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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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Receive 3 calls/ voicemail from 916-378-8863, 26 June 2020.
Noted that my SS # had been compromised and to call for assistsnce. Of course I did not return their call. Scam arrest at work here.

they just called me. June 27, 2020 I reported them to the Canada anti fraud dept ...450-611-1734 i hope they are caught and criminally charged

2157709027,2157708817,18663312317,
4232051715,2157708855,2154448512

Officer Paul Smith, said texas has warrants for me. He called from all of these numbers

A family member received a voicemail message with that scam and I received one today as well. The calls were from phone numbers: 541-982-4516 on June 23, 2020 and from 915-226-0443 today, June 28, 2020.

I've received a phone call as well, twice this month. First call was on June 23rd and the second one was today around 9:40 EST. I did not answer and they left me a VM with a similar message saying that my SSN was involved in criminal activity and before they took any legal action, they'd like me to call back to a certain number. The number that showed on my phone from the mentioned call is: 469-917-1285, TX

Got a call on 6/29/20 from 1-844-985-0877 accusing me of money laundering and my ss# was frozen and threatened arrest. This was a scam.

I’ve gotten two calls today saying I would be arrested for fraud if I didn’t call him back immediately the number was blocked but they still manage to get through a second time to leave a message not a ring but leave a message the number is that they gave me ‭+1 (425) 292-1060‬. I already priorly had something like this happen and I did talk to Social Security person it is a fraud if there’s anything that needs to happen they will send you a letter it will not be over the phone

I googled the address in ElPaso he gave me while on the phone and it brought me right here lol. While he had me on hold I played the recording and he came on and said did you call social security ? I said no and he started screaming cuss words and hung up haha

I have received a call from 1 804 250 8647 nobody on the phone then I called back there is one, he introduced himself as Social security agent, he asked about my name then the last four digits of SS. Then I felt its a scum immediately I hunged off the phone.

Yes, I just received this call they stated that my social security showed fraudulent activity and that there was a warrant out for my arrest in the state of Texas (which I have never been to in my life). I got the persons info on the phone and hung up. I contacted my local sheriffs office and they informed me that yes, this is indeed a common scam that has been going around to not provide them with any personal information. Stay safe.

I had two calls within a few hours today. Both stating that Social Security was investigating illegal enforcement actions against my number. I called the number back and within two rings someone answered the phone with a very thick accent. I blocked the number, (469) 423-6311.

I ave received five of these calls. Today I did call the number provided. It was answered by a man of which english was not his native language. In the background it sounded like a call center. I was asked my name and my ssn. I refused to give it to them. The number they had me call was 832-924-7169.

A new number 716-980-1222 same robotic voice!!!

Received a call a couple hours ago threatening me. #cantscamme

This is the third or fourth one I have gotten isn't there anyway when someone gives you the number after they do the caller ID that the Federal Trade Commission or the police could trace the number and getspeople that are doing this

I was getting called by this number (972)544-7361.
Saying there's a legal enforcement action filled on my social security number for fradulent activities, to kindly give them back a call before, they begin with a legal proceeding against me... It was scary untill i found this page. I for sure know now its a scam... Such a relief... I blocked the number on my cell and i have a proof of a message recorded in my cell saying that..

Got a call from 9165367724. They said a warrant was being issued for my arrest and police would be at my door in 30 minutes

I've been getting similar calls from +19082808304 for the last month or so. So annoying!

My mom received a voicemail saying(the reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that there's a legal enforcement action filed on your Social Security number for fraudulent activity so before this matter goes to the state courthouse and before you get arrested if you need any information or have any question kindly call us back at 254-308-0576 thank you…”) Does anyone know anything about this

That's a scam called

Recieved a voicemail today saying suspicious activity with my ssn and if I don't reply actions would be taken. Blocked the number.

541-605-5552

Just got a call from this number saying my SS card was suspended. 1-432-287-7055

Voicemail from 1-833-900-2210. "Please call back on the same number to resolve this this case file I repeat call back on the same number thank you" The voice just sounded like a scam!
I forgot to post the phone number on my 1st comment, my bad!

Another scam # is 2109421197 in
N.C.

Received call from 518-928-7188; robocall, suspicion on my SS number, will not be able to receive benefits, etc.; must dial 1 to speak with agent. "If you do not, a warrant will go out for your arrest and you will b e arrested." I received one of these last month, not sure if it was the same number but I definitely will be blocking this one.

Just got called from 787-252-3019.

Yesterday I received another strange call from 877-607-1338. A guy with Mexican accent asked about my SS number.

Just received a similar call from the Social Security Administration claiming there is fraudulent activity with my SS number.
number was.. 202-961-6202

520 240 6066 is one of the scam #s

I got one of those calls today saying my SSN was involved in some fraudulent activity. I had to laugh because my SSN is under Lock and Key and NEVER gets used, on the phone and especially online.

I've had 2 calls in the last 2 days telling me they're going to suspend my social security number because of suspicious activity I have 48 hours to contact them it's been different Kansas number both times.

I had a call wednesday afternoonCalled ID himself as County Sheriff with a badge number Advised me I had a security problem with my social security number advised I would be contacted by social security agent Received cal from different male provided badge number Advised my S. S number was suspended as it had been used to open multiple bank accounts across the country Wanted me to transfer 10K dollars into my personal checking account as the IRS would be seizing all my funds I was confused and advised I would consider it next day He called repeatedly and I finally advised I would do nothing until I confirmed his state ment with local S.S office He was insistent I advise no one . The holiday interfered with his threats I realized it was a scam after checking

I have just received a phone call, asking me to provide my name and give my National Insurance Number, i basically told the gentleman on the end of the phone i will not divulge any information until they can explain to me who they are and what the company is and what they want for me, at this point he did start to get high rate, so i replied saying i will not give you any information as this sounds like a scam. to this point he hung up.
point to note throughout the whole conversation there was a time lapse and there was an audible sound before he spoke. (this is what told me this is false)

if you have recently received a call, press 5
for any other calls press 6
followed by commercial promotions
no contact with SSA

i received a call from"social security" and I called back the same number and a man answered and did not know why I had called him. Scam artist using his cell number. how do people protect themselves from using their number in disguise. 2022106275 was the number used in the scam call

Received this call today from 330-884-1271.

‭+1 (240) 503-1838‬ Called stating they are social security. When I asked to be removed I was hung up on. Called back and hung up on me again.

I received a scam call today (7-7-2020) from telephone number (667) 281-9111. The man identified himself as Charles Wilson, Badge No 8529. He said there was criminal activity associated with my social security number and SSA wanted to issue me a new number. Asked for my name, age and social security number (which I did not give). Please warn others of this scam. Thank you.

They are using new wordings

1800 806 4141 Thats the new number they are using
Just got 3 calls from that number

SS SCAM TODAY 901-203-1933. 7/8/2020

This has happened to me

Just got a call from this number,,,,(915) 615-4269
Telling me that my SSN is corrupted and some criminal activities on it..

Yes we got the call also. This is about the 4th time, they don't give up!!

I received a call today saying my Ssn is on hold because I am under investigation for multiple crimes. Money laundering, drug trafficking, 20 illegal bank accounts opend under my name and more. I was given a case number, warrant number and was told to expect a visit from local authorities. All the people spoke with an Indian accent and I could not get any straight answers. Two different phone numbers called me today, both have opposite area codes. FBI, US Marshall's and a man claiming to be an officer of the law with dabge number told me not to talk to anyone about the phone call I received. Who are these people?

There is some evil people in this world

I got a scam call from 818-341-8307. Listened to the message; didn't pick up the phone.

I just received the same recording on my wifi #, which i used a fake name to set up the acct. Its completely anonymous TextMe phone app and they kept calling me from 386 610 4858. Called back and the guy sounded like he was from India. When I started grilling him, he hung up. Don't go for it!

Be aware: They are now calling from 619 369 0788 as of 7-7-2020.

‭+1 (667) 281-9109‬
Wondering if this number is a scam. They said my social security had some sort of case file. Poor English...

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