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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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New number calling pretending to threat to go to my wife’s work. From social security Administration 407-434-0996 name is Jason he uses. Blocked the number call still comes thru.

So just found same recording but it said I was suspended for fraudulent activity.I work on tips so this had me worried bad.But then I realized that it was a 900 number.Thank you Google.I was led to this Website.Karma in all this,they would be practicing on me cause I live day to day.Im always broke

I WAS JUST CALLED YESTERDAY AND WAS TOLD THAT U.S. MARSHALS AND DEA ARE COMING TO MY HOUSE TO SHOW ME THAT IN HOUSTON TEXAS A CAR WAS RENTED UNDER MY NAME AND 200 KILOS OF COCAINE WAS FOUND IN SIDE AND THE CRIMINAL IS STILL NOT FOUND AND THAT I WAS BEING HELD RESPONSIBLE THEY REALLY HAD ME GOING CRAZY CRYING AND ALL THEY SAID THAT 7 DIFFERENT BANK ACCOUNTS WERE BEING USE FOR MONEY LAUNDERING SMH AND THAT MY SOUCIAL SECURITY CARD HAS TO BE CHANGED AND THAT MY BANK ACCOUNTS ARE BEING FROZEN AND THAT THEY NEEDED MY ADDRESS TO COME TO MY HOUSE SO TODAY 10/8/2019 AT 4:30PM THEY WILL BE COMING SO THEY CAN GIVE ME A NEW SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER SO SAD WHAT PEOPLE HAVE COME TOO

737-489-632 SS SCAM NUMBER AS WELL

1-325-238-9483 called from Abilene, TX. Said to call back before we begin with legal proceedings.... SCAM

Today they are using: Phone 1-800-714-7637

Phone # 205-649-0975 Just called leaving a message that my social # was blocked.

Got a message threating to suspend my social security card and had a case number and that I was being investigated.
888-628-3467 was the number they used

I've gotten scam calls persistently from (559) area code with various numbers, such as:
541-9190,
388-2590,
826-5410
Believe they've shifted to (800) 019-4192 today.
What a waste!

Received call from 800-072-9379. Didn’t answer but voicemail also stated that my SS was about to be suspended unless I connected with one of their officials. I’m not old enough to qualify for SS benefits and I’m not disabled. My practice is never to answer unknown numbers. If it’s important, a message will be left and I can decide if I want to return a call. Sadly I’m sure people do answer these calls and get scammed.

Just got this same exact call - scary!

Just got a call from ‭(800) 877-7119‬ pushing this scam

Got a call from (801)923-1542, requesting the same thing.

Got a call from 800-561-0419- called them back and it was someone saying they were from social security and they needed my information to identify me.

Unbelievable... block this/these numbers. I'm infuriated that people are getting scammed by this mess! NEVER give your ss# out over the phone! EVER...........

Ringed by 1-800-361-3592 saying my SSN is suspended permanently due to some suspicious activity, and that I could talk to the concerned department by pressing 1.

I don't know what you expect the government to do if someone outside the US (almost all of them) scams you of your money? It is your fault, never give out information. I use an app called "Should I answer" on my cell phone. It keeps a database of all the numbers reported by users and blocks those numbers. If one gets through you can block it and add it to the community database. That is the best I have been able to do. It is free but they do accept donations.

i am currently on a call with a guy named Steven brown (Badge ID: 29937) from the department of treasury saying asking me to secure my funds in vouchers i bought from target and Nordstrom. he is threatening to send for my arrest because my social security has been connected to criminal activity and i will need to get a new social security. tomorrow federal agency will be coming to my place to investigate my place to see if i have been involved with these things. he sounds real yelling at me and everything.

You will never receive a call from the Social Security Administration asking you to verify a purchase or funds. When a social security number has been used in illegal activity the US government (police, FBI, etc.) will conduct an investigation. Once, and when, they've gathered enough evidence and located the person responsible they will make an arrest.

received call fr, 1 866 180 4285 asking for sin #

Just got one number was 224-333-1215...I kept saying I wanted to call the social security number online that is the known real number and he kept saying if I hang up or get off the call he was suspending my social security number!! Still waiting on hold with social security bc that guy hung up on me so I’m sure it was a scam. He wanted all my info.

855-498-7887 Screened call with Google:
miles by the u.s department of treasury on your social security number ignoring this will be an intentional second attempt to avoid initial appearance before a match is great judge or a gradually for a federal criminal offense this is the final attempt to reach you to resolve this issue immediately to speak to a federal agent call back a number 855-498-7887 i repeat 855-498-

Just received a call and to call back 844-390-1239 that my social security number is involved with fraud and the local police are looking for me. They then asked for my social # I told them to go to hell that if they were the SSA they would know my number and they hung up.

the scam number that called me 1-800-502-3473

A fraudulent call from 1-888-803-5034 claiming to be Social Security with a recorded voice saying my "social security number is going to be suspended due to fraudulent activity. Press one for more information".
Please don't do that! Obviously this is fraud.

SSA SCAM DO , BLOCK THE NUMBER IF YOU CAN

This number just tried the social security scam.
866-076-9237.

1 800 529 4412 called trying to get info. wanted info about my SSAN .

Received call from 941-888-9609 with an India sounding voice saying they're updating my medicaid & medicare info. Laughed and hung up.

I received a call today, at 11:30. A.m.
They told me if I didn't call right away, there will be a. Arrest warrant.

just received from 800-508-4898, and leave me message my SSI was invoked in suspicious activity and asked for contact.

I got several call from 817-231-5164 and I didn't answer those calls. They left the message and said my SSN suspended. I called this number and asked him why did you guys called me? He said he is from SSA and asked my full name. I was rude on him, why did you call me? If you are from SSA you suppose to send letter not calls. He said he already sent letter and I asked him whats the address? he said my street name. I said send me letter again and the he hanged up.

got a phone call from 800-400-4449 - the same scam message !

“His phone call from our department is to inform you that there is a legal enforcement actions filed on your social security number for criminal activities so when you get this message _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ that soon as possible on our number that is 410-618-1400 I repeat 410-618-1400 before I leave the been with the legal pros evening thank you have a nice day if you wish to speak with our executive then press one now that was an invalid entry if you wish to speak with our executive then press one now that was an invalid entry…”

called me in greenville SC from 800-526-8861, reporting number to police

I literally just got this call today

lol same

210 255 21887 San Antonio Texas. Computer generated call.

I received a call from 1(800) 242-3151 saying my ssn was about to get suspended and canceled. The automated response tells me to mark 1 in order to be connected to a SSN representative. Then the call hangs up. I am never connected. I am concerned because I recently opened a CC account with Capital One online. and next day I get this call.

So, my call just came in from 360.215.7056. Guy told me I couldn't ask questions. He barely spoke English. Then he passed me to another person who said his name is Temzen Crue. I told him I want to know the number for the Social Security Administration so I know this is not a scam. The number he gave me to call back is 206.489.8999. I didn't.

I just got a call from ‭+1 (210) 742-6096‬ from Texas which is weird. It was an automated message saying my ssc was breached and have a warrant out for my arrest.

I just got a call from 1 800 380 6477. A robot voice answered saying my Social will be cancelled. Press 1 to talk to social security Administration department. I pressed 1 and a guy with thick Indian accent kept saying I’ll be arrested and my bank accounts will be sealed.

While talking to them I googled the phone number and luckily got this website where 35K+ people have already been scammed with similar call.

This not fair. I hope law enforcement catches these guys who Harass innocent citizens.

Got similar call several voicemails

‭+1 (800) 454-3268‬
And a bunch of other 1 800 # that are dif every time
Will block and keep it moving

I got a call from this number 773-219-0312.

Saying: “It's from Social Security administration the nature of behind this call is to inform you about a suspension notice we have received against your Social Security number by the federal crime and investigation department we need to talk to you as soon as possible again this call is from Social Security administration number to reach department is 773-219-0312 repeat it's 773-219-0312 thank you…”

I didn't respond to this call, then searched for similar instances from google and see more scam regarding this.

I got a call from a 877-832-0230, left a robot message on my voicemail, saying something about "is out number, before we begin with legal proceedings against you, that is 877-832-0230."

I called back and they claimed to be the social security administration office.

I just got a call from 800-267-4674. the woman told me that she was calling from the Social Security and that my ss number was suspended because of suspicious activity. She requested my ss number to verify my id

Received a call & voice message giving a case number stating my SSN will be suspended if i do not call. Watch out!

Got a similar call to day from 800-900-4800.

"Trying to reach you for the last time to verify about such activities just in case we will not hear back from you it will be considered an intentional fraud and the lawsuit will be under your name. In order to get more information and talk to the social security office kindly press one to connect your call to the social security office, thank you..."

The new SSA scam number 800-957-7332

_ of record to return the call the issue at hand is extremely time sensitive the number for you to call the SSA back is 701-997-0408 the reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that there's a legal enforcement action filed on your Social Security number for fraudulent activity so before this matter goes to the state courthouse and before you get arrested if you need any information or have any question kindly call us back at 701-997-0408 thank you…”

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