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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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410 844 3418...left a threatening voice mail on my cell phone about my SS number...I did call back and will block this number.

I've gotten SEVERAL of these calls today-
when I BLOCK them., they seem to call back from different #'s..!
1- 844 849-5602
1 844 017-9063
1 866 605 1166

Got a call from 947-222-4096, claiming that my SSN had been associated to criminal activity, and asked me to call another number (didn’t write it down, though). Called back and a man with an Indian accent picked up. Sounded like he was in a crowded place. I didn’t share any information, of course, and hung up after he asked who I was.

1 800 599 6629
Scam

Just got a call saying the same thing from 1 (800) 437-7196

Everyone has to stop answering these weird phone calls. If it’s really an important phone call they will leave you a voicemail I just received a call from supposedly the S essay saying that my Social Security number had been using fraudulent activity and they filed a lawsuit and now a warrant was issued for my arrest to press one to speak to an officer so I did just to see and the person that answered the phone could barely speak my language wanted my information that’s when I went off and hung up. The weird part is when I return that phone call to let my wife hear it A young man answer the phone and did not know anything I was talking about. He spoke very well English Now that is pretty jacked up. Everyone we have to boycott the scammers quit answering the damn phone. Remember if it is a real legit phone call that is important they will leave a voicemail message

Today I got a call from this number saying they found some suspicious activities and to press 1 to connect to the call. Is this consider a scam too?

I have been receiving calls from 1-800-439-7003, 800-457-1074, 800-151-8445 and 62 649-68915

I just got a similar robo call on my voicemail from 1(890)173-9980.

They tell me that I inquired about Social Security disability, then I ask him where they get their information because I’ve been on Social Security disability for years when I retired from government service then they hang up and you know it’s a scam when they hang up like that, but the call all the time. Sometimes I call these scammers back over and over and over and set the phone down by a loud television then repeat. I get so sick of these people

Have received 4 calls since 8/23/2019 from these numbers:
986 974 9224
986 571 2709
986 129 8584
986 071 1213
All indicate the call is from Social Security; my SS number is suspended; and an "immediate" arrest warrant has been issued. I can dial "1" to speak with an agent. (I don't!) This started on 8/23 and continues to today (8/29) averaging 2 calls/ day during the week.

I just received a phone call from them and it was not the ssa. Their still at it!

860-007-5656 social security scam

One would think that as many times this scam has been reported.
Someone would do something to put a end to it. I get calls like this all the time, (3) so far this morning. Mostly they are just annoying but I need to answer my phone. You never know it might be important . Like winning the Jamming Jamaican Lottery if there is one. I'm not a robot

Just received a call stating my SS# will be suspended I could be arrested..... then I called back they picked up and ask how could they help me and I replied you called me!! They hung up; I called this number ‭+1 (833) 782-7226‬ several times keep getting VM greeting saying a different number.....

call came in from 1 860 755 3507 about suspending SS number , what a scam these folks are running.

The scammer #(888)602-3532
SSN issue. Call or be in big trouble.

Received a call from 1-888-602-3532 telling me he was an officer from the SS administration to inform me there's been illegal activity linked to my SSN in Texas. When I gave him a made up name, he said yes, that's the name we have. When I called him on it he hung up on me. I called back, spoke with someone else he too said my ssn# had illicit activity, I told him he's a crook, and to take me off his scam list he hung up on me to.

I received this type of call today from number 866-060-9799. I didn't answer, but the robo-message said my SSN had been compromised and I could be in big trouble, and that should press 1 to continue to agent.

Recieved call from 2024702369. Didnt answer call. recieved Robo voice mail that arrest warrnet. Please dail 1 immediatly and say your last 4 digits SSN to assist you fast.

Got back to back calls from below numbers, one yesterday and one today. Yesterday my SSN was going to be suspended because of fraudulent activity on my account. Today, I got a call saying my SSN has been suspended! "Press 1" to connect with a SSN officer. I just hung up.
800 286 2769
800 458 2891

2 calls in 2 days. First call says SS number being suspended. Next day, warrent issued for me. These people are as low as you can get!

Call from "overseas agency" to say fraudulent activity is suspected Gave call back number as 833-261-2611

Recently lost passport. Are they getting info from DHS?

I have 4 more numbers that I have gotten calls on my voicemail. 800- 550-0230, 800-244-3936, 800-313-4470 & 800-286-7353.

Received two calls and voicemails from two 800 numbers with similar scam. No You cannot terminate or shut down anyone's Social Security number.

Scammer phone numbers: 800-633-3329 & 800-377-1347

I just received the fake social security suspension call from 860-426-3540. I sincerely thank those who commented esp those who lost hard their earned money. It may not be a big consolation but at least you’ve helped many others.

Just received call from this # ‭(833) 683-1777‬
Telling me I’ve committed fraud it’s going to state court and I will be arrested.
Why doesn’t someone find these scammers and actually put them in jail. Ridiculous the sneaky horrible people out there these days

Please add 279 777 1742 to list of SCAM numbers got a call from them earlier this morning bout drug bust in TX 4 days ago involving my info on a Semi registered to me. I don't live in TX and can verify I was nowhere near TX when it happened but stayed on line talked to couple different people 1 from SSA David Brown and a DEA Davidson. They said someone from SSA would be at my house tomorrow with a new SSN since it was ID Theft and my accounts would be frozen for 24 hour.

I just received this kind of call from the number: 218-210-0810.

Received a call from 800-742-1663
Let it go to vmail. It is the scam mentioned above. Same message but female robo voice.

Phone number 1-800-028-0643 scam, I always ask if they want to leave a number after I call whoever they say they are calling from but mostly tell them I work for the company local office and will check with them in the morning and take care of it. Cuts down on the calls, they won’t call again from that number and block the number.

Just got a call from an 800 660 5408 at 3.28 pm on 8/27/2019.

I just received this call. But I didn’t answer it was a voicemail. The phone number was different from the one they listed. 1-800-777-7899

got a call from 910 766 6225, same bs about my ss number. called back a bunch of noise and talking in the background, guy answered " social security office"

I just received a recorded call stating that my ssn has been suspended and that an arrest warrant has been issued. The # that called was from 1-949-381-5054. Will they stop at nothing to steal from other GET A REAL JOB AND MAKE YOUR OWN MONEY. Infuriated......

Another number, 1(800)777-0908, called me twice so far today in Madison, WI.

Just received this call today from 1-800-779-5162

Avoid calls from these phone numbers if you have caller ID: 800-558-9173; 800-584-2074; 800-550-5326; 334-649-6246; 216-352-5998; and 201-350-5698. Our home phone has received calls from all these numbers starting 31 July 2019 through to today. All are an automated recording stating our SSN have been used for fraudulent activity in south Texas and to speak with an Agent about this activity to press 1 on the keypad. That routes the call into a call center where it sounds like hundreds of other people are calling/being called about the same thing. DO NOT RESPOND to these. File a fraud report and list every number you get a call from. Being on the Do Not Call Registry does not prevent calls from going through to telephones.

ADD THESE NUMBERS TO THE COLLECTION OF SCAMMERS FOR SSN#:
800 100 9108
800 252 6541
800 796 2477
800 180 7018
888 690 4919
800 156 4932
800 221 8798
800 705 8516
800 306 9132
800 907 9663
800 826 5865
800 201 8366
800 773 6540
800 141 8179
800 742 5877

THESE NUMBERS ARE FROM THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2019 ALONE!

I got 2 voicemails on Fri, August 23rd,2019. Its not the exact wording as the voicemail on this page but it says " this is a law enforcement agency, your soc sec # has been suspended on an immediate basis as we have received suspicious trail of information on your name due to the drastic?( I cant hear the word clearly)and benefits will be "freezed" permanently until you take care of the situation. In order to talk to a representative press 1". Its shorter, and i thought mine sounded much more real but the website voicemail i think is even scarier. I panicked for a few min until my mom reminded me this was going on months ago. I called back both numbers.The first, 1-800-571-4086 doesn't even ring, it just hangs up. The 2nd number was 1-800-438-5318. When i called this back it said "thank you for calling Bavarian Edge Order Line, hold for a representative." I hung up immediately, but i know both #'s are scams bc they match the times on my voicemail.CALLS WERE WITHIN 2 HOURS OF EACHOTHER. Im really mad that these voicemails were able to scare me at first.I can understand how a lot of people lost money. Im so sorry and so p.o'ed for them. Lets find these scammers please!

I just got off the phone about ten minutes ago, and it was one of the "Eric Shaw" calls and I have to be honest it scared the H@## out of me. I can only thank God that my husband now works from home because he absolutely knew what to do. He started yelling at the guy saying he was going to call the Houston Police and confirm with them whether it was true or not, but when the guy kept saying no as in "no you can't do that;" my husband yelled louder and more forcefully and told them he DEMANDED to speak to a supervisor... after repeating that three different times the guy hung up. I am so grateful he was here.

just got a SS scam from 888-675-6247 voice although may have been computerized has a British accent and text is the same as noted above

call from Middleton CT. saying my ss number is being suspended if i dont take action, i didnt answer the call on my cell, they left that voice mail from 860-347-2213, im not falling for it.

I received a call today from a number I did not recognize so I did not answer. A voicemail was a robotic recording saying something about "in order to connect with the Social Security administration officer press one now" and something about a concern. The call came from 1-800-535-4259. I am sure they are using several relay phone numbers, so the best advice is DO NOT ANSWER and DO NOT CALL BACK.

I have received SEVERAL of these calls, all from different numbers with the same recorded message. Both on a landline and a cell phone. I keep blocking these numbers and they find different ones to use and call again.

+1 8006287709,

This is the same number, which in the voice of suspend the SIN , its fake

I just received two calls today. One from 1(833)404-7646 & the other from 1(833)344-4053. Both were automated robocalls stating that my SSN is under investigation and that an arrest warrant has been placed against the name associated with my SSN. I hung up immediately because it was an obvious scam. Just wanted to post these two telephone numbers in case anyone receives calls from either of these numbers.

Hello :
I had been received this calls almost every day
1(800) 250-5798
I don’t think SSA will call me they normally send you a letters

Got a fraudulent call from this number ‭
(800) 185-5418‬. Caller ID was unknown. They left a voicemail with a warning “in case if we ddn’t hear from you your Social will be blocked permanently “.

I got a call from 1-800-204-5064 . And it said that my social security benefits have been put on hold

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