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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 just got a call from Indiana, saying fraudulent activity was happening on my SS number. This is the number they called from. +12192154910

I too just got two calls, two hours apart. Both left a robotic VM saying to press 1 now to be connected to someone. Both numbers are completely different other than 888

I also got the calls from 888 from the last 3 days. Thank god, it got disconnected.

Received a call saying that my ss# would be suspended and that I needed to press 1 to speak with a representative to get more information. When I pressed 1, the line was disconnected. Not sure whether or not the disconnect was intentional on their end.

I have gotten the same. Then when I hit 1 disconnected. Should I be worried? I didn't talk to anyone and gave out no info.

When you answer and press a button it confirms you phone number is active. They'll be coming at you another way and now your number is on a call list.

How do i stop them if i pressed 1 ??

Here's the new scam number 646.904.4108

Just got a call from this number .1.805.158.5207

This is a scam number I suppose too, someone call me today and same lines. Be careful! This is the number: 2029324960

It’s always fake because no legitimate agency uses the phone for communication regarding monetary issues. I’ve trained myself on that young so that I’ll remember it (hopefully) when I’m older and more vulnerable. I’ve also broken myself of the habit of phone politeness I learned as a child. Now I just hang up on everyone from scammers to wrong numbers. It might be rude but scammers record bits and use it as “proof” you authorized something.

Agree with KBE, it has been on the news. DON'T give out information over the phone. SS department let's people know they will Never call and ask for your number or money, you cannot depend on others to fix these issues for you. It stinks, but these calls are from everywhere, I think mostly from other countries. I returned a call because I knew it was a scam call told them I was going to report their number, they responded with some very foul language and I hung up on me. They use so many numbers it is hard to keep track of them. Sorry for all the people that lost their money but I hope it a lesson to everyone that get these calls just hang up.

Ironic that you post to a government site. My experience is that people in government are far more responsive than the telephone companies or insurance companies or banks or credit bureaus and so forth. If you call or write your congressman demand instead that he or she works to put teeth back into agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

Round Rock, Texas 5/13/19 I got a call from 1 (800)185-1220 they told me that my social security number was being investigated asked me for my address and the last four of my social security he sounded like he was from India but I can be wrong. When I called back the phone was disconnected. It is a scam. Don't give anyone any information about your self over the phone.

5/13/19. Got a call from a Maryland number. Same thing telling me my ssn is being investigated and to call back before legal action is taken. What a world we live in.

I just got a call from MD 410-226-3059
Saying my SS# was compromised and asked to return the call to discuss the case with SS Investigating Officer.

Fortunately, my RoboKiller app blocked the call and kept the recording for me to hear. They called twice within one hour. BE CAREFUL!

Ne .. what is the name of the RoboKiller app. Obviously we all need it!
My call came from a Compton, CA number 310~361~1004. Said they were calling from the "Legal Department of Social Security Administration"... said my SS# has been suspended & they filed a case under my name. Before the matter goes to Federal Claim Court house for me to get arrested, to press '1' "
This all went to my voice mail. NOT COOL MAN!!

I received a call telling me social security is reviewing my case and call social security officers. I don't have caller ID . This is horrible.

What happenned after ?? My dad just revieved that call.

I just got a call with the same recording. It was not someone live. The call came from 1 800-491-9090
But last week I got the same phone call from another phone #. I did not listen the recording for long I ended it any the blocked the caller.

I got 7 of these calls today! It’s become utterly ridiculous. I never pick up. I didn’t see anyone else mention it here, but if they ask you a question, never answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’. I think I read that the scammers can construct a fake conversation where you appear to be agreeing to something.

Received a voicemail from a Florida phone number (772) 521-9724. Stating I need to contact the Magistrate Dept. With a case number. If I fail to contact them my social security number will be suspended.

I just got a phone 2033089954

Let's add another number to the list:
832-564-3547. LOL I called back because I felt like having fun. I told the 'officer' that I needed his # so that my attorney could call him directly and discuss the matter. He said to call the number I just called. I said, 'No, I needed his number." He repeated that I needed to call the number I just called. But I insisted I needed his number and guess what.... He hung up on me. LOL LOL LOL.

I got the exact same call on my voicemail just now.. ridiculous.

I asked him for last 4 numbers of his SS #

goodness.i just this very day got an identical call as this one.
i hung up and it went to voicemail, recorded the whole thing.
crazy people.not cool indeed! a roller coaster ride until i found this to read so thank you for posting your message!

I got the same call today too! But the # is 510-112-7281. Called every hour since 10am because I didn't answer. Each time I only got the end of the automated message. So I finally picked up the last call at 2pm and it said to press 1 as well but the call ends immediately after saying press 1. Not cool for sure. Now gonna have to put up a fraud alert.

Same exact number called me. I pushed one. Connected to someone with an accent, couldn't understand what he was saying so hung up. I hope I'm okay.

You’re DEFINITELY ok!!!!! Just never ever give out your social security number or account numbers or anything. If you’re still unsure, hang up, Google the legitimate company it’s self and call them. Make sure the website you googled is the actual legitimate company. Research, research, research! Also try typing in the command line on a search: scam (space) and then the phone number. Or name. You will more than likely see that number reported several times with other people experiencing the same scam. And any number you call back and it hangs up on you, it’s a scam. Also, make them give information about yourself to you first, etc. etc. , even with the legitimate ones. Many ways you can be safe about this. It’s an epidemic of mass proportions these days.

Is it safe if I only told the person on the other side of the phone my Full name and my zip code??! (He keeps calling me btw on different numbers but same voicemail number)

I gave the person on the phone my Full name and Zip Code...is that still safe?

Same I did. Am I safe ?
‭+1 (800) 685-3456‬

You should be careful, next time they will collect some other information like your birth date, please register your self in credit alert system, so if some one inquiry or applying for loan or credit card on behalf of you, you will get a alert immediately.

No it's not at all wise or safe to give out any info to any unknown callers, or calls that you did not initiate, period!

I also got a scam call this morning with a recorded voice to press 1 since my social security number has been suspended! Since I didn't know about the scam earlier so I pressed 1 and nothing happened further. Am I still safe or already fall victim? Is there any way they can do some harm to me for pressing 1? Thanks.

Same happen to me fron Florida: 8638274116

I got the same message from a woman named Mary.I could only understand half of what she told me. I almost fell for it but I caught on quick

You are ok but now they will tag your number as someone who takes the scam calls. Be prepared for more calls from their buddies.

I just got a call from a number very close to that 510-112-7560. Let it got to VM. Got a similar call a few days ago from a MI area code but that VM threatened legal action including turning me over to the "magistrate". It's crazy the amount of scammers out there.

Don't press 1. That's what the scammer does to be assured that he has called a working number. It means you will get more calls. Here's the thing: No one from the Social Security Administration will ever call you on the phone and ask for any part of your number. The SSA will never, ever "suspend" or "investigate" your social security number. If you feel you must answer the phone, don't even speak. Either hang up right away, or -- and this is my favorite -- put your phone down on he counter and wait for them to give up and hang up on you. Don't engage with the caller in any way, shape or form. This goes for the B.S. scam calls pretending to be from the RS. The IRS ain't gonna call you. Or the calls from the sheriff saying you're going to be arrested, All fake. All they want is YOUR MONEY.

On the 2nd call, I did press 1, told the guy off and haven't received a call since!

I did the same thing. Press 1 and spoke to someone. Well not actually spoke i cussed them out and i havent gotten a call since. Before they would call me and leave a voicemail 4 to 5 times a day ..

They are now just using 'robocalls' and ya can't even cuss at someone anymore. lol

My caller was robo as well. Called, left message, called back with the same fake number, left a message, then called from a different number and left message. All before 6:30 am! How rude! I'm about to go back to house phone only. You want to talk to me? Wait until I'm home. I pay way too much money to have people calling my cell phone for this!

I just received one of this calls and it was clearly someone with an indian accent

Agree. Don't press one. In fact, don't answer any calls that are not in your contact list. Let them go to voicemail. If it's legit, they'll leave a message!!

I just received the exact same call & partial msg on my VM as Devilish1427. And when I called back I also heard that same robo msg. Only difference is the # (+1-518-800-4007) & it says it came from NY. Good luck people. Remember to stay vigilant and NEVER share any of your info with a cold caller. If you really believe that you might have a problem then contact the REAL SSA and ask a real agent or whatever title that they use.

I have received several calls today saying my Social Security number has been suspended. The caller ID is 510-112-7281. The recording asked me to press 1. I blocked the number.

I just received this message also. They said my social security number had been suspended. The caller ID was 877-890-3556.

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