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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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I received a call from +1 800 952 4552 telling me that they from a fedral agency and they've found some suspicious criminal activites regarding my SSN, such as money laundering, drug trafficking and car jacking. He's name was 'Pieter Brown' federal officer. He asked for the last four digits of my SSN, my address, about my Bank card, how much cards I have and the amount of money I have on it. He then schedule for two Federal officers to come to my home tomorrow morning '10/19/2019' to help me with my SSN after it's suspended or frozen.
I'm not 100% sure if that was a scam or not. Help.

I got the same call on the same day Meagan. 972-430-5484. It's a scam.

I got this call... The 18007721213... I THOUGHT that it was really SSI. . And they asked answered and sent money. Then this month my bank account was hacked for all of my check. OMG .. I'm so dumb

Today October 18, 2019 I received a call from 714585841 & 38032929 one was from google scam the other robo call stating the feds are coming for me and if I don't want that to happen push 1. I hung up and went online to see if others have experienced this. I've also received calls about my ss benefits and employment. I'm unable to work. The ss admin has stated they will not call correspondence is received via mail. This is just worrisome. How do you protect yourself?

I received this call today 512-986-9602. Scammer

833-561-9353...claim ss number had been compromised, press 1 to talk to an agent...robot call...

I keep getting these type of calls all the time it is a scammer

I got this call today
the number was 800 485 7692

1-800-188-5371

Reporting this spam call because it sounds so freaking dire. This number needs a federal investigation now.

Called the number back and came, and they answered Clearview, hung up

‭+1 (239) 310-6801‬
This number is a social security fishing endeavor. They called me over 20 times one day when I answer I give them the last four digits of what they think is my Social Security number to verify a “loan application I just give them random numbers every time and they say OK you’re not verifying anything

Got this message from two different numbers the past two days: Hi, this call is from Social Security Administration. The nature behind this call is to inform you about a suspension notice that 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 415-446-9253/213-451-6150 I repeat it 415-446-9253/213-451-6150 thank you…”

Received 6 calls coming from 832 416-1658 today saying they are from the fraud department of the SS. Glad i found this site.

I recently got a call telling me that I have criminal activity on my social security card. And they asked me for my full name so I hung up. If they have my ssn then they would have had my name. Right??

Add 346-347-7617 to the list of SS scams. Robot message about all the stuff listed in this article. If anyone is constantly getting these calls on your CELL PHONE I recommend getting RoboKiller. This app helps to block unwanted scam calls from your cell phone.

I also get this type of call yesterday from this phone number. They are stupid.
334-292-3004

The government should coordinate with the phone companies to identify these prople put yo jail.

received a call from 226-005-9935

I got a call from automated voice and said something about sin number and criminal activity, as it threatened me not to hang up and if i did.... then i hung up and checked google the number was 1-226-232-2326

Got three of these calls before 11:00 am.
Numbers are
281 958 9826
281 729 2371
And another but didn't answer so not sure it was same.

I work nights and must leave phone on. This stuff stinks and puts motorist lives at risk.

received 5 scams calls in the last few days (10/17/19 - 10/21/19) from 817 776 6953 about SSN. be careful as these guys are persistent.

MULTIPLE calls over the last few days from 800-059-0655, 800-624-2735, 800-820-8403, 800-460-8033. Dang spammers....

I got the same call from # 1-800-202-1312

Just got a call from 281-333-4018 number with a message about my social security number suspended and to press 1 to speak to an agent. When I pressed 1, the person introduced himself as Alex White and tried to scare me that this is very serious and I will be arrested if I don't resolve it now. This was 3 time I received such calls from a different numbers with Taxes area code.

I received this call today from 866-659-3371 advising me to avoid arrest by calling 866-473-5149 with the last four digits of my SS#.

i got a call from 1-315-231-6683 stating that i need to call the social security administration... its not a good number. sounds like a robo caller in the voicemail.

I received a voice mail on my cell phone earlier today from (888) 630-8977. My cell converts these message to text and thought I'd share.

"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 bfore you get arrested if you need any information or have any questions, kindly call us back at (888) 630-8977. Thank you."

I was going to call and jerk their chain (not giving any info of course) but the number states it is not set up to receive calls.
Figures, just another scam on the American public to prey on those they can.

800-250-9373

Called me - gave them my dads info - same name, different SS. He is deceased. As soon as they figured that out they hung up on me lol.
Called back - got "Medic Alert" company on a recorded line.

I just received two calls (one Ist one I ignored, 2d I answered) from 1800 570-5945 and supposedly "I have fraudulent SSA and to stay on the line for further instruction on how to remedy it." Bunch of BS and when I looked for the number, none came. Technology is not always great and I wish I could work a FT job and make more $ than I do on disability. If this was a legit call, I would have received mail.

I got a call today on my cell from these scammers. The minute I questioned them they hung up. They appeared to have indian accents from New Delhi or Bangalore.

I have received at least 4 calls within 2 hours from the same 800-398-5680 with the same recording in regards to my social security. How can I make them stop calling my number?

Just received this call from 8488871126
United States stating exactly what’s noted with article. Funny thing is that I reside in Canada with No ties to the US. Be careful!

Now they are calling on Canadian's

Do not call them back! Because the phone numbers begin with three digits that resemble American area codes. This Social Security scam is just evil. No, SSA employees would never threaten to have you arrested. Phone Number 916-246-2075 calling me Friday, October 18, 2019 9:37AM

received 2 calls today saying it is the legal department of social security.....I just hung up

I activated a new prepaid line with AT&T on an older phone a month ago. I received a call and exact same message on 10/13/2019 from 833-854-4253, again on 10/18/2019 from 833-854-4264, and again on 10/21/2019 from 833-854-4258. Wonder how they got my new number. Is AT&T selling users' info? Good question.

JUST RECIEVED CALL FROM 1-800-706-7069 FOR THIS

Just got this same call from "800-892-8365"

Just got scammed they said I was involved in money laundering and drug trafficking the number is 1800 369 6264

I received a phone call from 1-888-228-7000 with the similar recording. I pressed 1 to talk to a live operator. As soon as I asked her what is the issue with my SSN, she started singing and hung up. Then I tried to call this number back, again I pressed 1 and it was a medical alert company (they claimed), the operator also did not even bother to listen and insisted on transferring me to some other representatives. This company unless you reply that you are over 60, they auto hung up all callers under 60. I guess it's much easier to take advantage of older people.

Here is another couple of scammer numbers. They called twice in one day. 331-215-7254 & 800-479-0443

I just got a call from Maryland at this number saying that they were going to issue a warrant for my arrest and go before a magistrate I don’t even have a clue what they talking 240-523-2413

Got a call this morning from Hackensack, NJ regarding SS# and fradulent activity so I should call hotline number 013360205 before they begin legal proceedings. I think NOT!!!!!

I have received this call many times from every phone number listed here and some not listed. 1. I never answer any number unless listed in my contacts. 2. I google everything to see if it is a scam. 1 day these phone calls started every 30 mins from 8am-6pm. So I decided I would call back and push 1 even though google and listed this scam.. I wait for The Scammer to answer, when the answered I listed, then politely said. This is Detective _____ from Las Vegas Police Department, badge number ?????. The Scammer immediately hung up and not rung my number since. I like to suggest that everyone tries this. They may get a lil cleaver to our scam. But they are not trying to get caught up with going to jail. Hope this Helps everyone.

Received several calls since yesterday; different numbers from North Macedonia, Montserrat, and today from Congo-Brazzaville (242 04 175 8154). I didn't answer but blocked all the numbers. But it doesn't seem to stop it since they call using different numbers.

I received a call from 802-308-0426 and hung up. When I called back they answered Soc Sec Admin but it was a foreigner and it sounded like a call center. I did hang up.

I received three of these calls in two days. Finally picked up and knew it had to be a scam.
Called from +18009168224. +18009124682

They called my husband's cell phone yesterday and mine today. They need to get a real job and stop harassing people who ARE at work.

Just received 3 calls this morning. I called number back and a live person picked up saying "Social Security Admin" .. Really.. We are not that stupid people.. Give up!

I received a call listed on my caller I’d as 800 service 1-888-700-2272 claiming to be from social security and basically threading the same way as all previous comments. I was in internet security and recognized it. I just think it is a shame that we cannot prosecute these individuals. I also feel sorry for the really elderly that would not understand the scam.

These numbers called me saying my social security # account has been suspended because of suspicious activity.

# 800-912-4682

# 800-916-8224

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