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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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“Hey enforcement actions have been filed on your Social Security _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ for fraudulent activities so when you get this message kindly call us back on our hotline number 512-553-0934 I repeat that is 512-553-0934 I don't disregard this notice and do return the call before we begin this is a legal proceedings against you thank you…”

I received a called from a John Lee from phone number 949-505-8835 and he said his badge number was 3156219AC. He asked if I had been contacted by the local police yet because he was calling from the SSA office and there was a warrant for my arrest because of some cars that the DEA found drugs in. He asked that I verify my Bday (which unfortunately I did) but then asked to verify my SSN, I said I did not want to give it over the phone, he assured me that he understood but he could not pull up my case to help me unless I did. I then hung up.

Just got this SCAM call today. The number calling was 908 428 4913.
Same robot voice saying the almost the same as in the display recording here. Except it said to press 1 to get this solved now.

Today 3-7-2019 just got a call - saying there is a SS Agent with an Arrest warrant waiting for me due to suspicious activity on my SS#. They ask me to call 609-473-0597 to speak to a SS Deputy Officer.

Received one of these calls today and heard the message through voicemail. Made me raise an eyebrow, but doubted the legitimacy because they called the voIP number. Glad there are places to report things like this.

Last week I got another one from supposedly 'careerbuilder' that wanted me to do work for them, involving secret shopping. Don't fall for that either. That too, is also a scam.

Just got this call, scam, scam... the number they used was 415 789 4578

Just got calls from 1-800-747-7852 and 1-800-747-7849. Both scammers threatening with arrest and jail and asking for personal information, bank accounts etc. Please take action.

Seems the scam calls have changed what their urgency in contacting their next victim is about. Though still prerecorded computerized sounding voice with Soc Sec Admin actual telephone number on Caller id, what is concerning is that they are not really interested in speaking with you directly. I answered but no one interrupted to break in with their requests? That and the computer generated voice repeats the number to call back so quickly, unless you have pen and paper right there and know short-hand, you won’t be getting that number down in-time before they hang up.
Makes you wonder if they’ve figured out a way or designed an app that captures your info for as long as you stay on the phone? Like tracing apps do..??
Seems to me, if they don’t want to speak to us yet are still calling, they’re getting something of ours without us ever knowing what that might be, believe in THAT. Meanwhile, nothing the govt can do while we are robbed of our identities and for way too many known - their life savings.
The Govt can do many things in my experience - when “it” wants to. It just has to want to.

The telephone number on my caller id was 210-874-0994 from San Antonio Texas and the instructions were to call that number .

866-404-6478 is the number used to call me today for this scam.

I got this call today and transferred to a rep . i did not give any information but this is scarey. I hope they find them and arrest these people!

California scam call similar to real SSA number: 800-772-1241

New Social Security Scam number..530-495-4703 has called every phone I have and tried to pull a scam..they cuss you when u call them out,just posting a number for everyone to look out for as a scammer.

800 025 1548 - just called to let me know my social security account was suspended - they knew my name, but I did not say it was me that they asked for. I said nothing and I asked who they were. They then hung up.

Got 2 call on Illinois for ssa scam
Look for these numbers.

They called my elderly parents. I called them back and they said they were from the SSA. I asked them to email my government address and they refused. When I told them my job title (Federal Investigator) they hung up. The stupid thing is i called back 3 times and went through the whole process before they figured out I was screwing with him.

Just recd. call from 866 404 3247. Message was same like the one on this page except "arrest info" it asked me to press "1"
I asked - which dept and with whom i'm speaking with.
There was lot of background noise. I hung up when he asked me last 4 digits of SSN.

I just got one of those was a mechanical womans voice who said those things. They asked me to press 1 to speak to an agent. I did and someone with a strong Indian accent who called themselves Jim Walker asked me for my name. I said why do you want to know that and told me about the SSA number had been sited in criminal activity etc. I told him it was a load of crap and that this was a scam. He hung up

I got the same call just now. I called back, same Indian accent gentlemen claiming to have the last name walker answered. I told him how funny it was that I just read about “him” on a scam website from a few days ago. He hung up. I called back and the number was disconnected.
This phone number although I knew was a scam. Was 202-217-0531

Just got a voicemail scam from someone saying they were from the SS admin.

This scammer keep calling my elderly mother. This person calls 3-5 times a day and says her social security number has been breached and they have warrant for her arrest. The number is 888-627-3267.

I just received a call from 1-602-529-3518 with similar message but it is slightly different as the caller told me to press 1 to talk to an officer. I know better not to fall into such scam.

(866) 404- xxxx - got three calls in a row today with same robotic male voice (I think it's a recording and not a "live" caller with altered voice.) "Press 1 now for this case. This is the Social Security Administration. We have suspended your social security number due to suspicious circumstances. Press 1 now." Do NOT press 1; warn all your friends, relatives, colleagues about this scam. Seems like these scam calls may be why the phone call wait time at the Social Security dept. is so long now. How do we stop them??

They must be on a roll today! I just got a voice message from 213.600.7616 with a similar message. Called it back and the guy could not even pronounce my name much less speak English. He hung up and I called from several different numbers to where they just picked up the phone and hung up. Hmmmm, how does it feel to be on the other end?


Added (800)228-2250
Added (800) 975-3272

I've been getting calls from more than five different (866) ***-1213 numbers these two days. I am doing job search recently and worrying about my information being used illegally by some websites.
This is really bothering me.

I just got a call left on voicemail of my private business phone so these must be random auto dialing, robo calls! I have robo blocker on my personal cell but this is the first time I received the call on my work cell.

I got a scam call from the following phone numbers - 325 307 4653 and 202 844 7774. They are claiming your SSN is being suspended. Beware..

Received this spam call as well

Thanks for this info. I just received one of these calls posing as SSA, from a 562-247-5244 number. They threatened to issue a warrant for my arrest which is ridiculous. These scams are so annoying, and hopefully less people will fall for it if we all keep updated here. :-)

Received a call from a 7862067265, Florida number. States that they had a fraud alert on my SSN.
Wanted me to verify my SSN to make sure that they had the right person for security purposes.
I told them NO and hung up

This is the Number that keeps calling me about it 1 64645218262

I answered one of these calls and lady with a very heavy Latina accent answered and I gave her the last 4 digits of my ssn what's gonna happen?

Just checked my phone and it said i had a voice mail, so i check the voice mail it had a pre recorded message saying something about fraud and they were going to press charges on me. The number was 903-292-0256. So i called it back it was busy for 5 min before i could get threw to anyone. But when they finally picked up the man said yeah give me a couple minutes. I said hello? He said can you hear me? I said yeah. He went silent and repeated it again can u hear me. I finally said yes i can hear u i said i got a call from tbis number stating social security was going to press charges on me for fraud. He said are u calling from the number on which u got the voicemail. I said uh yeah he said hold on a min, he put me on hold for 2 min then came back on and said is this Rayane and said my last name i said its raina but yes he said ok let me get your social security # and birthdate please i said for what u havent even told me what this is for. He said so i can verify its you. I got mad and asked is this call being recorded? He said yes. I said ok then i want who ever to know this you should be explaining to me why i got the letter and i have been on ssi for 15 years i have never frauded anything and if u want to press charges on me you know my address and another thing is the ssi doesnt call me from a 903 number not in 15 years so let who ever it is know they can send me court papers in the mail. And i hung up. I was going to calling social security but im not i know i didnt do anything wrong. And they would have sent me a letter.

I received a robot call a couple of months ago and again this a.m. from the same woman with the same voice. She had perfect english with almost an imperceptible British accent. Her tone was official and business like. I heard her say that she was from "The Social Security Administration" and something about an "investigation". Thankfully, in this case I was glad that I was hard of hearing. I had a moment of concern and then I remembered that if they wanted to tell me something, that they would write. Then I hung up. Didn't catch the phone number. The important thing for us seniors is to remain calm and never ever give out private information over the phone or internet. Guard your information and your wallet. You can never be certain that the person on the other end of that phone is who they say they are.

I received two calls from the department of social security administration today, leaving automated voicemail messages. One from 453-803-1336, the other from 453-841-7117. Both stated that my social security number has been suspended because of suspicious activity. I was not instructed to call back, but rather, to press 1 to find out more. Not likely since this sounds very much like a variation of the scams others have received.

I just recieved a scam call they said my account was compromised or something on those lines and I needed to call them back at (800)785-3119

How can I report a phone number that has been calling for days now? I blocked the original caller, but now, the same message plays with other similar phone #.
Here's the first number:
(866) 404-1375

I received two calls today from 943-239-2551 when I spoke with the person I asked for their name and id number because all employees with the government have to provide that info if they are asked. The foreign woman hung up on me immediately.

I've received several calls the last few months from these scammers. The numbers have been 866-404-6953, or 866-404-2496, or 866-404-1735. They all have heavy accents and seem to know nothing about me. I'm certainly not giving any info to them. They claim that my SSN has been suspended due to fraud. I'm thinking that any number that starts with 866-404-xxxx must be one of those scammers. Can't anyone go catch those guys and shut down their operation?!

I got about 20 calls the last 2 days from an 866 #, with the exact wording mentioned above. Thank you for posting this. I had a feeling it was another scammer.

i had the same incident with same "badge number 3156219ac''
saying it was offcer hernadez

I just received an automated call from a 866 312 3455 number saying that my SS has fraudulent activity and needs to be attended to right away. bunch of BS.

FYI, the word is "impostor" with no "e". No point the Government spreading misspellings; our schools can't even teach kids to write a sentence anymore.

Oxford, We chose to use imposter, which is an acknowledged variant for impostor. I hope you find the blog information of use.

Because my heart's Ruler asks me to pray for my enemies, I am going to pray that the criminals making these calls recover from the damage that makes them criminals and come to realize how their drive for safety, power, and riches is causing them to hurt others not unlike themselves.

We got the same call from 430-808-3456 today just now.

im receiving false calls from this number 1(877)613-1213

I thought I would never fall for one of these scams and am extremely embarrassed to admit that I went as far as withdrawing money from my account per their instructions! I received call from (800)772-1244. Initially I didn’t answer the call but they left a voice message with a different call back number, more of a direct line in order to be able to speak to someone from the Social Security Administration. The number was (201)590-1196. The voice message did not say anything about suspending my social security. The only warning it gave was to not disregard the call as it was regarding an important matter. The reason it was so believable in my case was because I had just visited my local Social Security office a couple of days ago to request a new social security card as mine had recently been stolen along with my vehicle. I thought the call was related to this request. Unless I am misremembering, I recall them even mentioning my recent visit to the Social Security Office, which made it that much more credible! They gave me the Texas story with a vehicle being rented under my name were they found cocaine and an association with money laundering along with 22 bank accounts under my name. The accents were heavy. I did briefly question the likelihood of a government agency employing someone with just a strong accent but I have experienced these strong accents in the past especially when I call credit card companies so I didn’t fixate too much on it. On the contrary, I believed everything they were saying and did exactly as they said including driving to my bank in the middle of my work day to withdraw all of my savings. It wasn’t until I was transferred to the third “officer” who asked me to mail a few ten thousands of dollars to the “government” via FedEx that it all just started to become too suspicious and I began to question the individual. He actually stayed on the phone with me for about 30-40 minutes answering g my questions and trying to convince me of the legitimacy of his request. The only reason he hung up was because I had driven to the Sheriffs Dept. while on the phone with him. When he asked were I was and I told him he said I would be arrested in about 10 mins and hung up. Nonetheless, I am definitely disappointed in myself for falling for such a ridiculous story. I even
confirmed my SSN and DOB. It’s quite lamentable. My suggestion is call back the number that you originally receive the call from. If I would’ve called the 800... number first rather than the number I was instructed to call in the voice message I trust I would’ve figured it out . Specially because the person answering is an automated system advertising a bogus “special promotion”. #firsttimer


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