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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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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

My husband heard the voicemail just like the ssa scam , then somehow it connected to the phone number which showed the real ssa no but it is not the real ssa. Then the good english speaking guy transfer to the indian guy to act all legitimate and he knows my husband name and ssn already!!! And our address, i dont know if we just bought the house and we got some mortgage loan scam paper on the mail, life insurance scam on the mail, they know how much the house is as in public record and know our name and address of course, nth is safe anything since the wicked misuse the technology to mislead innocent people, like satan father of lie, and now they just like to lie and make believe how cunning these scammers are.Now we just need to put fraud alert on our credit report and file tax asap .We dont feel secure after all these lie. Nobody like lie. God give us the conscience to like the truth.....then the indian guy started asking personal questions said need to frozen our bank acct.sayong how much we have, how much credit limit and how much we spent?! Fishy there and FBI and CIA arrest drug lord and frozen their bank acct, why me innocent victim, so weird and they should come to my door if sth really happen but is not the case, the police and ssa said nth they can do about it.Just drama to get your money.stressful for mu husband suddenly said put him in jail when he is the victim now his back is hurting and leg numb because he dont like the faxt that the con artist knows his name ,ssn and address !!!!!!!

I had the same thing happen to me but it was on my cellphone. Instead of gift cards it was iTunes gift card for $100 each. Did not send them anything. I thought I was messaging my cousin but quickly figured it out.

I received a robotic female voice about my social security number being suspended and to call the number back and/or press 1. It was a New York number 347-909-1213. Interesting.

I get those calls constantly
I have a big advantage in dealing with scam calls
I have moved from an area that I lived in for 25 years and kept my phone number
Now I live in a totally different area code
I decline calls that are not in my phone book with my contacts list

I just got two of these back to back on my cell phone. Both were robo calls. Do NOT respond to these scams! Warn your friends and family!

Another scam call, same message from a different number 8006749818. I just don't answer it but the voicemail is the same automated message about my SS being cancelled due to suspicious activity.

Another scam call, same message from a different number 8006749818. I just don't answer it but the voicemail is the same automated message about my SS being cancelled due to suspicious activity.

The number they called me

from was 1-951-267-9896

18003484058 yeah I just received a call from a robotic voice that said that my social security was getting ready to be suspended also this is crazy! but I know from the past that I've had some weird calls and knew right away to get on Google and find out what the heck was going on thank you

With one day, social security fraud calls from
‭+1 (325) 487-2349‬
‭+1 (325) 806-4130‬
‭+1 (325) 615-8949‬
‭+1 (941) 762-0990‬

Another ‭+1 (325) 190-0548‬

Received similar voicemail message from phone # 332-877-4245 in a male robot voice stating, "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 suspended your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one...."

Definite scam attempt.

Similar scam from number 332-877-4245, received a voicemail message from a male robot voice saying they are from the Dept of Social Security and that your social security number was just suspended and to press 1 to know about this case. Aware that this is a total scam, just adding in case anyone else has been searching this number.

5 more numbers.
All the same person
All 24 seconds of voicemail


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