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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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8/8/2019
I received a voice mail today sounding just like the example above. Stating I have fraudulent activity associated with my SS#, so my # has been shut down, and I need to call them back to rectify the problem. Such a shame this has to go on; your never safe.

The number that tried with me is 1800 510 5917 I blocked it but there is always new numbers

FRAUD. robocalls says Social Security number has been compromised and all benefits will stop. Press 1 for more info. all foreign accents, tried demanding my SS number and info. told him he should have it and he said "" you have a sexy voice" -

I received this call today from 1-800-133-3537. Same message as the recording above. Just wanted to let you all know another number they use.

I've received three calls from 1-800-485-1620, I let it go to voicemail each time. This is the message that was left each time, "Suspicious activities going on and it's about to get suspended. Press one to talk with the investigating officer before we begin to legal enforcement action has been filed against your social security number. Press one now. Thank you."

I got a call just now from 956-047-5382 with the same loop message. I guess since I didn't answer I couldn't press one.. ON NO!!!

I just received a call for 888 556-2303 with this same scam.

Received 4 calls and voicemails all from same area code in Texas but masked as different numbers, all asked me to press 1 to find out more about the issue, of course it was a voice mail and you can’t. I never answer calls from people I do not know, if I know them they will show up as a contact. Don’t answer these calls!

I'm on my 4th voice message today! Isn't this a crime to tell people you're from the SSA and they are coming after you?!

Hi,
This is the new number coming from these scammers: (415) 878-4917. Same message, the federal government is filing a lawsuit.

I have been getting these call all week and they call 12 times, I'm getting a little upset now, I turn the phone off.

Just got a call from there saying that my Social Security was being suspended because there was suspicious activity from number ‭+1 (800) 057-3483‬ didn’t answer just got the robot message after

Robot voice saying all of the above, with NY #646 773 4023

They have been calling our phone lines over and over going from one number to the next through out our office the last two days. It is costing us time and money to answer these calls. We wish there was a way to stop them.

Got 6 calls from a TX (956) area code, all robo asking you to push 1. i keep declining and they keep leaving voicemail. i would never even think about responding. getting annoying though

Received a call from 888-600-1951 stating that my SSN had been suspended due to suspicious activity. 8/8/2019

I just got one, saying there is a case and my ss# is suspended. Number is 9563495385

I received similar message from number 512 7424397 early August 2019.

Recieved a robocall today 8/8/2019. Stating: Your Social Security Benefits Will Be Revoked Soon. Press 1 To Inquire About Solving This Problem. The incoming phone number was 888-437-7169

18002923253 called several times and left voicemails saying that I had a warrant for my arrest for SS fraud.

For the past two days I have been receiving calls saying its the social security administration and that legal actions have been launched against my social security number. What do I do to report this and how do I protect my information
One number is 210-775-4171
The other is a number from New York

Recieved a call from 1-800-544-7414 twice this week claiming to be Social Security and saying that my SS# number had been compromised. I was then directed to press 1 to address the issue.
I didn't answer either time, what I heard was in a voicemail.

Received my 3rd call from 844-846-3561. They are coming about 30 minutes apart from all different numbers. Again with the SSN suspended due to suspicious activity press 1 to hear more. FTC make it STOP! Lock them up!

I've received a variation of this call multiple times a day for the last several days. They now are mimicking a Washington DC number. My calls have all come from these two numbers 1-800-714-3052 and 1-202-801-6491. They both have the same message.

This is a call 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 ..

It is an automated voice. Do these people ever give up?!

They called, I answered, they said my ssn was suspended. Curiously, I pressed 1 to be connected to someone. All he said was hi how can I help you. I don't think that's how someone from a government agency (or any real business) would answer the phone. I eventually hung up on him. I called the number back. Voice machine asked if anyone 50+ in home. Curiously, again, I press 1 and I am connected with a lady who promptly and professionally claims she is with a health center. I believe these people use other businesses' numbers to scam

Thank you

Got a call from 866.479.2788 and the moment I answer, say hello, a weird digital voice says their from SSA. Then press one to be connect. I knew this was fishy and pressed one. There was some sounds then I said out load "I bet this is a scam" and I got hung up on. Called it back and it's a Verizon Conferencing program.

Add this number to the list!! 866 404 8241 Scam!! Don’t answer

This number from San Antonio tx keeps calling me. Says my ss # has been compromised and suspended. Please call right away. Called me 4 times in less than a hour.

Got a call from 866.479.2788 and the moment I answer, say hello, a weird digital voice says their from SSA. Then press one to be connect. I knew this was fishy and pressed one. There was some sounds then I said out load "I bet this is a scam" and I got hung up on. Called it back and it's a Verizon Conferencing program.

I got a call saying United States but I noticed the number, ‭+1 (214) 237-1193‬ had a “+1” then a (1) that doesn’t show here when I copied it, then the area code! This double the “1l with a + first makes me think it’s from another country. The woman’s message was a robot voice. She claimed to be an “Officer” of the SS department. They noticed some “suspicious activity with my number in the South of Texas” Then told me to call the above number and “press 1ti speak to this officer” and then repeated it about pressing 1 to speak with her. No threats or solutions were made, but I’m thinking that if I followed the instructions, and got a live person, then they would start the scam and threats etc. If SS really wants to alert me to a “real” problem...they would send a letter for me to go down to SS office to deal with it in person in their actual office. So unless I hear otherwise, I’m not responding!

SS scammer in Spartanburg sc 1-877-531-4699

Same call from
800-277-6841

just received a call form 888-028-7081. VM says my SS has been suspended.

Just received a call from # 626.043.3873 and let it go to voicemail. The message is the same scam.

I received many of these calls over the last few weeks, the most recent today came from 866-968-2482

Over and over and over again. Mine are coming from area codes 956 and 940. They start early in the day and call until ate at night. It is the same recording listed here.

‭+1 (888) 922-6541‬
‭+1 (800) 117-3692‬
‭+1 (888) 186-5247‬
I have been getting a phone call from these numbers at least 8 times a day.
All claiming that my ss# was involved in a suspicious activity and if I don’t press 1 to speak to a ss customer service I will have my SS doxxed and the next message says I got my social security benefits taken from me bcz I haven’t called them. And then the next message says I got my SS suspended and will no longer be able to use it.

It’s scary for older folks who buy this trash scam calls.

I received a call a few minutes ago, today on 8/9/19 Arcadia, California with a message that it was from the Department of Social Security Administration that my Social Security Number was suspended because they found some suspicious activity. And that if I wanted to know press one. I think this is a scam.

These ssn scammers also use 610.465.8078

Got two of these calls today the number is (254)233-8008 Aug 9 2019 around noon

Beware of the robot calls you will get fro. 850-738-1655 telling you to call 210-728-3901. They will ask you to identify yourself first (mistake if you do that confirms your phone # to you) and then will transfer the call attempting to get your SS#.

Just got this call from a (956) 454-6221 in TX

So far today, I have had 8 Telemarketer and/or Scam Callers. I usually block those numbers as they come in. I can only imagine how many we would get if we didn't block some of them.

Just received a call from Abilene, TX claiming to be the SSA. The call stated that a law suit was pending against my SS number and to call them immediately. I didn't and neither should anyone else.

Recieved another call similar to this from 1-800-103-4913. I went thru and pressed 1 to speak to a SSA "rep" and when they asked me for my full name, I told them, "you should know YOU called me..." they immediately hung up. Dont be gullible people! The man on the line had an accent and bad English!

Just received three such calls on my cell phone from variations of a 844 area code number. They left voice messages similar to the one you have provided. So annoying!

646 155 6500 Is the number that just called my 14yr old. Same automated scam claiming to be from the SSA saying the SS# will be discontinued due to fraudulent activity. They really do think we are stupid.

Add 976-176-2565 to the list. Four calls today, first one had this number. The next three just showed up as "Restricted,", but had the exact same message.

I received a letter from Social Security Administration
Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance
requesting a good deal of money. Threatening to cancel my medicare.

I've been getting calls lately saying they are from the SSA. They usually hang up when I won't verify my telephone number. Then one finally talked to me. Without giving him any information, he gave me my account code (from them) and told me to call backl 315-756-6071. The actual call had been made from 323-370-4570 (a California number according to my caller ID). SCAM

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