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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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WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE CALLS??????????

Ive received a call from the US and I put the number into the phone number tracker and it was from canada. Its really scary, the robot talks (mine was a women), telling you youre going to be arrested, not very pleasing

Thanks FTC! I've received over 10 of these Social Security Administration scam phone calls. The calls are always a computerized voice. Some calls allow you to connect to an "agent" whereas others ask you to call back. Once I managed to talk to one of the scammers and they could hardly speak English. I asked them not to call again, but they continue anyway. Today they called again and on a national holiday when no SSA offices would be open. While most people will realized these calls are scams, they still cause concern and may trick some people. So it's great that the FTC publishes information about these scams so we can confirm and avoid. Stay safe everyone.

just recieved a phone call from800-980-4495 saying my SS # is going to be suspended due to unidentified activity and if I want to know about the case i should press 1 so i hung up ofcourse. It was a recording.

IRS SCAM Call from #844-632-3012.

I was almost convinced i recieved a call the other day that my ss n was being suspended for fraud as well and that i needed press 1 to speak to someone before further action and just as i was gonna press one call was disconnected and it was a recorded line just like the sample om this site this is horrible i was scared .. Thought i did some thing wrong until my husband sent me this link now i am full aware and will not fall for no b.s.

I got one today. 281 718 9929, Texas

Also just got a phone message regarding my SIN number and that I needed to call a enforcement agent back. Just wanted to add this for people to be aware . Number of call: 1 800 452 1556

I received a call today from 844-838-7206. The automated message said my SS number had been suspended and to press 1 to speak to a rep. When the rep came on the line, she hung up on me as soon as I started to ask questions. Totally bogus!

Call came from a 978 number in TX. Left a recording. I called it back just because I knew it was an Ahole. He had my disabled sons name and his grandmother's name. I questioned him out the butt. He told me that my son's ss# had been used in illegal activity at the border. I told him he had to talk to me and that if he was really with the SSA he would know my name. He could never come up with it. I told him I was reporting the number to the FCC and let them investigate the number. He hung on to his scam. I'm far from being an idiot. EVERYONE SHOULD TURN THESE PEOPLE IN. My son and my mother are both disabled. I can catch them with my son buy my mother may think it's legitimate since they actually had his name and hers. I will report this everywhere. The number was 978-848-7248. His first question was did you get a message to call us back.

Just got a call that was extremely similar. # was 1-800-892-7526

Got a call from 18052965452 glad I looked this up before responding... I called them back and decided to waste their time for a bit...

I thought and read the SSA and IRS do not contact you by phone but by letter so there you go if you do not have a pixel with the screen call feature...

getting a similar message from 1-800-230-1916

Robovoice, says"...so if you want more information, press 1"

This happened to me and it was 1-888-613-7884 Which I Knew Was Fake

same b.s. scam with the # 910-377-5598

I get whats app msgs from this num who use this num to harrast me

I got a call from 226-338-3374 saying my Social Security got suspended due to suspicious activity.

Just received a call claiming that my social security had been suspended the number was 1-866-667-3038. Female generated message.

Just got a robo-call saying it's from the Social Security Dept., and that there is a Legal Enforcement Action, for Criminal Activity on their Section 18 of subsection......so before this case goes to federal Court, or your dad is arrested, please call immediately on their number 817-349-3775 .
Maddening!

So, we all (here anyways) know this is a scam. So what is being done about it?? Isn’t the Social Security Administration a federal company?? Spoofing the phone number to appear legit and claiming (impersonating) to be an employee of the SSA - should be a federal offense!! Why is the government not on these calls already??

Just received two times call today and they even left a voicemessage after I did not respond to their calls. The number was a Malibu, CA, and 424-644-6156. They said in the automated voice message, a criminal activity will be processed if I can't reach out them at the given phone number. Scammers are everywhere, and nobody stops them. My phone number is almost hacked and occupied by these scammers.

Just received a similar automated call from this number. Many thanks for this timely information!

Keep getting a call from Jasper, not sure of the state. 205-295-6990, telling me my social security has been compromised.

I received a call from 800- 772 -1212 and the voice says that 'we received a legal affidavit that your social security was suspended'. It is horrifying.

2028644519 keeps calling every day from Washington DC saying something against my social it's a scam

I have gotten scam social security calls consistently and we had training that our company provided on what phishing and scam emails and calls are like so could tell. Below is the # it came from-
-530-594-6450
-332-785-7333
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Just got a call from 210-960-2159
Saying that there would be a warrant out for my arrest if I didn't turn myself in for the fraudulent activites found with my social security number. NEED TO VERIFY MY NUMBER IMMEDIATELY to avoid arrest.

Received VM message from 210 343 1053 with message: "Mated message we want you or your retained criminal attorney of record to return the call. The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. The number for you to call the SSA back is 210-343-1053. 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 court house and before you get arrested if you need any information or have any question kindly call us back at 210-343-1053. Thank you."

Somebody call from 1-516-066-1689 and 1-516-046-5867 they said are calling from Social Security because I have problem with my social security. The caller read for me my address and my name and ask for permission if they can check the case, with that they will came to my home in 45 minutes to discuss the case.

I received a call from 866-877-7483 with a recording stating that my social security number has been suspended and there is a warrant out for my arrest and to press 1 for more details. I pressed 1. A woman answered and asked what I was calling about. I said my SSN is suspended and there is a warrant for my arrest. I reminded her that they (in fact) called me. She asked me my last name and then hung up on me. I was a bit snotty - but seriously everyone knows this is a scam. Can't call back the number either.

Just received this scam call from 240-716-6945. Be aware that
these thieves continue to try to get your private information.

Some weird jerks
1(800) 100 4971

Got two calls today. l pressed 1 and a person answered. I said this sounds like a scam and they hung up. the recording said to call this number 888-6756247. It was a women's voice .

I just got a voice mail call from 210 429 9305 stating that an arrest warrant was about to be issued, and when I called them to know where they are from, they disconnected the call. Trying to let you know ignore any calls from this number.

I got a call from a 727 491 8291
Saying that there is going to be legal actions against me with my ssi number if I don't call . And when I call . The Indian man said hello and I said I was returning the call what business im I calling. He said it's not a business it the Ssi .... Then asked for my name and date of birth . And when I asked again if they were the ssi they hung up on me

I got a call from 363658 (it seems like an incomplete number) and they said that there was fraudulent activity with my SSN and something about an arrest warrant if I didn't reply. Why did this number show up like that on my phone's caller ID?

I’ve been getting these calls multiple times a day for months. I never answer and I know better, but I am frustrated knowing they are robbing less informed people.

I just got a call from India that said I was going to jail. The number is 929 323 0234

A while back I read and article that some technology allows a caller to make any phone number show up on a caller ID. I believe it was called spoofing. I received such a call from my own local phone number.

received robocall from 727-726-9255 stating it was the Social Security office advising my social security number had been reported as used in a fraud situation in Texas and press 1 to talk to some one. I hung up!

I just received a phone call from 430-209-0586 threatening to arrest at me and my social security number was suspended. I argued with the foreign fake social security agent that Soc sec doesn’t call people. Ugh! Please get these people!

I just got a "RESTRICTED" Call telling me of SSN Suspension, and directing me to THAT exact number you posted to rectify the situation. Crazy..

They have now added that an arrest warrant has been issued under your SSN

I had this number call me V0161206200001769136 !! What is it ??

972-430-5319 scam

There still at it with this number. Received a call today! Told them
To loose my number

Left on voicemail from (443) 342-2717: “We just put a hold on your social security number for criminal activities. So when you get the message kindly call back at the earliest possible on our number, which is 443-342-2717 repeat. It's 443-342-2717 before we begin with the legal proceedings. Thank you and have a nice day.”

The latest call back number they are using is 213-451-6150

Have called me again . This number shows up 8777469850. They hang up when you say that you have a attorney . Scam

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