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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 a call from this number 18056377243 saying my social security was suspended. It was a robotic voice as well. I missed the call because I was asleep and the best part is the voicemail they left if the automated message on a loop saying to press 1 if I want to know what's going on haha

Same exact call for me today! Right down to the "loop" and "press one". The number that showed up was, 51287343638. Am i crazy or is that one too many numbers?? A lot of times the scammer will add or subtract a word from the formal name of the agency or company they are impersonating. This one said they were calling from "Department of Social Security Administration". Not, "The" department of... They are NOT called the Department of Social Security Adminstration. They are simply "Social Security Administration, USA." I just shake my head.

They can make the caller ID say anything they want. It's easy thanks to internet telephony technology. It doesn't even have to be a valid number as you noticed.

I can do it too, it's easy. I could make it look like I was calling from anywhere. The scammers probably just have their system automatically put a random number as the caller ID for every call.

Theres one thing you folks have to remember. A social security number is needed for EVERYTHING. It's not a privilege it's a REQUIREMENT to have one . The three words that puts deep nails in the coffin are suspended and social security number

And if that's not enough I'll say this . The feds are who governs internet crimes, I'd thefts online and ssn number compromisation. If the feds have you in the crosshairs your NOT getting phone call. They will show up during dinner and arrest you in front of everyone. They dobt show up or even capped unless you truly have done something. They have their stuff together. They are not the local sheriff's that will kick your door in on a hunch , arrest with premise of search warrant that isn't valid but will be issued later while your'e already being booked.

Received a phone called today. Stating my Social Security is being suspended due to suspicious activity so if I want to know more about the case just press one. The number that was on the screen was 28164857139

Same wording on my voicemail right down to the press one the number was different
646-395-9749

I’ve gotten the same calls like 3 different times but every time it’s from an unknown Number has anybody else had them call from an unknown Number???? If someone could please answer Me..... thanks

Ignore ALL of those types of calls. They are all scams!

I am getting calls from unknown number as well saying they will suspend my ssn

Got a call today from 800 772 7562! They are getting good they're now using the same exchange as the real Social Security . BE AWARE!

That was the wording on the voicemail they left me as well, called from two different numbers within 30 minutes of each other

(800)772-1037 (Real SSA number is (800)772-1213, so had me freaking out until I looked this up, so glad I did)
(866)576-6833, they've called me from this one numerous times, I finally blocked it.

I was told that a arrest warrant was issued against my social security number and my social security number was placed on a hold. You can't even do that. The caller then asked me for my ss number. I told him that he would have it all ready and then he said he could not tell me the number for security reasons. I told her that I was a Police Officer for 27 years and I would be seeking a arrest warrant for him. Another one was dumb enough to leave a voice message on my phone. The following numbers called me... 443-203-8837,, 202-871-1791,,, 234-217-3277. You can also call 1-800-772-1213 for information about the scammers.

I had VM saying they were from the drug enforcement department and that the police department has been notified and for me or my attorney to call back and not to disregard the message as it is a very serious matter. The number was an Ohio 330 number. Is this a scam?

Of course it was a scam!!! I get these kinds of calls from time to time, hang up and laugh. You should do the same.

Received three calls with identical wording, but from different phone numbers, 1-956-113-9204, 1-956-594-0312, and 1-956-028-2802. Wording was: "Stating my Social Security is being suspended due to suspicious activity so if I want to know more about the case just press one."

Just got a call like this from 805 273 6583. Didn't call it back they tried twice leaving the same voicemail. Be careful folks.

I’ve received 2 Voicemail messages about this over the past couple days. The number they are calling from is 347-349-1212.

got a call like this from Texas 512 361 7137. said SSN suspended

Received a robo-call (female voice) on 940-468-4337 (Texas) today (4-16-19) on my cell stating my social security is frozen due to fraudulent activity. They provided a number for me to call (twice) then automatically hung up. Good... because that was my next reaction to the call too! Good bye loser! If anyone calls them back they will have your name (or name associated with your phone) and then the scam will continue... Be Smart!

Just received a call like this from (325)268-0647.

Got all of the below today within 4 hrs
646-096-8071
646-965-2014
914-875-0400
914-445-6094
470-408-5490

A few weeks ago. I let it go to voicemail and then i called the # . It wasnt the SSA #. The guy that answered had a middle eastern accent. Then i hung up.

Just because someone has a "middle eastern accent" doesn't mean they are a scammer.

It does if they are an unsolicited caller.

I called three times and kept asking questions until they hung up and eventually I was blocked. Each time they had a “middle Eastern accent”. While there is a possibility someone moved from the Middle East, went through the process of becoming a US citizen and then got a job with the SSA it’s pretty unlikely. Three people? That’s just dumb. They would at least have the requirement of being articulate and easily understandable. None were. Sometimes it’s worth using your brain to understand people are not who they say they are. That accent is a pretty reasonable case here.

Yeah, they don't like having to answer any questions. Just had this happen and I couldn't help but laugh. The SSA doesn't call you and threaten to have you arrested if you don't call them back.

Yeah except I asked if they were calling from India and they said they were.

A scammer can have any accent, however, 99% of the time I've been called by "Microsoft", "IRS", and "Social Security", they have always had a thick middle eastern accent.

Those scammers sure are clever and devious. Yes. There are apps that can send a fake caller ID. This year, I got the IRS scam a few times. Maybe next year, I'll hear from those social security scammers.

How's can the government allow the scammers to use an official government number in our caller-id to fool us?

The government isn't allowing them to use it. It's an app. that they down load to change the number that they are calling from to whatever number they want.

The government needs to make the app's to change phone number Illegal! There is no reason for anyone to change their phone number that shows up on caller id or any other reason to do it!! We all have to abide by FCC rules when using out phones etc why is it okay for them to do what they do and have it legal?

That's like creating more gun laws and asking the criminals to obey them...

There’s got to be some technology that could stop the spoofing of telephone numbers. The government should do much more to stop it.

The ability to "spoof" numbers is an integral part of VOIP technology and has plenty of legitimate uses.

Technically speaking, with internet telephony, you are not calling from a "number" you are calling from a "trunk". However, there can be one or more numbers that get routed to that trunk when it's called.

For the sake of identification, you'll probably want to specify one of those numbers as your caller ID when placing an outbound call from that trunk. The protocol allows you to specify any number.

Usually, this feature is used by a person or business legitimately but I'm sure you can see how it can be abused by scammers.

Anyway, point is, you can't really easily just stop people from spoofing fake numbers because the underlying feature that they abuse is a vital part of how the phone network operates now.

They arent allowing the number to be used George. There scammers are using apps that change the number that they call is coming from. They can put in whatever number they want and they are putting in the actual IRS number so that the person is more apt to answer the phone call and believe the scam

Thank you once again and again and again for warning the consumer about these scams. Most folks, when they get a "call" from social security or the IRS, they panic. In their mind they say "oh no! What can I do to correct this event.". You got to keep eight or nine steps ahead of these scammers. No, you can't keep one step ahead or you will be behind! You must keep calm and collected or the scammers will collect from you! Thanks for another scam warning.

Thank you for your constant informing us of these leeches who do nothing but prey on the vulnerable. I always pass on these alerts to my friends.

Listening to the recording, it's a big joke that they would be telling you that your info has been compromised so-to-speak and then come off with a threat of having you arrested (I had to LOL)

Thank you.

Got a call that I won but will call me back with details. Private number called that I had won 4.5 million dollars check from Bank of America with"GOLD SEAL" from FTC along with a 2019 Mercedes new vehicle also having clear title. "Mr"Marks" asked if I could purchase of 2 gift cards @$350 each. The number Mark first called me on was 775-773-5989. Letting me know I have won a prize. I am disabled and age 62 was not extra in my budget. Help! I had bad experiences with thieves. And this feels no different. The $700 I really don't have nor any room for $700 payout.

WOW … Thanks for including that recording. It sounds so intimidating, I would have gotten nerves and probably have thought I should call? I was able to recognize the difference, once I heard it.

Thank you.

I got this back in November: You are receiving this prerecorded message to notify you that your social will be suspended due to illegal activity. It's very important that I hear back from you in a timely manner before we can proceed further with the status of your social and assets. My direct call back number is 213-618-3453.
So just for laughs I called the number back using a totally different phone and I get we're sorry your call did not go through..
If these people would put the effort in working at a real job imagine how nice the world would be instead of preying on other peoples fears.

Thank you, I did receive one automated call from one of the low life an blocked he number.

It is really frustrating how they spool numbers. It makes it hard to report to the FTC as they want the real numbers the call came from. I have tried to report scams in the past, but cannot without the actual phone number.

When you report a call at www.FTC.gov/Complaint, you can report the spoofed number that a scammer used. That information is helpful too.

From Maryland # 240-288-5442

They also try to spoof the social security number. They were a number off though. I already reported it.

I wonder why there are not controls put in place to divert or prevent fictitious calls like this.

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