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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 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

Me too!
They called from a number with my area code and the same first three digits of my number. I played along ... they didn’t ask for any information other than confirming my name which was wrong but I played along. They told be in order to get $9000 I’d have to call a number - 202.750.4817. FAKES!!!

I just received a similar call telling me my SS # had been compromised and to press a certain number for more information. I knew it was not from there, so I terminated the call. I had another one yesterday from a different number saying I had been involved in illegal activity. I did the same thing. They are alive and well and out to get our information, so beware!

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.

I got tbe end of a voicemail saying " my social would be suspended if I didn't call them back at a 214 area code..... I did try to call back, no one answered it just rang and rang???

I just got call from 1800 136 4557 and stating same thing. It looks like scam.

They have called me more than 10 calls in this week. And the numbers vary: ‭+1 (713) 403-4638‬, ‭+1 (713) 760-5992‬, ‭+1 (713) 338-9960‬, ‭+1 (516) 317-0045‬, ‭+1 (516) 317-0045‬, ‭+1 (516) 754-6891‬, and some shown unknown. They have the same content saying that “ hello this call is from the investigation department of social security administration this is to inform you that your Social Security number is being suspended and there is an arrest warrant being issued under your name to talk to an officer press one I repeat to know more about the case press one...” That’s really annoying me.

this EXACT thing just happened to me. called the number back and it was offering a special promotion for ppl over 50. and they called from 2 different numbers: 1(800)-772-4823 and 1(800)-772-8519 within an hour of eachother.

The exact same thing happened to me just now. When called number back it was supposed to be about lowering my electric bills
18778035681.

I received scam call saying that it was from SSA from 480-618-5262 and 202-858-9959

What happens if you hit "2"

They would most likely, as said in the voicemail, Ask for your information and other personnels that they could use to rob you of your cash or something.

I’m getting a call saying my social security # has been frozen in one call and another from a Federal Agent? I work for a federal Agency so it Wouldn’t be too difficult to locate me!

Got the exact same voicemail fro a 210 area code. I deleted the message and blocked the number. I tried calling it and got an automated message. SCAMMERS!!!

Same, got a message from a 210 number said it was from San Antonio

Same call happened to me, but it was from a 425 area code number, makes you wonder what is going on.

Same call asking for SSN and fraudulent activity 425 292 1128

SS will never call you! Period! NEVER give your social to anyone unless you KNOW who and why!

I received a call today tell me that my Soc sec number has been compromised and that I needed to call back before this goes into court. The number is 717-312-8156 is this a scam call. I think it is .

Add 866-390-1660 to the spam caller list. Robocall asking me to call back at that number because of suspicious activity regarding my SSN. Dumb jerks actually thought I would call them back, LOL!

They have an infinite amount of phone numbers. Adding one number to a scam list in your phone will not deter them.

I keep getting those calls and random voicemails, I’ve blocked so many.
And every time it’s the same robotic voice that tries so hard to sound like a person

I think it might be a California thing tbh, I only ever get them when I travel to California. Last time I came here I got 1 of those calls. This time I’ve gotten over 10 and then ‘bout 5 or 6 voicemails. All from different numbers so you know they got that call box thing.
Like my guy I’m tryna enjoy my vacation cease and desist

Yes!!!!! We all NEED THIS APP however those of us who are on a budget can't afford this app!!! Its ridiculous that something that's supposed to help the world always has to cost money. If anyone knows of an app that also does the same thing I would love to know what the name of it is

If you have a mobile phone:

  • search for free call-blocking apps
  • see if your phone has built-in features that let you block calls
  • ask your phone carrier what call-blocking services it offers

You can find a list of call-blocking apps for mobile phones at ctia.org. That is a website for the U.S. wireless communications industry. The site lists apps for Android, BlackBerry, iOS (Apple), and Windows devices.

what app? I'm not rich, but would like to stop being awakened by stupid scammers who don't know what time it is where they're calling! I need sleep!

They asked me to call back at (206)231-6022 after calling from a (401) number, and proceed to call me back 3x w/o leaving a voicemail. They had my full name and home addess, very disturbing

T he past 2 days I have been getting calls from a Washington DC number saying basically the same thing. The call a few minutes ago left a transcribed message on phone. When I call back, I get a busy signal.

Same! I got 3 robot calls from different numbers from Washington DC saying my ssn is being used in Texas and to press 1 to speak to officer Amanda Barnes.

Just got that same call from DC, Office Amanda Barnes about my SS # being used in Texas

I just got this call for the second time today an its coming from a number that has same area code an same first 3 numbers as mine it was a prerecorded message saying your SS# has been compromised in south Texas an officer Amanda Barns is trying to reach you press 1 for officer Amanda Barns

I've received this same call three times today. That my SSN has been used on the Texas border and to press 1. Two of the calls had the 817 area code and one used the 937 area code. I can see how some people could be taken in by these jerks.

My mom got the same message stating her SSN is/was being used in Texas and press #1 to speak to an officer. I told her that sounds like a scam, but it really upsetted her.

I got this exact same message about my SSN being used in texas and asked to press 1 to speak to an officer almost one month after your mom. Clearly, there is no effort being made to force these scammers to cease and desist from preying upon the honest, hard-working general public..... SAD considering how many dollars honest folks pay in federal, state, and local taxes!!!

I just got scammed on Thursday from El Paso TX. Lost $7,200.00. They said I needed to secure funds and withdraw all but #1,000.00 from my bank account immediately and purchase gift cards from different Target stores. I had received the same robocalls over the past 4 days and was on line with the OIG filing a conplaint when they called Thursday morning. The caller said they were associated with the OIG and I fell for it. The scammer identified himself as Steven Brown, badge @ 29937, with the Treasury Department in El Paso. He kept me on the phone for over 2 hours while I purchased gift card at 2 different Target stores. I can't believe how stupid I feel. I then drove to the County Sheriffs Department where I had to wait nearly 2 hours to give a statement. It looks to me that Law Enforcement couldn't care less. I haven't been contacted by a detective yet.

Apparently some of my FB friends received messages "from me" telling them that I just received a big benefit from SS. Then two days ago I received a msgs from SSI in Texas 1-817-400-9117 telling me to press 1 as my SS number has been compromised in South Texas.
Thank God....I'm smarter than this hacker.

They tried pulling the same thing on me today. The scary thing is they had my social security number, address, and full name and birthdate. It's starting to get scary out there

I feel so bad for you. This makes me want to cry because the same happened to me today. Gave them my socia number and then i was on my way yo target to put my money in gift cards. Halfway, is stopped and asked the scammer on the phone, how would i know this wasnt a scam. He still tried to convience my but i had doubts and a bad feeling so i got mad and hang up on him and left back home and filed a report. I feel so stupid that i almost fell for this

Thank you for filing a report. This will help other people.

Just got the exact phone call, hung up and googled. The number was (774)955-8958

Received the same message from 2 different phone numbers within a few hours of each other. They both referenced Officer Amanda Barnes. 607-388-0678 and 281-429-3827. If you press one a woman with a foreign accent answers and asks how she can help you. I responded with, I don't know. You called me. She hung up.

Just got a call from 410-623-7000 on my cell from and at work from 2027885320 simultaneously saying the same thing. When I told them they were calling the DOJ Criminal Division Fraud section and the call would be recorded they hung up.

I"m hunting down these scammers. To be clear, I just called the 202-788-5320 phone number and the lady said they were a law office in California. So the number is a faked (spoofed) number.

I just got 2 calls within an hour from Port Arthur, TX. My Robokiller got them, but I posted this article to my Facebook because I have family that would fall for this. This stuff is getting to be annoying, to the point I no longer answer my phone.

I agree they are so annoying I don’t answer my calls either.

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