back. The person hung up.

Received another phishing call last evening from 289-204-3969. Immediately hung up and blocked number. Thanks for your efforts

Scam calls from 509 260 4445 claimimg to be Social Secirity Administration. This are call bounced from outside the U.S to avoid detection using a U.S number. Scamers are all over
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got a call from an 844 356 6260 number , an automated call saying that i was in trouble of being prosecuted for fraud , i called it back , man that answered could barely speak english , lots of noise in back ground , sounded like a scam , i hung up and immediatly look ed up number and found the info on this sight ,

I got a call from 833-596-0964 ID #3014072564 about them blocking my SSN by order of complaint on my driver's license

Just got a call from +1 301 407 2271 with a message from a scammer who advised my SSN had been used for fraudulent activity and to call 844 366 2037 to fix it. SCAMMERS!!

I have an appointment with Social Security next Friday. I got a call from Ms. Reyes at 7:35 am this morning to conduct that as a phone appointment due to Coronavirus . Is this legitimate?

I can't tell you about the call you got. Please read this information from the Social Security Administration:

  • If you already have a scheduled appointment with the Social Security Administration, we will attempt to contact you by phone and/or reschedule for a telephone appointment. Our call may come from a PRIVATE number and not from a U.S. Government phone. We know that some bad actors are trying to take advantage of this situation.Please read the information in this Social Security factsheet to know it is SSA calling. Please remember that Social Security employees will never threaten you or ask for any form of immediate payment.

I just got a call very similar to this from 1-800-214-0306 asking me to press one to speak with a fraud division person. I hung up.

I received a call from this Number 7162963786 they asked to call back if not my SS will be suspended.

Got this one today (3/20/2020).
Number was +1(831)778-4167

In fairness, it was labelled as "Scam Likely," but I have to work with a variety of business partners and can't afford to miss a call from them, so I picked it up anyway.

Just got part of voicemail from 1 (833) 206-9213, marked as being from “United States”, Verizon marked as “Potential Spam.” Said to call Social Security at above phone number. Have had similar calls in past. Never answer calls from unknown numbers, let them go to voicemail.

Omg I just received two of these exact same voicemails left I can’t believe it the number was 1-800-272-0591

I have had three calls like this today 3/20/2020. They all left voice mails, but it sounded like a scam so I googled it and found this page. Glad to find it confirmed!

Just got a call from this #: ‭+1 (800) 279-4842‬
Who left the following VM:
(SSN) has been filed under your name with three federal agencies the federal trade commission the Better Business Bureau and the financial crime investigation network the investigation is underway and we have reasons to believe that this might be a case of identity Saft in case you feel this is due to an error you may connect to the legal administration in order to connect to a social security administration officer press one now to get connected to the Social Security administration office or press one now…”

Yeah, I'm NOT calling you back.

They are calling from this number also
833-596-0964. THIS IS A SCAM!

7814524025 Called and asked questions SS # then hung up

Just received a call from 833-540-0397. I did call it back and when an Indian-sounding male answered I immediately hung up and pressed the "Block" feature on my cell phone. Then promptly searched SS scams and found this. It's disheartening that in this day and age with all the technology we have, something can't be done to NEVER allow these calls to EVER go through!!!!

‭+1 (833) 540-0397‬
Scam call from social security

Good morning! =]
Just wanted to let you know that I was called by this number: 1-800-256-4649

My phone labeled it as spam... Not sure if it was related to the SSA, but I thought that you should know anyways! =]

I received a similar call and it asked for a call back to the number: (469) 421-1954 - Just blocked the number.

After waiting 3 days to get through to the Dept of Unemployment Insurance. I was told to enter my SS #. Next a recorded voice said I should select Option 5 to speak with a representative. After a few seconds. A recorded voice said that I should call back on the next business day

This phone number texted my deceased dad regarding free iPhone 11's and a link : (424) 450-6269.

Received a test from 877-579-2927. The text said several attempts had been made to contact me. I called the number from a generic phone-of course the guy wouldn't tell me why he was calling but wanted me to "listen" to him. I demanded to know who he was and he hung up.

I received a call from 1-918-525-0599. I called them back and played the recording from this site to them.

I got a call from +1 (800) 975-2409 saying my social security number is being misused somewhere in US. Press 1 to speak to officer. scammers calling

I got the same call, the number was 888-899-9889. What do I do? I’m scared...

Just received this message when I picked up the call. The number is 918-296-4052 from Oklahoma.

i got call from TX 281 475 3946 asking my full name for verification. guy has an accent. hanged up

Is it possible to obtain your social Security number in a place other than the place of creation of the ssn. My social Security number is created in 2008 in Maryland. But I have obtained it in Dallas, texas in 2015. Could you please help me understand.

Please go to www.ssa.gov for information about Social Security numbers.

866 727 5233 got an email from Norton saying I made a payment of 299.99 and if I have any questions to call that number. Most likely it’s a scam

Received similar call from 972-539-7188

Just go this call today from 914-613-6224. NY area.

Full transcript:

Reason of this call is to inform you that law enforcement agencies has inform us to suspend your social security number on an immediate basis as we have received suspicious Trails of information in your name and social security number the moment you receive this message. I need you to get back to me on my department division number that is 914-613-6224. I repeat 914-613-6244. If I don't hear a call from you we will have to issue an arrest warrant under your name and get you arrested wage. So get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you point zero.

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