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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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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.

I've received a similar call as well. i wonder if someone is using my SSN & my identity to do benefit fraudulent activities... this is not the only call i have received, but prior to this today, i was receiving calls on some sort of law suit scam calls against me.

This is a scam number that keeps calling saying it's the SSA to press one don't do it 5101127272 SCAM alert

I just received repeated call from the following number: 510-112-7902. A similar recording about the suspension of my social security number was played.

I am getting calls from a 510 area code with the same sounding message but it askes me to press 1 to hear about the case. After 4 calls in 2 days, I thought it might be a phishing scam and the moment I hit 1, that’s it, they got me. So, I searched the web for a SSS scam and of course, this article came up! Thank you for publishing it, sounds like the scammers have changed their end up a bit...?!

Just received two calls from ‭+1 (510) 112-7272‬. Putting this here so a google search helps others beware.

I just got this call from the number (646)358-6685. I reported the call spam, blocked the number , and reported it to the national do not call registry.

got calls about suspicion activity and suspended SSN. 6 calls from 510-112-7903

Same as all the others. Two calls within a few hours from numbers that ID'd as Texas: (817)-272-5792 & (817)-403-9958. I never answer unknown numbers. Both times a VM was left...about something (unintelligible) happening in Texas "so please in the order go ahead get more information to speak with the officer press one. Thank you and have a great day". Needless to say it's BS and I didn't call back. However, I did block both numbers and I am having a great day....unless/until this nonsense repeats.

My husband and I both received the same voicemail this morning. (510) 112-7901 is the number we received the call from. Same recording SSN has been suspended and press 1 for more information. They called back and I pressed 0 and the call ended.

Same call still coming in: From 281 766 7670 this time. Three calls here to land line and two cell phones over two days.
If you want to play along with them, they'll not be calling others, maybe.
DO NOT give them ANY personal identifying information!

This exact scam called all 3 of our cell numbers this morning multiple times

Just got a call from 1800-748-3716 saying my SSN has been suspended due to suspicious activity and to press 1 to talk to a federal operator or my SSN will be suspended forever. So I pressed one and someone with a thick accent responded asking me for my information. I was looking up online the number while talking to him and saw that the number wasn't showing anywhere as a federal number so I just hang up.

Beware of 972-619-8652

Just received this call from (800) 052-9225

I rec'd a call from 844-361-5898, asking me all sorts of info. I hung up, did not sound legit. Scary!

My aunt received a call, they gave her a social security number to verify and provided her date of birth. The call came from 949-799-4835. I called them back and they said it was regarding activities in Florida. But the 949 number comes up on the caller ID as San Clemente CA. They told her she was going to be arrested. She did not give them any information. The first time I called it rang 6 times and disconnected. The second time it rang through and a different person answered.

Don't answer calls from numbers you don't know, and never give out personal information over the phone. Also, don't push "1" or any other number if asked. That just lets them know they have a good number. Same with calling back, once you call them, you've verified a real number. I got the same social security phone call from 872-484-7213, and a woman's voice recording (with no accent) told me to call them with my social security number. She said if I didn't, she would "get me arrested." That is a clue right there. They all seem to be using the same script with improper English.

My dad is 78 and just got one saying they made mistakes and they want to change his payments. We pay taxes in USA you think they use taxes to make a better area of Aging and to stop scams like this..but no your elected officials get their haircut or shoes shined for free.. must be nice I can only afford cheap shoes that dont require shoe shine...we should not paid for perks

Recd vm telling me to call due to urgent legal matter. I called and the rep with strong accent answered "social security administration"...then asked for reference number (which there was none left on vm). He then demanded name and SS to "locate file". Yeah, right!
Number was 319-238-4997

Scam calls are getting more prevalent these days and are becoming quite disturbing to the general public, especially the elderly who are often targeted. Our mobile phone companies/carriers should take responsibility in this matter and produce a free app that will filter scam calls. Back tracing is a simple way to verify if a number is a legitimate business or individual. What needs to be done is that everyone of us contact our phone service provider and tell them we are going to drop their service and find another carrier if they don't do something within business 7 days. If we ALL do this, the phone companies will see the billions of dollars in losses that are coming and take immediate action. We the people have great power when we band together under a single cause. Freedom from Harassment is our RIGHT! Call your phone company now and begin the fight to stop scammers. Tell them to develop the app! Or you will cancel service.

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

This FTC article about blocking unwanted calls explains options for blocking calls on mobile phones, landlines and phones that get service over the internet.

I received a call today from this number 619-320-2718. This time the scam said they were calling from the legal department and that my number was suspended pending legal action so before it goes to court I need to contact them or else I would be arrested. These calls are very stressful. I really wished FTC could shut these scams down completely.

18888452702 This number just did same thing to me

This morning I received a call from "Russell", an agent from Social Security. The phone # he called from was: 800 576 7618, said to call back, look for Russell. Also, he said that the FBI, and HOMELAND SECURITY was going to arrest me. What a joke. First of all, you know it's a SCAM when the dummy tell you to look for him on a call, what I'm supposed to be able to LOOK through the phone? Second, if the FBI and HOMELAND SECURITY is going to arrest me, they would not give me a heads up to run and hide. SO MANY SCAMS GOING ON TODAY. DONT EVER GIVE YOUR INFORMATION TO ANYONE OVER THE PHONE AND BE VERY SKEPTICAL ON THE INTERNET.

I received this very phone call last month. I had to laugh at these people. They are not very smart. All Government agencies contact us by US Mail, not the phone.

Received a call that legal actions were filed under my social security number
‭+1 (210) 469-1718‬

I just received a call from someone saying their are with Social Security Administration #512-354-7897 (Austin TX) said my SS# had been used Fraudulently and I need to contact them ASAP. I called the number back from a different phone(land line) and a guy answered with Hello thanks for calling SSA how can I help you? I just hung up.

I just recieved a call and I had to call the number 9182034869 they wanted the last digits of my ssn I said no I'm call social security she explained that they dont no nothing about it my ssn will be canceled I wont recieve a letter but the police will be at my house today and she hung up

Two calls today which I did not answer.If I do not know any number I never answer and let it go to voicemail.These idiots just do not give up!

Just received 5 calls from the SSN number...Asian accent. Asking for my SSN and date of birth.

That number just called me and said my social security number was suspended do to activity why would any one call and say such a thing

I got that exact Call like recording while on VA-CA
Only reason I answered is because some time when out of town credit card calls me

Scammer, spammer #
‭+1 (800) 052-9225‬

Just had a call from this # 800-205-5018 it sounded just like the sample provided above. Be aware.

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