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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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I been receiving the phone call saying that I don't call back they gonna issue warrant for my arrest

I just got a call also +18888169616. Same as you guys.

just got a call from # 603-331-4885 saying my ss# has been suspended due to suspicious activity...called # back and says "welcome to verizon " of course no one can call back hmmmm....

Just received two robo calls from 888-810-1048 and 888-810-1032 in a span of about 30 mins. Def a scam, smh

The Message left says:

Department is to inform you that we just suspended your social security number because we found some suspicious activity. So if you want to know about this case, just press one. Thank you. This call is from the Department of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspended your social security number because we found some suspicious activity.So if you want to know about this case, just press one. Thank you.

Just received similar call from: 646-975-7893 I do not answer calls not in my contact list. Surprised they left the following message: "This call is from the Department of social security administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspended your social security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one. Thank you." I did not call back.

I just received a call a call from Texas today, 04/25/19. They called to inform me that this is Social Security calling to let me know that this is their final attempt to reach me and my Social Security will be suspended if I didn’t called them back by the end of the day at (512)234-4043! I knew it was a scammer as soon as the recording started because Social Security doesn’t handle business that way!

I received a call today from SSA phone number 281-220-3443, stating that a federal officer was awaiting for me to step out of my place of employment to arrest me if I didn't pay this John Rhoadson person. Sounded to me alot like the IRS scam. I am currently on hold with the REAL SSA to make sure that my SSN is def. okay.

My son and I both received a call today....couldn't understand the accent. He told my son he was going to be prosecuted for fraud and need his social number. Identified self as SOC sec fraud Dept.....the caller called me and said my social security number would be suspended but he couldn't tell me my name when I asked. He called from 7604375283! I knew it was a scam and have reported to the Attorney general.

7142524663 new SSN scam phone number (714)252-4663

I just received a call from robotic lady saying my social security is being blocked due to suspicious activities and if I want to speak to someone press 1. # was 8660871213.

so one of my friends got a voicemail from someone trying to get their SSC number and started to talk about criminal charges and fraudulent activity.

I got the same call a few minutes ago but it went to voicemail. It is a robotic male voice threatening to suspend my SSN due to suspicious activity, the number I got two calls from is 877-984-5327

Got mine today. $10,000,000? That's crazy. Praying on the elderly and disabled. Why doesn't the Federal Trade Commission do something about this?

Watch out! Social security scam from +1(310)359-9869 Malibu, CA.

Why it is so easy to hack our phone system? What about legislation to make our telecoms carriers (which are (rolling in money) responsible for:
a) managing FREE websites where we can report and look up bogus scan caller numbers
b) implementing technology that makes it impossible to display fake numbers when calling, or to display a FAKE local exchange when calling long distance.
c) implementing technology that makes it easier to trace and CATCH these criminals.
Surely our technology is not so pathetic as it seems now, that these scammers operate at will, proliferating like germs and stealing millions from vulnerable people?
FTC what are you doing about this?

Awesome. Thanks for confirmation of this scam. This isn't the same script I heard, but it's the same voice.

Got a similar scam call from 1-866-106-1213. Please mark this number and don't fall victim of this scam.

I'm now up to 5 calls, today, from various 888-810-xxxx numbers with the same message.

Received this robocall today - female voice - from (408) 549-1439. I immediately came here and filed a complaint with the FTC.

i just received a call from 319-030-6899 stating that my SS # has been suspended. please be aware.

I received a call today from (773) 279-5953. The message left was as follows: "This call is from the Department of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity, so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you.

Clearly, the improper name of SSA ("Department of...") and the errors in grammar were clear signs of a scam. I also have a service from my mobile phone provider that indicated the call was from a Spam Risk number. Glad I checked this site as well. Be careful everyone. The government never calls you to request anything to do with your SSN or taxes.

I received a call today from (773) 279-5953. The message left was as follows: "This call is from the Department of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity, so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you.

Clearly, the improper name of SSA ("Department of...") and the errors in grammar were clear signs of a scam. I also have a service from my mobile phone provider that indicated the call was from a Spam Risk number. Glad I checked this site as well. Be careful everyone. The government never calls you to request anything to do with your SSN or taxes.

"and get you arrested". Lol, priceless

Do not answer any calls from 1 888 810 0351 it is a total scam. They want your social security info. NEVER EVER EVER BELIEVE THEM OR EVEN CALL THEM BACK!!!!

I got that same call from 908-474-0444. They left me 3 voicemails within 5 hours.

I have two messages and 5 calls from this scam in 5 hours. I keep blocking the number and they call back with a new number. The message is identical to what's listed. They have called from (888) 810-0351 (twice), (888) 810-0340, (888) 810-0336 , (888) 810-0322

4/25/2019

Received more then 15 calls today ( 4/25) with the same recorded message
18888100353, 1888100338,1888100323,18888100317, 1888100311,18888101045

Got a call from this guy telling me to call 8174504241 before they proceed in filing case against me!!

4/25/2019

Received more then 15 calls today ( 4/25) with the same recorded message
18888100353, 1888100338,1888100323,18888100317, 1888100311,18888101045

I received calls from (866) 074-1213, (917) 993-8372, (203) 644-6403, (718) 627-6611, (866) 082-1213, (347) 973-8183 numbers and first it was robotic call in which message was "There is some issue with your social security card, please talk to customer care executive..", when I got connected to customer care executive, I told that guy, "USA government never make call or send emails, just stop scamming and let us work. He was angry and started cursing and using bad words. I started blocking their numbers and he was calling me from their other numbers. That is how I got their numbers. Please be aware and add those numbers to your blocker list."

Today I've received a phone call supposedly from Social security from 1-281-734-3437 leaving a message sounded like a recording saying the same as others, we suspended your social security number due to suspicious activity on your account. Please press 1 to speak to someone. I've never answered or called them back. Just listen to voice message left. People please be aware there are numerous numbers there calling from now. April 25th 2019

Just got a call from # 205-666-7418. Scam. Saying that fraudulent activity was detected on my Social Security number ... blah blah blah. Trust me... no one wants my number. Unless of course, they want to pay off all my debt. ;)

2nd call, 4/28/2019, 443-572-4499

over the last month We got over 20 calls from 866-404-8115 and 8568 for the same recording on the home phone and 3 different Cell phones. This HAS TO STOP !!! there are allot of vulnerable people out there with Alzheimers, dementia and other issues that can fall pray to this scam. Please help stop this. Thank you Steve

I got a call and voicemail yesterday and today. They keep calling. Definite scam from this number
866-627-6996. Here’s the transcript.

“To inform you that we _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you…”

How come law enforcement couldn't look int this kind of phone scams? They've got the phone numbers that they can confirm to find out who's the owner. They can call them and actually confirm their scam themselves and put them out of their busuness.

Additional fraud calls from (234) 249-5887
Wooster, OH

Just got a call from 888-810-0374 saying my Social Security got suspended due to suspicious activity.

1-888-306-4366
1-888-347-9277
1-888-414-6259

Received voicemails regarding suspicious activity on my social asking to press 1 to call back. It sounded like a recorded message the same message for all three voicemails, I didn’t answer any of the calls.

Received a call from 20232206789 reporting that my SSN has been suspend due to a suspicious activity. I suspect this is part of a scam.

Got a call today from (888) 810-0382 and the call sounded very similar to other ones on this feed. I sent it to voicemail because I never answer phone calls where I don't recognize the number or caller ID, and it left a message. Robotic, claimed it was from the SSA, and asked me to press 1 for more info. Glad I found this page!

My daughter just received this same call from this scammer. She was scared and told me to listen to it. I told her immediately that this is a scam! Delete the message. Beware it does sound convincing.

call came from 1-888-810-0377 - Oakland Californa

I did get a call saying that they were from the Social Security Administration. They said my SS# was compromised. I did not call them back.

I just got a call from a 210-361-5833 number saying that illegal activity has been on my social security number but whenever that I called that that's all they wanted was my social security number be where I believe it's a scam to I've been getting a lot of these calls the color show in San Antonio Texas

Add #619-245-4621 to the list

add this number to the scam #;s

202-320-6789

Just got a voicemail like this it was from
1-800-604-0613

Got a call this week from this phone number 915-613-4597 from El Paso, TX. I don't answer any phone numbers I do not recognize so I let it go to voicemail. This is the voicemail message (woman robot voice) beginning of message was cutoff "...this department is to inform you that there is a a legal enforcement action filed on you Social Security number of a criminal activities. So when you get this message kindly return this call as soon as possible on our number 915-613-4597 I repeat 915-613-4597 before we begin with the legal proceedings. Thank you and have a nice day".
Please stop all these scammers and threatening calls.

I also got a call from this number today. Same message.

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