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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 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.

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!

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.

I also received calls from Texas #(940) 59-4250. I got 2 calls within 45 minutes of eachother. I guess they just keep at you as well as move on to the next victim.

Same thing just happened to me. Maryland number. Thank you for your comment, it helped me greatly

Same here. I was using a visual voicemail app and I was able to take a screenshot and also block the number.

Got one from +800 0830088 today (08/02/19) saying my SSN has been suspended. I pressed 1 and gave a guy my first and last name. He then hang up. Did not know it was SCAM until I looked the number up. Should not have given my name. It's freaking scary and disturbing!! I hope my SSN and other personal info is safe.

I've been receiving a similar call every day for the past week (today is Aug. 5, 2019). The number is +1 800-145-9081. I didn't pick up but they've left voicemails saying: "We have been forced to suspend your social security number with immediate effect. Due to this, all your social benefits will be canceled until further clearance. In case you feel this is a _____ (inaudible) you may connect with Legal South of Social Security Administration. In order to connect with a Social Security Administration officer PRESS ONE. Now in case we do not hear from you, YOUR SOCIAL WILL BE BLOCKED PERMANENTLY. To connect now, PRESS ONE and you will automatically be connected with the concerned department official."
I have never answered them and hope they stop calling me.

I received a similar call as well on Aug 9th from 1-800-187-1908 then they called today from Aug 13th from 1-800-621-3034. I didn't answer the phone but they left a voicemail stating that, "We have been forced to suspend your social security number with immediate effect. Due to this, all your social benefits will be canceled until further clearance." I tried blocking them but they call from different numbers but I have noticed a pattern that the calls normal occur around 11:30 am EST.

They called me today... saying my SSN has been compromised and whoever came on the phone said he was an SS chief investigator... I knew it was a scam because SSN office would not call to inform me they would send a letter on formal letter head addressing the issue. But I decided to play along and I chose number one. They said my name and I told him he was wrong. It was my maiden name. I said if you are the social security office you should have my correct name and immediately the phone call was disconnected.

I got a call from 2142672248 saying my social security number is being misused somewhere in US. Press 1 to speak to officer.

Also just got a ROBO Call from 410-702-5695 saying same thing this is the SS Office and your SSN is under investigation call back

I also got a call from the MD number 4108960964 saying my ssa was used in a scam and I would be arrested if I did not talk to their office. Craziness.

Just call me and told me i was going to be arrested ssi fraud and when i called back the number was not in service.

I got the same phone call today 5/20/19. From 4106094664. Said the same words, my ssn was being investigated and to call before legal action is taken. It was a recording and said to call the number back.

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