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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

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I received a call from someone pretending to be with social security, and they said they had an arrest warrant for me because someone had been using my social security number and they were embezzling over 10 million dollars and trafficking drugs. They said if I hung up, then they would have the arrest warrant go through and I would face up to 30 years in prison, but if I followed their instructions, then it would be canceled. They asked me for the number of the nearest police department, so I gave them the number to the Clovis Police Department. And they said they were going to talk to them about it to try to clear my name. Then they had the number of the Clovis Police Department call me and tell me that I had to go get Target gift cards with my credit and debit cards in order to safeguard my money from being seized and being associated with the money laundering that was going on with my social security number. So I went to Target and bought a $350 gift card with my remaining debit card balance and a $550 gift card with my remaining available credit.

My call was from #281-734-3076. I did not answer, they left voicemail. I do not take out of state calls.

Ive. Been getting calls from the same number and 6 other number its ridiculous they dont stop i got at least 30 scam calls a day some are for us grants and when i tell them to stop calling me and i hang up on them they call right back with another number they dont stop yesterday i was in the hospital having surgery and they were back to back calls i cant take it anymore please give me some ideas to help me stop this!

Next time they call, make sure it's a real person (not a recording); then blow them a LOUD WHISTLE in the phone mic. I can promise you they won't be calling for a while!

Even more efficient if you first speak with a very low voice so they have to raise their volume and stick their ear to acoustic in order to hear you.

I pressed 1 said sorry and they just hanged up am I good for pressing 1 nothing won’t happen? Aha

Yes they do need to be stopped and a enforcement team created to catch and prosecute them severely. Imagine how many companies nation wide are paying an employee to answer a phone. Weather it be to take a food order or simply for customer care, either way that ends up being a huge profit loss not only from the time it took them to answer a bogus call but also from the production it limited them from performing in a timely matter as they had to stop what they were doing to answer a B.S. call and in addition to that it may have blocked the ability of a real customer from connecting with that business especially if it was a small business. Huge losses if all things are considered. It may be the best solution to ID tag all phone numbers verified to an address so missuse can be prosecuted.

I just received the call from 1-866-602-8776 and I immediately hung up!!

I am in the same boat. Just got the same call. I have severe anxiety so to get a call like this always just throws my whole day. Scammers need to be stopped.

I also received this type of call for the 3rd time but different numbers. I called back. He asked for my birthday first and I said,” you tell me”. He hung up. Number 716 249 4089. Beware. Filipino accent.

Got call from 8008781165. Wanted my DOB. I said can’t give out numbers to just anyone. He said I can’t help you. I said fine, just have the Robocall call resent.
He said “Who are you?! The President of the United States??” (Yah, that was certainly something a real SSA OIG employee would say...)
I hung up. Wasted half a morning checking on call, phone numbers, calling the real SSA.

I got the same phone call March 26 2019 from a number 270-2136746 saying they was the socal security office but the guy had a accent and he kept breaking up on the phone he even gave me a bagde id. But they was saying my social security number was used in Texas with I didn't believe it so beware

Same story - got this call from 877-185-1213... he would provide a case number, his employee ID and arrest warrant number and that you would be prosecuted for Money Laundering charged against the SSN. That there were 2 options to solve this: 1) to bring a criminal lawyer or 2) to settle this outside court which is called an ADR process. He claimed that for the ADR process you need to take money out from your existing bank accounts and transfer to a ‘secure wallet’ so they could differentiate which accounts were real vs fake. He would text you a barcode to create a bitcoin account - from 917-773-0816. He would ask you for your local police department number - pretending to have the conversation with the police who then called you from the police department number you provided to say you have 1.5 hours to take money out and then the new SSN will be re-issued after it’s investigated and cleared. The call will be transferred to a lady who would be on the call the entire time to make sure your phone has enough battery and you’re not allowed to disconnect and to make sure you don’t talk to anyone. She would direct you to the nearest bitcoin machine locations... hung up at the end. But beware!

Everyone, please pay attention to caller id’s. In my case - New York precinct’s phone number was correct but origin was Russia. First hint.

That happens to me today I almost fell for it I called my boyfriend right away he told me it was fraud it sounded so real

Mine 800-158-6345 same call, fraudulent use in Texas.

I received the same call twice this morning both times were different numbers (428)126-2620 and (347)528-1731 stating my SS Was about to be blocked, press one to continue. I didn't answer the phone, both times a voice mail was left. SCAMM BEWARE SCAMM

4/17 just got this call from 281-733-5742 Houston TX. Did not answer but they left a voice mail message to call back and press 1, etc.

I received this call yesterday, approximately 4 times. I finally answered and stated he was head of operations with the SS office. Asked for ID# he gave a #, asked him to repeat it as I dropped my pen. Could not repeat the same numbers. I began to go off on this guy...800 722 1213. He disconnected so I called him back..continued what I was saying and reported to the Fed Trade Commission...

Omg I just pressed 1. Do you know what will happen? I thought it was true because was filling job applications online and I was thinking I fill something wrong.

thats just happened to me, and I dont know what to do!

Nothing will happen if you press 1, as long as you dont give them any information you're perfectly fine, dont freak out.

I am tried of being harassment telemarketers telemarketers insurance company social security people just get them to stop calling me please

Got a call from Tomball this morning, a recorded message saying my social security number was involved in fraudulent activities and I was to call this number back (281-205-3485) before I was prosecuted.

I just got a scammer call from 1-845-133-6997.....

I just receive a scammer call from 812-518-8776 (Newburgh, Indiana). I asked for the info in writing and he threatened to tell his fellow officer. Then he said I couldnt get an attorney....he wasn’t making sense and was very irrate when I asked questions. He gave his name as Adam Johnson police badge number 74-15186, then have me a case number DC 7010. I’m so glad I looked up this and found this.

That’s illegal to pretend to be police. File a report!

I got the same robotic call from Texas number 512 534 4671.

got same message I did call them back did not give them any info i said u called me u should have all the info u ask me for and then they hung up.

New number associated with this scam: 678 661 9168

they are also now using 1-210-405-2005

4/29/19 -- Received a call from 1-866-145-1213 saying that my SS was about to be suspended if I didn't dispute fraudulent activity. Told to press 1 to speak to an agent but decided to hang up bc this is right after tax season so anyone they call would have just used their social to login to do any sort of tax payments online, filing, etc.

I recived tha same sort of call 9/18/19 from 821-456-9960. Telling me that an arrest warrent has been issued for fraudulent activity based off my SS number.

Same here, I was called by a 366 557 5612 telling me I have a arrest warrant for fraudulent activity based on my ss number.

Received a social security call claiming my say number was about to be suspended.
Phone number is 8770831213

May 13, 2019
1/724 610-9552 Just received a call and the left a messasge my SS number has bee suspended due to suspicious activity so I need to call them back asap! They left a full message and said when I call back to press 1. Please catch them they can get someone who will give them all there information and lose everything! Catch them!

the number was 1 866 542 4002
the transcription beta of the voicemail is
"Spend you _____ number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you this call is from the department of social security administration the reason you have ______ 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..." literally written from my phone.
I called the number back suspicious, and it said that it was no longer in service!
Underneath the number, my phone also says unknown.
Also, when I replay the same ssn scam voicemail, I get a different voicemail instead! The different voicemail is about an expiring vehicle or something that says it was sent April 22, 2019. It is only April 17th!!! Like the ssn scam voicemail got replaced by a vehicle scam vm instead.
This is just crazy.

I just got a call informing me that my social security had been suspended from this number: 1-800-211-8151

just got a call saying that they are suspending my social security number.i called them back an it sounded like a fax machine sound the number was 817-548-9630

Thanks for all this info..i receieved 3calls in less than an hour today ..recorded message each time. I called back,he tells me he is from ss admin, i asked from what state..he replies taxes! I said which is it...taxes or ss? He hung up!

I just got a call from 917-504-8664 New York, NY. It was recorded message not a real person and told me to call the number.

just got the same kind of call but they used the number 917 504 8668 4/19/2019

Warnings should be only the first step. I would like to hear, very publicly, possibly from the FBI or NSA, that those criminals have
have been charged with these crimes. Follow the money!

Thank you! I totally agree with you. My cell phone rings constantly With fake calls. I pay salaries and operations with my taxes for the FBI and NSA. Why can't they get involved?

The FTC must do more. How is my phone number public information and available to these crooks. What happened to privacy. My phone should ring only from people I’ve given permission to.

They don't know your number persay, they use auto dialers and go down a line of numbers until they get a person or answering machine. Once they find someone, they put it on a list of callbacks. Back in 99 I did cold calling for an auto glass company and that's how they did it, though it was illegal to cold call cell phones at the time, would be nice if it still was illegal

It is still illegal, but criminals don't care about the law...!!

A phone book. The thing you're thinking of is a phone book. If it is a landline, call your phone company and ask for an unlisted number; my parents had one for decades and we rarely had a telemarket call. Use the Do Not Call link they have on the FTC. I did Do Not Call and Opt Out for pre-screening and have had, maybe, one scam call in all of four years.

Sadly, going unlisted won't really help. These people have computerized dialers that will pick an area code (say 212), and start at the beginning:

Then 212-100-0001
Then 212-100-0002

and so on. Since it's computerized, that can be set to just go, and if it ever connects to a person or even an answering machine, the computer can send the call to a person (usually out of the country but not always) with a multiple-choice sound board to get as much info or money as they can.

I have gotten a few calls also with kinda the same stuff being said but it’s been an unknown Number that’s called Me every time have you or anyone else had an unknown Number show up and leave that voicemail???? If someone can please let me know real soon that’d be great.... thanks

Ive gotten calls like this from unknown numbers.


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