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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 received the same call and the number that I was called from is (510) 112-7904.

They just called me... did answer, went to voicemail. 18000269213

Just got one of those calls

I have been receiving robo calls for the past week or two about once a day from numbers that keep changing but always start (800)205- and claim to be from social security saying my account has been frozen. I’ve just stopped answering when I see calls starting with that combination of numbers but it’s been continuing.

This is not the only recording they use. My call came from 888-609-7732.

I have received two calls saying they are SSA. The one today said if I did not talk to them my ssa card would be suspended in 24 hours.

The number is 518-800-4007

I got 3 calls today so far with a similar, computer generated voice from numbers 817-462-1150 and 817-252-4062. Thing that scares me is a just requested a reissue of my card a few weeks ago and was wondering if one of their employees has done something with my info.

I just received one of these calls today, with the same scam message, but my called ID was 646-808-3005, so they must be using random caller IDs too. Don't fall for it!

I received a call from +14128975210 saying they were with the Social Security Administration and that there was an active case against. I didn't provide any important information and they hung up when I said I suspect that they're not bei g truthful about who they really are. They said their name was Alex Robert, badge # 772015 and the case # as DMC334.

New number to add. (646)-808-1102 from New York, NY. Calling about suspicious activity on my social security info. Asked me to press one only to be met with silence. Hung up and recalled back but was met with an automated voice message system saying the number dialed is "incorrect" and "unavailable".

I got a call from 215-987-6902 saying “your social security number has been compromised” ??? I know it’s a scam but don’t give your information out to these people!!! The call says it came from Philadelphia, PA.

Well at least we know where they are calling from. It came across as Hereford, TX. 806 344 8897 on my phone.

I just received this call saying that it has been suspended. I knew better, and googled it. Don’t fall for anything like this.

This phone number from a 203 area code called me and said they
were the SSA. I called them back but didnt hear things I normally hear when I call the SSA office.

I was told somebody rented a car in ny name purchased drugs in texas and my social was being deactivated

I have received 3 phone calls today from these phone numbers. 800-354-0580, 800-089-1602 and 800-019-1893

1-877-207-5589
Another SSN spam !

Dear Jennifer my deepest appreciation for this article. Everyone here is another SS Scammers: 1 800-205-6537 . I just reported them and I hope no one get damage theur lives.

1-800-205-6537 . I just reported them and I hope no one get damage their lives.

I just received a call from 12065820084 stating my d's card will be suspended and I will face federal charges if I don't speak to someone. I pressed 1 to speak to someone and did not get a live person just music. It was a robot call.

I received a call from a Florida area code (741)-803-4337 saying pretty much the same thing. My social was suspended and reported in fraud charges. This is absolutely ridiculous, these people are the problem with society. Scum of the earth.

Just received the same voicemail. Pathetic!

Receive the same voicemail.

I received a. Phone call they “tried to tell me” there was a arrest warrant out for my arrest because I had defrauded the govt out of millions in Texas.. Absurd ..
I laughed at him he got mad at me
Claimed to be A Dwayne Smith and gave me a badge number (412D4215.. asked me for my address ( said someone was coming by to verify my identity)
I told him I was going to the local police dept to clear up the matter and he hung up ...phone number 5101127903. Of course u cannot call it
Says disconnected

Just got fake social security call. Exactly what you described my , SS number got suspended. Didn’t answer so it left voice mail. Caller ID shown (424) 296-2556. Sick and tired of scam calls.

I have received 5 calls today telling me my SSA has been suspended because of suspicious activity using my SS#. It came from a strange number so of course I have deleted these calls. Just wanted you to know this is happening.

My mom just received this call and she said her SSN. She is a little bit older and she didnt recognize danger. What she must do in this situation and what are threats??

I got this call at 5 am i didnt answer i was asleep
13462857509 Depositing new message From our department is to inform you that there is a legal enforcement action filed on your social security number for fraudulent activities. So when you get this phone call kindly call back to us at the earliest possible before we begin with the legal proceedings on our number that is 346-285-7509 I repeat 346-285-7509 thank you.. Click here: 14699825018 to listen to full voice message.

I was just called yesterday and was left a message on my iphone.
This call is from the legal department of Social Security administration. Your social security number has been suspended and we have filed a case under your name so before this file goes to federal court house for you to get arrested kindly press #1.
The number was out of Seattle. 206-582-0084.

I got this call from 206 area code in Seattle as well on july 3 2019. Called back and they said my ss # had fraudulent activity such as money laundering and drug trafficking. They were going to suspend my ss number. They were giving me addresses I never heard of. Confirmed the last 4 of my social with them unfortunately.

Same call and same message also! Just different #s

Just received a Social Security SCAM call from 201-252-5782. Sounded like somebody from India - my guess.

I'm getting continuous calls from different states with a number format as follows: xxx/205-xxxx. Texas and Vermont were 2 of the states the calls came from. I blocked the calls on my cell phone. Does anyone know how I can prevent them from coming through?

Check with your Cell Phone Provider to see if they have a Robo Blocker available... Many do and some are free. ...
I activated the free blocker on my cell phone, and now when I get these SS Spam calls, it shows as SPAM and blocks the call from ringing on my phone. However, somehow , they can still leave a message--before listening to it, I research the number on-line, then, knowing it's SS Spam, just delete without listening to it.

Scammers use multiple numbers to call from: The above voicemail in a different male voice came from this number: 877 - 562 - 9267
Fortunate that I while at work can't be on phones and must be set them to silent or vibrate. So this call went to voicemail. NEVER call these numbers back..always call the actual agency or bank directly.

Got a robo call from Unknown Caller pretending to be Social Security. Says legal action is pending against me. Right. Couldn't block call cause no number was indicated. Sheesh, these scammers are relentless.

I received one of those calls and I ask them if this was the social security office than I was going to ask for the supervisor to see if it was from them which I knew it wasn’t but I was never going to give them any information! They hung up!

That just happened to me today they told me someone was trying to use my information in Texas and ask if I ever lived at certain places I realized that they were going through in identity verification to try to obtain credit from somewhere and I told them I will called ssa myself and see if my ssn will be suspended. This called after being on top class action website and filling out a form

I received a call from the Social Security office Dallas, His name was Sam William Batch ID 9797108, case number DC701 with a strong Indian accent. telling me there been suspicion activity on my social. He ask me if the local office called me. I told them I have a fraud activity on my SSN. He said I need to verified myself. I ask him how do I know that you are real. I ask him question what is the number to his office and he wouldn't answer me. I ask him if he is at the Dallas office and why does the phone number shows as a Florida number. Oh and I'm in San Antonio. Is this a scam

They have been calling me nonstop for days from all different numbers And leaving voice messages when I called back or actually press one to speak to somebody they are foreign speaking and very rude obnoxious horrible people I’ve reported them to the FTC and I’ve also put myself on the do not call registry what else can be done this is harassment and it’s finest form and it needs to end I will go find these people myself if I have to somebody help me

I am getting repeated calls over the last few days (July 2019) about the legal enforcement on my social. The caller ID showing TX number 817-402-1237

I just got repeated calls/vmail from this number (510)112-7904. Be careful!!

Scam from ‭+1 (510) 112-7904‬ claiming to be SSA and my account is suspended.

Had two phone calls now several days apart @ 803-334-0235 & 229-518-3658. Both automated and stated my SSN was being used in fraudulent activity and that it/ I was being investigated by the DEA and the Police. Told to press 1 to talk to someone about the charges and that if someone didn't answer that I was supposed to call another number to rectify this. Automated voice sounded Indian or Arabic. I Hung up.

Constantly getting text messages as well varying between shopper scams, pain medication scams and survey scams.

I never say a word to these people. Was told awhile back not to say anything because if you say a paragraph or anything with some of the words such as: I, yes, have, will, etc... They can chop the audio and piece it together as if you agreed to what they're saying. Also heard you should never call them back! They can get you/ lock you or your number in that way.

I'm going to report these and suggest you do as well.

The DEA would either come to your door or send an official letter. The SSA would likely send an official letter. The police would show up @ your door. If anyone asks about your bank account information or calls wanting money/ threatening legal action it's probably fake/ scammers. If there is a chance it could be legit don't give your information out right away but call the official number and find out if it is actually legit.

Be cautious. It could take a lifetime to fix what these people are trying to steal from you. Don't give them anything, just hang up without saying a word then report it. (Write down exactly when they call, the number, what they say, accent or any background noises/ if it's automated or an actual person, etc...) Think of this like witnessing a crime. You would get details like what they looked like, the car they drove, license plate and direction they went. It's the same concept but use your auditory senses and listen for clues.

Let's do our best to catch these thieves/ criminals.

Is there any recourse? Can't the ftc block these robo calls?

This FTC article tells how you can block calls on your mobile phone and landline. For example, you can use call-blocking options on a mobile phone, install apps, or contact your carrier.

I’ve been getting the same call multiple times per day. The Google Voice app shows a country code of +51 which is Peru. I know no one at SSA is based out of the country! No way I’m calling them back! They leave an 800 call back phone number, but it’s not SSAs number. Caller ID shows +51 01127902 on every call in voicemail! When I look at caller ID when the phone is ringing, it looks like a regular US number area (510) 112-7902, but it’s not.

Haha the end of the message... and we will have to arrest you.. So I have gotten two calls ( 510) 112-7904 on 7.3.19 which I researched and is an active SSA scam number... my daughter got the same calls, with a V/M stating the above suspension.. Funny thing.. She is a District Attorney.....

I just received a telephone call saying that my benefits are being suspended for suspicious activity. Thank you for this information.

Seattle here - just got the same call regarding my suspended SS#. I keep calling back - 18004262028 - they answer "Social Security Administration" and then I start yelling at them and they hang up. What a huge scam. Losers.

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