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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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Just got a call from 1-833-960-9796
Didn’t answer so they left a voicemail:
“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”

So very similar and/or identical to some of these other comments but I didn’t see THIS number on the comments yet so I thought I’d post it.

8446554029 is the # that called me today to leave a message there has been fraudulent activity on my Social Security account and that I needed to press 1 if I wanted to hear about the case. If there were a problem, I know the initial contact I should have with the SSA would be in WRITING. This is a scam. It's a recorded loop.

got a call from 800-820-5385. did not answer but they left a voicemail threatening to loose benefits. Obvious scam. Social Security do not call, they send letters

I got a call today from 713-448-5101. I answered the call as I was expecting calls from recruiters and was hoping this to be one of those! But, it said that my social is suspended. Press 1 to talk to an officer. the person on the other end sounded very professional. Identified himself as David Forester, Batch # 417-9740. He made sure that I write down this information. He said that i have 25 bank accounts opened in my name and there are 10 million worth of transactions going on under my name. I have 7 arrest warrants for those. Now I need to verify which is my bank account and which is not mine ! If I disconnect, I will be charged for not cooperating. He was threatening on the phone. I disconnected....How did he know my name and address ! This is freaking me out

My life must be a joke. On top of a ton of crap going on I get this call and I very stupidly answer and comply with the lady on the phone. They now have my social and I am in total freak out mode. I just talked to a cop and he's going to initiate a report. I can not believe I fell for this.

I just received a call at 8.30am pst....from the phone: 930.203.0504 stating in brief via a recorded message .....that my Social Security number has fraudulent activity on it and I could be arrested? Said to call back at the number before it goes to the justice department?
S e r i o u s l y ?

From Maryland, (443) 222-9642 used today. Robocall.

same message, but from 800-250-8584

I just got this same phone call but from 1-800-473-8749. Saying there’s suspicious activity on my social security card and to press one to talk to someone. It went to voicemail and I listened to the voicemail and was looking who to contact about this when I found this thread. So glad I read this instead of calling back. I was freaking out thinking someone had got my information when my wallet was stolen a few weeks back. So glad I did my research. Is there anyone I can contact about this scam?

I received a call today was printed to press 1 to speak with a rep from SSA administration. They asked for my first and last name and last 4 of San and zip code. I did not feel comfortable. They said they would call me back and I could google the number and it would show that it belongs to SSA. The called ID showed ‭+1 (866) 313-2533‬ which shows on google that it belongs to SSA. I still don’t feel comfortable after coming across this article and especially because the person sounded like they were overseas and had a strong Indian accent

Called cam from 1888-115-1621 same bla bl a

Just got a call from Texas from “officer Amanda Barnes” claiming my SSN was used or suspicious activity at the southern border of Texas. Blocked.

Add this number to the list 888-017-9179 -

I received a call today that my social security number had fraudulent activity and that I was wanted in Texas for drug trafficking and money washing. The person had all my information including address. He said that they were going to cancel my social security number and issue me another one. The number they called me from was 1-915-308-5455. He said his name was David Marcus and badge # was 742609. He transferred me to someone else named Alex Walker with badge # IRM795136. Call back number was 1-800-394-3827. He stated that they would call me for appointment to meet with some officers. I immediately reported it.

I received multiple calls from ‭(800) 857-0902‬. The voicemail starts with the word clearance and says I will be connected with the concerns department and if they don’t hear me my social will be blocked permanently so I need to connect with an officer.

‭+1 (202) 744-1984‬ This Is the number that called me with similar messages. Said they were filling a lawsuit against me

phone # 1-800-730-7839 was an auto caller, telling me I needed to call back and speak with a social security officer or my social security number will be suspended. Well the jokes on them, my credit sux hahaha

phone # 1-800-730-7839 was an auto caller, telling me I needed to call back and speak with a social security officer or my social security number will be suspended. Well the jokes on them, my credit sux hahaha

I received a call from the following number about my social security suspension and the number is 281-885-8733.

Just got one from 1-714-611-0319 in california saying my ss benefits are under investigation for suspicious activity and call him back right away....

scammers are calling from a new number...1-844-697-3373.

I have been getting many Calls from 1-800-142-2507 it’s a scam claiming my social security number is at risk

Get alot of calls. I never answer the phone - unless it's a personal call and I know the number on the Caller ID. Let people leave a message. Then I either forward it to the FBI or return the call.

Received a call that my SSN was suspended from 844-849-9439 and said to press 1 to find out more however when I did the person answer said "Social Security Office" I said you called me and his response was "Ba Ba Cookie" and hung up so I guess it was a scam.

8/15/2019
I received this call today from 1-844-712-6029. SCAM!!! Beware, NEVER give your soc. sec information to anyone over the telephone!

called from 800-892-4095 press 1 for an agent he hing up when I called him a scammer

Received several calls from this #: 443 574 6256 in Maryland.
The same text went to my mailbox: if you don't return this call immediately we will proceed with legal actions....
I used a different phone number to call their number and wound up with someone not speaking English well with an accent I believe is tied to India. Of course, he could not identify my number I called him from, so he asked what my name and SSN is - I simply hung up. Sure enough, I did NOT get a call back to the number I used to call him.
Clearly, the same scam running ramped

Got a call from 610-421-0981 saying they were the SSA office.

Got 3 of these calls in one day:
1-855-690-1833
1-855-499-0228
1-866-803-2009
so annoying they use multiple numbers, harder to block.

here another one i just got a call from this number 804-800-2003 about my ss number and owing money.

Just received a call from 1 800-105-7074. Said that my SSN had been compromised and that I needed to speak to an agent right away or else it would be suspended. The message said to press 1, but I sensed it was a scam immediately and hung up. And after reading the info here, I'm glad I didn't reply. BTW, the caller ID said Spam Risk

I have been called by 6 different numbers with the same voicemail.

1(800) 874-6760
1(800) 524-6720
1(800) 091-7392
1(800) 283-2853
1(800) 891-4561
1(800) 930-2326

I received a call ‭from 1 (808) 873-7164‬ with an automated voice identifying itself as the SSA saying my SS number has been suspended due to suspicious activity and I need to respond immediately by pressing 1 to speak to the SSA. Was shocked but by reading the blogs on the issue realized it’s a scam. Almost fell for it.

Just got a call to my govt phone - with same voicemail.

1(800)920-3761

Just got one today (female robo voice) saying "Your social security number has been compromised, press 1 to speak with a representative or call us back at 667-458-61..". Such BS.

I got a call from this number ‭+1 (325) 268-9227‬ Saying that a lawsuit has been issued against my social security number and that I needed to call them before legal action was issued. And that an arrest warrant will be issued for me.

I got 2 calls today from and number in NY 315 area code that I use to live in. I called the # back and the person very rude stated that I a rented car in NY City was found with blood in it and drugs and that the car had been rented in my name, this jerk had my home address and I live 1200 miles from NY and have for over 3 years. These guys are low lifes, and what makes me laugh is that when I told them to go ahead suspend my SS #, I own nothing, I have nothing, and that MY credit sucks to the point of Bankruptcy, he said "Oh, OK" have a nice day.

307-455-5466 is 'Officer' Amanda Barnes' new phone number. Call from Dubois, WY. Informed me my SSN was used on the border of Texas.

I receive these calls everyday, several times a day from various 800 numbers. I finally decided to press the button to go to their legal department. I went straight to an Indian call center. when I called the guy out for the scam, He proceeded to call me by my full name & began threatening me and my family with physical harm. I continue to get calls & block each number, but it's obvious that this will never stop & there isn't anything being done to shut these people down.

Just do not give them anything -they immediately ask your name and date of birth so they can "look you up in their system" .
Then they want your SS number. As a rule, NEVER give out your SS number to anyone who calls you.

Just received a call from 1-800-032-6602. Similar voice massage, don’t answer it.

Someone sent me an interac transfers i dont know if its a scam or not the number is 18194152508

I got the magistrate message on Friday didn't listen to.it till today. Mine came out of Kentucky 270 number

Always be careful

Oh lordy Lordy I’m going to be arrested for suspicious activity on my SS number

I got a call from 19419769243 at 9:37 CST on the 19th of August 2019. The Call consisted of a Robotic voice threatening to proceed with a police investigation unless I press 1. Worrying to say the least, but something was off about it.

I just got a message from 1 808 059 1622 notifying me about some suspicious movements and that my SSN has been suspended, they wanted me to press 1, I deleted the message!

I got the call today. From 1941 838 6146. They said my socail was suspended and I have a warrant for my arrest. I talked to them they asked my name. I said I was scared for them to have it and they hung up

‭+1 (800) 976-5494‬ Just called twice and It’s a scam, sounded just like the automated call on this website but in a female voice. Frustrating... good thing I didn’t give them my SS! BEWARE!!

I just received the call. This time those people used 1800 7849327.
I heard as a robotic voice. Do not answer.!

A new number for this list - 1-877-994-9757 - they are scamming for social security, tech support etc.

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