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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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Don't answer call from this number. 1- 800-054-9225
Scams. Social security scams.

I just received a phone call saying the same thing. "This call is from the Department of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received it 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." Came from phone number 646-481-2248. This is the 2nd call I've received over the past few days.

I just received a call from 646-481-2248. The automated voice said the call was from the department of social security administration and that my social security number is being suspended due to suspicious activity. It went on to say that if I wanted to know more I should dial 1. When I did that the call ended. When I tried calling the number I reached a recording that said the Google Fi number I was calling was not available.

I received a call from ‭+1 (817) 402-1252‬ saying legal action is been taken on my SSN to call back when I called back it was someone with a thick accent couldn’t understand him so hung up scam?

I recieved a call yesterday around 5:32 pm about a scam about social security and if I dont call them back they will take legal action against me the number that called me wea 1-877-876-3171

Today I received a text from (866) 838-4072, the text said “Dear Amazon Customer, Your order has been placed successfully, and $469.00 will be charged to your primary card.” They included an order number. I after going to Amazon.com and having them to call me I found out this text was a scam.

I also received a message saying my social security number has been suspended due to suspicious activity

Just received a similar VM today so it is still an active scam.

I had a feeling it was a scam by how it was an automated message. Just didn’t seem right. It was in my voice mail to call. I don’t think so!!! I googled this and read it was a scam.

I received a call from the IRS saying I owe back taxes it's a scam right?

I've been getting a phone call from 518-673-7061. Voice message says legal enforcement action has been filed on my social security number for fraudulent activity. It says before this matter goes to the state courthouse and before I get arrested I should all this number. ---- I'm not biting, but be aware. They've hit every number on our Verizon family share plan.

I just got a call from 243-105-7240 with the same message. It said that they found suspicious activity and was suspended my SSN.

Receive two calls today, one to my cell phone from 509-348-2720 and another (just after the first) to my desk phone at work. Somehow they correlated the two together.

I received a call from this number. There are so many scammers that we never answer the phone unless we recognize the number. The caller left a message stating there was a law enforcement action filed against my social security number though the caller did not use my name. Told me I must call them back immediately at this number or law enforcement actions would be instituted immediately.
Needless to say, I did not call them back.
After Googling the number I came across an article that led me to this website. I clicked on the scam example above and the call I received sounds almost identical.

they just called me twice and told me my ss # is involved in criminal activity

I got a call from this number : ‭+1 (800) 071-9213‬ with same message, I pressed 1 to learn more, she asked her about her name and number she sounds Indian girl and gave fake number and address in Maryland... Again this # ‭+1 (800) 071-9213‬

Scam call from ‭+1 (1) (811) 865-602‬ today. Yes that is the actual number showing

I just received the call from 240-367-9312 - what a scam..this is terrible but people need to know NOT to fall for this -

Received a call from 530-447-9190 saying it was officer Marie Gomez from the SSA and that my my SS# has been suspended due to "some reasons". They request a call back at the same number.

got 3 calls back to back

1 800 297 8118 2x
1 800 462 3997 1x
finally picked up and immediately hung up but
your SS # has been compromised and will be suspended.
SSA does not call you.
SCAM

‭I just received a call from this number +1 (646) 593-8977‬ and I let it go to voicemail and this was the voicemail they left .

“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…”

Repeated calls from 1-800-006-4722 with similar recording. Female voice.

I just received a call similar to scam example provided in this website. The call was made from this number: (772)276-6958.
Now the $1M question: how do we stop these type of calls?
Thanks in advance.

I just received a call from (646)594-3974
The recording was very simular to the example. Googled and this link popped up. Thanks for informing the public!

I got this message today as well.

I have finally received one of these calls. Except it was from 1(646)594-3974. Funny thing is, they didn't call my actual phone number. They called my TextNow number! LOL!

I just listened to a voicemail I received saying that my ss# was being suspended due to fraudulent activity. The first thing I did was look on line to see if there were any scams going on.
Even though I know I’m good and doing nothing illegal, it still sends a little worry into the pit of your stomach until you figure it out.
Just like if a cop is driving behind you and you know you’re not speeding or doing anything illegal.
Glad I found this page right away!

My Son got this on his phone a few days ago,caller ID was Unknown.He of course knew it was a robo call scam. Then today
I got a call on my LandLine from a MaryLand SS office they claimed. I called back using a different # from a App.
Was a Indian women.
Phone # first was 833 323 0343
When asked my name I gave them the fake Name 'Dale Gribble' from show King of the Hill. After a moment I said "Why is a SS office from several states over calling me? Ive already read this is a scam Lady, My Local SS would send me a letter to call them,Not call and threat of warrents,Jail etc" She then started acting like she couldnt hear me then hung up.

They called and about 3x leaving a robocall each time.
This is beyond Annoying.

I just received a phone call yesterday afternoon around 3:30 it came up as a Texas number 512 861-2354 they told me to call them right away or an arrest warrant would be issued it was an automated robot call so just for fun I called them back and said this is not the Social Security office and they hung up.

I'm getting repeated calls for the same scam, back to back, over multiple days. The number changes every time. Typically they come in bursts of 5 in very short succession, and they always leave a message. Same garbled recording about my SSN being deactivated. There MUST be a way to get these to stop.

I just received a call saying my SSS is being suspended due to a suspicious activity from a 281 area code number. Glad I checked with this website first.

I just got a call that came up on my caller ID as Pinnacle Diamonds. I’ve gone to a doctors before that was pinnacle. I let it go to voicemail and an automated thing said to call1-800-498-6192 or legal action would proceed against me. My husband called the number back and the person that answered said they were from social security and had a very thick accent.

Just received my second call in two days showing CLI # 888 574 252. Slight variation in the reported text. Message ends with "Press 1 to get more details".

I receive this call at least twice weekly! Please stop them !!!

I received the same call just today 12:20PM. I am grateful to have found this page and I heard exactly the same thing from that scammer's prerecorded voice message. The number is 347-410-9414 so please beware! I blocked the number. I also changed my contact numbers when I moved to NYC. Apparently, the former owner of number assigned to me had a lot of issues in the past that I get calls from the court house, police station, credit card companies, child services. It sucks that these cellphone companies recycle old numbers! I wish there was a law not allowing that! Or a regulation to screen numbers before they are given to new subscribers.

Just got the phone call and voice mail from 725319449 scam SSA

This morning I keep getting calls from the number 618-424-4305, Stating the following information:
“ The nature behind this call is to inform you about a suspension Notice we have received against your Social Security number, by the federal crime and investigation department. We need to talk to you as soon as possible. Again this call Is from social security administration. Number to reach department is 618-424-4305 “.
So I did call the number a few times and told them to stop calling me and I accuse them of being fraudulent and illegal and they would just hang up on me. I then called back one more time to ask them what they thought they had against my Social Security number. The guy I talk to was definitely from India and said his name was Connor Smith and his agent number Number was IRC 405762. So I actually talk to this guy and he requested my name which I had no problem giving him that then he wanted my Social Security number and my birthdate. I said you should already have my Social Security number since you know it has been used. I said I’ll give you the last four digits and he said that was not good enough. I asked to speak to his supervisor and conveniently the supervisor was in a meeting. They just called me again while typing in this comment. So beware because they are liars and I seriously doubt there is an Indian they just called me again while typing in this comment. So beware because they are liars and I seriously doubt there is an Guy with the India accent, With the name Connor Smith. What a crock!

I just received a call on my cell phone! Same scam. Here’s the iPhone transcript. The caller ID number was 844-143-4325

“...this call is from the Department of Social Security administration and the reason you have received a 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…”

I received a call from Houston,TX 346-285-7617 saying that they were the SSA claiming that there are legal allegations made in my name and the local police department.

just received4 scam calls saying my ss# was suspended. This is funny because the last number of the phone number calling is left off. be careful out there. This scam is not funny. Had the same scam from irs saying a federal warrant was being delivered to my house. this was first of the year when govt. was shut down including the federal court systems. be careful.

These scam numbers I received today all started with 1-864. definitely robo callers.

I was just called by 855-281-7147 This is me filing a complaint. I have not been scammed as I know that Federal Governments DO NOT CALL they write only when it comes to first contact. Or they simple arrive at your location. Feel free to call above number and mess with these people and jam up there lines so they get no where. Have fun with a scammer.

Received 3 calls in the last 24 hours. All went to VM and they all did threaten to suspend my SS benefits permanently. I filed FTC report. 2 calls came in as unknown caller and one came in as from 800 409 7325

I have been getting these calls for months and just ignored the calls. Finally answered today, the guy asked for my full name. I said before I give you that information, can you please verify that you are actually the SSA? He hung up. Good luck scammers. Its the elderly I worry about. This needs to be on the prime time news!

So I just got this call about my SS being at risk. It sounded quite suspicious, so I said, “This sounds like a scam,” and the person hung up faster than a New York minute. It’s a shame that these groups are stealing money from older people. Vengeance is the Lord’s and He will pay these people back for their terrible deeds. If not in this life, then in the next.

Watch out for this number also:
510-322-2295

Rec'd a call 8 times in a row on my cell saying my SS number was used in criminal activity in Texas and to call ASAP 1-213-262-2986. This is a scam not only did he threaten me. He said if I didn't pay $ 1500.00 today he was going to process the papers to have an arrest warrant issued. I cracked up laughing and I pretended to be scared and gave him a fake name. He gave a fake chuckle and confirmed he found my record and he was going to issue the arrest warrant. I said good luck :)

Phone numbers (765) 002-1669, (765) 073-7364 and (765) 066-2567 are calling my phone number non stop leaving the same voicemail about my SSN being suspended. These numbers cannot be called back because I tried too, be careful of these scammers. Don't believe anything!!!

This has happend to me 5 times just this morning. 5 calls from different numbers.

Just received a call from what they said was the SSA regarding my social being compromised and linked to criminal activities! The number was (817) 252-4871. I did not provide the information she wanted and she threatened saying that the police and raid squad would be here within 20 minutes and to cooperate with them. I hung up. Be Aware!!!!!

I just got the call about my SSN being suspended/ deactivated due to fraud. 1 (816) 973-714 was the number that came up on the caller ID. It was a robocall asking for me to press 1.

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