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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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Got a call today for scam about my social #
Here the message: There is a legal enforcement action filed on your social security number for fraudulent activities. So when you get this message kindly call back as soon as possible before we begin with the legal proceeding, you can reach us on our direct number, which is 469-257-4015. I repeat 669-257-4015. Thank you and have a nice day.

I got one today from number 1-678-763-5276. Here’s the transcript “ “This message is intended to contact you regarding the legal enforcement action executed under your Social Security number for suspensions and fraudulent activities committed in the state of Texas and we just suspended your Social Security number ignoring this will be an intentional second attempt to avoid initial appearance before a magistrate judge or a grand jury for a federal criminal offense this is the final attempt to reach you so if you want to know about this case just press one…”

I tried to call back and the number had been disconnected.

The phone number that call me 1-630-534-3198 When you call the number back it tells you it's with Google .But they ask for my social security last four digits.

I just received a call very similar to this. It’s practically the same voice though it is a slightly different message than the one that you see here

My sister recieved a call from "United States Management Services" who claim they can get her $800 more a month from Social Security because she has an excellent credit score. They only take the first month's difference as their fee. They already knew her ss number and specific things that would be on her credit report. Anyone heard of this? I'm sure she's been scammed. I told her to call them back and ask for their claims in writing.

Just got a call from 8006225627 - The scammers favorite "Social Insurance Number" scam.....
I just hung up and blocked yet another of their too many phone numbers. Don't their mothers keep an eye on their children anymore ???

Beware of this number: 425-274-3861
Claiming to be calling from social security and wants to meet with me at my local sherriff station or prosecute my case and suspend my benefits if I don't show up

I received a call just like this today from the "social security department" the same recording. I decided to google this as there a lot of scams and what do you know... a scam.

Received call to suspend my #SSN.from763-228-5317.

Just received a call from a scam pending to be SS at 315 610 7722

I've been getting robocalls all morning about "many suspicious activities on [my] social number" for which I need to call them back lest they "suspend it." The number is 206-614-0028 (Seattle).

Received a fraudulent call from a recording claiming my SSN was suspended and I connected with a person it was a foreign man and he kept asking my name and I would not answer his question except saying “well you called me - how about you tell ME who I am” he continued asking I need your name mam he got aggravated and hung up when I would not cater to his bull crap

I received a call from 260 833 7147. Was first told was Federal Crime and Investigation. Said ss # had been involved with a crime. Then said they were from SSA and I had to call right away. Sounded like prerecorded message

Got a call from this number (425) 903-6626 today.
Automatic voice told about a suspicious with my SSN and asked to push 1 to contact with their agent to help me.

Received calls twice today that were SSN scams as described above. The phone numbers used were:
972-210-2223
973-285-5137

received the recorded call from 313-710-1160

Hi there. I am getting at least five calls a day from supposedly the SS department. Here are the #208 565-5517, 208 565-3207, 208 565-6345, 208 556-7606, 208 565-5013, 208 565-5564,208 565-8804, 208 565-4707. These are from just the last 2 days. I just keep blocking them.

I just got a call from ‭+1 (781) 382-0129‬ claiming i owe something

I received the same voicemail. When I called, they said my SS# was used for money laundering and drug trafficking and they were going to suspend my SS#. When I told them this felt like a scam they got very defensive and hung up. I paid to find out who the number which they called from, (806) 639-5871, was listed under. It is Queen Spa Nail. I called the number again and they answered, "Social Security Administration". I said, "I thought this was Queen Spa Nail?" She said, "Oh you looking for spa!" and hung up. I immediately received another phone call with the same recording from a different number, 870-450-7365.

SS Scam: 09/11/2020. Just received a call from this number ‭+1 (443) 384-1921‬ stating there was legal action being taken against me/my Social Security number and that I should call back to speak to them.

Getting this scam from : 1 856 756 8650

More needs to be done to stop these callers. Majority of them have foreign accents. My Dad’s phone number is unlisted and they still call. These scammers will also call from local numbers that they were able to get and clone. I try to record my Dad talking to them. I have one good recording. Also these letters of you will win money if you mail back with money. What a waste of paper!

I just got a call from number 281-683-5546 indicating that they were the Social Security Administration an my Social Security number had been suspended due to suspicious activity used with my social security number. I knew right then, it was bogus. I reported an blocked the number from calling my phone.

‭1 (802) 500-6644‬ Just received a call from here saying they are social security this is a spam they wanted me to provide my social.

I just received a call like this today (9/11/2020). Said my ss# was involved in money laundering and suspicious activity. The recording requested I call them at the number that showed up on the caller ID, which was 877-245-5902. I called and at first a recording answered saying my call would be answered in the order it was received. Then a man came on the line introducing himself as a social security rep. He kept asking for my name and when I wouldn't give it to him he hung up on me! SCAMMERS!

I received acall from 801-644-1682 and when I called it back a diff woman answered with no accent and I told her that I had received a call from her number and. I asked If she called claimiNg to be SSA. She said no. So informed her that she has been hacked into via her cell acct or email and someone is calling people and pretending to be a federal agency and that they have an active warrant for their arrest.

9/12/2020 received a call today. i just let it ring.....

Please do not leave them several messages with very choice words that would make even a hardened criminal cringe. This may be someone Number.

Voice mail message fragment from 844-741-0370 - received on Sept. 14, 2020 @12:04 PM EDT:
"...intentional crime an arrest warrant will be issued under your name for a crime investigation so before we stop your banking and government services kindly call back to connect your call to Social Security officer to resolve the case file yourself before it goes to court house call back urgent..."
-- Low quality female synthesized voice. Played as string of words, with no pauses, inflection, or intonation beyond what one would get from an old digital voice chip circa early to mid 1990's. Definitely not from a prerecorded human voice.

Just received call from our area code (417) re: social security card used in criminal case in Texas. Didn’t respond as requested, let message play out. First robo call in months. Checking with social security.

I have received the same call from ph no 231-323-2566. I had ignored the call

Today I received a call with a similar message, please be aware. The message recorded said that a legal action will be activated against me and also to press a pound key on my phone to talk with a representative.

Howdy got calls with the exact automated voicemail except a female voice. All from Alhambra, CA. As soon as I mentioned the word scam they hung up immediately. Blocked them on my phone but just thought I leave their numbers below for others to avoid this scam. Thank you.
6269799467
6269797227
6269791977

Social Security Scammer just called using this ph#
216-783-8887

Number used in Jacksonville FL area ‭(904) 962-9143‬. When they call it’s a call center over seas Indian accent. When you call number it has a voice mail of someone in Amelia Island FL? I called it several times and kicks to VM.

Caller from 443-391-8488 Answered, Social security administration
He wanted name, Date of Birth, Social number, Be careful This was not from Social Security Admin.. It is a way to Scam you out of money Caller ID from Baltimore Maryland SCAM, SCAM

Received a call msg Today stating my social security number was being fradulent me used in Texas and if I did not return their call I would stand before a judge. I live in California I call the number back using my landline which is restricted. The his panic mail claimed he did not call me I said well you were concerned about my social security number and he hung up clue number 1. Called again I said we must have gotten disconnected. He hung up. A 3rd time he would not answer however I told him I reported him to the FBI and the FCC. I despise these scammers and more must be done to prevent it. My 85 year old neighbor came to see me hysterically crying that the IRS was demanding $5000 by the end of the day it's took a 1/2 hour to calm this poor woman down she just lost her husband of 65 years say you can imagine how vulnerable she felt. This is why I despise them so please do something to end this nonsense Prosecute And hold them accountable

September 15, 2020 They are still using that number for the same scam

Received a robo call from 817-471-1924 regarding my social security. Please do not accept calls from this number.

I live in Kentucky and I'm getting these pre-recorded messages from the phone number 1631 506-4387 saying they are from the IRS and my social security number as fraudulent acts in Texas to please contact them be aware of this number and remember Social Security will never contact you buy a pre-recorded message or text

Is there not anyway for the government to track these people down and stop this scam. I have gotten 5 calls just this morning.

I have been getting calls from a hispanic woman about social security. It goes like this, "esta es una llamada ... oprima el numero 1 para ser transferido. In English it says, "This is a call.... press the number 1 to be transferred. It then gives you the option to press 2 to stop getting calls. And it does not work. So today I called them and the lady hanged up on me. I tried calling back and supposably they said wrong number.

Got this call today. Number that was used is 504-228-5815. Figured it was a scam and hung up. Sounded just like the recording.

Add 817-646-5135 Got a robot call stating I was involved in fraudulent activity regarding my ssn and social security will be pressing charges. Then it asked me to hold for a representative.

got a call today from1-833-317-0259 saying something about suspious activity and my ss number was linked to laundry money

Got the call today, 4 times asking me to call back. 507-593-7110 is the number I had on caller id. Just informational

Just received one of these calls today so unfortunately it looks like these scam calls are still happening so please be aware!

I don't know if I was lucky or this how they get your last 4 digits of SS number
I received a call this morning the caller ID was ‭+1 (215) 478-7872‬
I answered and the caller identified himself as a Social Security Administration agent

The reason I answered the call because the caller ID was local and I have an active transaction with SSA I am receiving disability benefits and in process of completing an update on my disability condition and I communicated with the local office a few times in the last month in the course of completing the forms they sent. So I thought it could be related and was worried my benefits get effective.
I asked him which office he replied Austin Texas.
he then asked my name to pull my file I gave him my name
he read my address correctly I did not give him my address.
he asked the last 4 digits of my social security number I gave him the numbers only last 4 digits.
he then said are you sure? it is not and he repeated my last four digits but one digit was not correct. I replied no not correct. He then he said why are you lying I replied why I am what “lying” he hang up the phone.
I realized then it may be a fraudulent call I did not expect an SSA agent to call me a liar. I was going to hang up at that point but they did themselves
I check on the internet and found others revived similar calls the same number and they are a fraud. I thought to share the experience. I don't know if they now have my correct last 4 digits or i was lucky or they do it intentionally at leadt i did not give them money but i am concerned.

This number came up 914-339-9635 but when I looked it up it is a persons number. Not sure if that person made the call, but anyway it is not the SSA the message also sound like a real person not a robot.

The scammers are now using local numbers as well

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