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This is what a Social Security scam sounds like

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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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818 659 5546 is another number to watch for. It's included in phishing emails that say they charged you hundreds for stuff you never bought. I am going to call and blast them.

Just received a phone call from 507-487-4262 saying that my SS number has been suspended. I hung up when I heard it because I figured it was a scam but did try calling the number back but the call would not connect. The call came in at 10:16am CT so hopefully someone can trace it and get these people who are doing this.

Just received a new call from 520-532-3899. Caller stated they were with Customs Enforcement and they just intercepted a package containing suspicious material with my name on it. Simply told caller once materials are sold, just make sure I get my cut and hung up. Scam call.

I keep getting callls from 1 702 592 6623 telling me to Stop what is going on ?

Looks like they’re still going strong! Got a call from a 651-492-1907 number.

“Security number for fraudulent activities so when you get this message kindly call back at the earliest possible on our number before we begin with the legal proceedings that is 213-546-0766 thank you…” I looked out the number and the FTC came up. I’m glad to have found something. I have work to do, I can’t be sideways with this BS!

If the scammer is using the SSA actual phone number, why call back the same number? When there is a possibility that you talk with a scammer?
Also, how can a scammer use the actual SSA phone number?

253-392-0856 this scammer just called me watch out for this number

The scammers saying they are the Social Security Administration are also using a legitimate phone # with the area code of 858-433-xxxx.

I have received a lot of scam calls at my work lately from someone saying they are with the IRS but this is the first time the caller said they LOVED me and was trying to help. I wish their was something someone could actually do about these calls

Just got a call from (930) 201-9209 an Indiana number claiming fraudulent activity on my ssa, pressing 1 afterwards will transfer me to a rep to discuss my case. Of course I didn't. Hang up.

Just received a voicemail left on Google Voice. They phoned from (580) 303-6397 and directed me to call another number. Any communications I've ever had with Social Security or the IRS have always been through the mail.

"You from the Department of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that there is a legal enforcement actions filed on your social security number for fraudulent activities. So when you get this message kindly call back at the earliest possible on your number before we begin with the legal procedures, that is 916-790-2295. Thank you."

260-250-4551 telecommunication company blocked this number and showed it's a scam.

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