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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 do not get any benefits of any sort and Still got the weird call

got this call from 800-814-8797. You can tell it's a fake voice.

Just received this scam call on a brand new phone just activated the number- these folks are fast .

I started receiving these SS# calls since on 07/12/3019 (rec'd 5 separated calls from 5 diff ph#s:
12:16pm -(866)438-4056
1:20pm (866)424-8838
2:14pm (866)840-4560
2:30pm (866)040-6851
4:13pm (888)936750 (not even complete ph#!)
All these original calls only stated that "some suspicious activity found under my SS#" but the messages have now gotten more agressive..
most recent call rec'd
10/18/19 3:36pm (800)142-6456 messages have now esculated to "to avoid legal consequences need to contact them etc... press 1 to connect"
Apprently my 73 yr old mother us also receiving these harassing messages. Luckily she's suspicious of everyone & won't give her personal info to any stranger but this is really ridiculous that these ppl haven't been stopped & they can continue to harass ppl for months & months. I really don't understand why our government doesn't seem to think that innocent ppl getting scammed out of their hard earned money isn't a big enough issue to do anything to stop it! Hell, maybe its because the government is the one behind these calls!

I was at the dentist when I got a call from 1800 0171219 I let it go to Voice mail - saying my social security number will be permanently blocked. I googled the number and it seems to be a line from china, the odd thing is that I recently visited the SS office and I wonder about the timing? what is going on with this spammers and hackers? I will call SS office tomorrow morning. this is really odd of a call.

+1 512-522-9397 called me stating that my SS # has been locked due to suspicious activity. I pressed 1 and an Arabian guy asked me for my name. I just told him I would go to the office to clear it up.

I bet he hung up fast after that!

Called my mother telling the poor soul she has been getting as illegally and they need her social to set a appointment up to straighten out the matter . Had her c4ying . Catch these theives FCC . I let her know it was a scam they've called her several times harassing her . She's 79 years old . These CROOKS need to o be swooped up and put in jail for a long time. Like throw away the key kind.

Still happening... I ignore every number I don’t know... if it’s important they can leave a message and I’ll judge how important it is by calling back or not!
This number is a scammer ‭+1 (906) 553-6534‬.

I got a suspicious phone call from this number today: 613 041 1006

2075919147
I've been getting those bogus calls from the number above

Just received a call from 415-630-4042. Am guessing the number has changed.

I just received this scam call from this Larry Thompson Badge ID # 02840195
DMC 701089
Telling me that my social came up in a drug trafficking case in El Paso Texas. How do I protect myself?.

I just received one of these stupid phone calls today I'm taking this down to my local to sheriff's department I am a caregiver in the state of Montana I deal with elderly clients a lie and I can only feel how they must feel when they get this phone call this is so wrong on so many levels I tried to call the number back and the number has been disconnected and is no longer in service go figure of course I answered with okay I pushed one like they said and then I said this is the scam department and they hung up on me LOL

I received a call from 512-967-4518 stating the similar message ("Your SS has been suspended...press 1 to talk to someone...etc.). Just ended the call.

I got a robo call from (800)201-8858 saying that my social security number was fraudulently being used in Texas and that I should press 1 to speak with an officer. I just hung the phone up. It's a scam so don't fall for the fake social security robo call.

800-750-6899 just got at work, female white women voice like always

Just received a scam call, via a recording, saying that my SS # was being used illegally at the border. When I pressed 1 to speak to a SSA representative, a woman answered. I said, "Hi. Can you tell me what this is all about, please?" She immediately hung up. The number they called from was 800-201-1540.

Well I’m getting a missed calls from this and I’m in a small town I’m ENGLAND! nice try muppets.

BEWARE OF NUMBER 1 800 778 1285.
NICE TRY SPAM PAM....

I've gotten two calls, one yesterday and one today. Both messages are pre-recorded and state the following:
"Hello this is a pre-recorded message from Social Security administration the reason of this message is to inform you that Social Security administration department is filing lawsuit against you and then arrest warrant has been released on your name due to legal enforcement actions filed on your Social Security number for fraudulent activities to get more information about this case from federal database press one and speak to our agent now......"

English is atrocious so that's the first red flag! And it's been all over the place that these are scams. Unfortunately, people fall for these EVERY DAY! I won't be one of them. The two numbers that called are:

10/24/19 1 (467)044-8916
10/25/19 1 (469) 037-8119
I blocked both numbers.

‭+1 (800) 775-5254‬ Just reporting in that this is also a scam number. Same as the others mentioned here before. Thanks.

947-425-8967. Just got one from this number.

Received a voicemail from 888-208-4932 on 10/25/2019 at 2:37 PM.
Saying the same as noted above: "noted suspicious activity and your social security will be suspended".

I did not respond to this voicemail message.

Just had a phone call from tbis munber it is a scam ask me for my social insurance munber just blocked this munber 16132054688 it is a scam.

They are now Asian ppl calling very thick chink accent

I have received calls from different numbers that when I am going to verify Chinese letters appear, these are the numbers:713-2470099,18002835774,18002763484,18555921418,So that they have the information, I don't answer the calls, they are scamming calls.

I have received four of these calls in the last 4 hours. Very similar message as the example posted by the FTC on this web page. Not the same voice each time; one sounded electronically generated. The phone calls came from:
800-694-6638
916-755-2940
888-864-7086
800-679-2161

I received a voice mail similar to this threatening me and claiming that the FBI had a case against me and if I didn't call, I'd be prosecuted! (I don't answer ANY calls from numbers I don't recognize!) The number was 800-767-6589

I received a call from 800-767-6589 it was a robo sounding voice, male. Only part of a msg was left regarding Social security case and if I did not press one they would forward the case to Fraud dept. oct 24 2019

These calls are sometimes related to actual scams but there are other agendas such as to scare people into buying a product like cyber/phone security or to get people to pass cyber/phone security laws that will allow searches of your private phone and or computers. Wake up, I have. Everything has an agenda behind it. The calls are annoying at best just fallow protocol NO information and move on.

1-800-190-0305 was the number that called my phone with the ss threat. I traced it to Russia.

I was scammed with this number +1 518-655-9759 on WhatsApp

Watch out for this one ‭+1 (800) 863-5824‬.

I get one of these calls at least once a week. 727-491-8291

+1 (800) 890-5958 Received a call from this number few minutes ago. Did not answer. They left the voice message that this is a call from Law enforcements agency your SS is being suspended call back for the details.

Got same from 207-591-9153

I got a call today (10/29) with the exact same number. It was an automated with a female voice. English was atrocious which is of course, always a good clue these are BS calls.

I have getting these calls more frequently now and when I called back from my job I asked them what this was in reference to and the person kept asking my name. I said i demand to know what it is that you...and he kept asking my name...which i didn't give . i just hung up UGH

‭+1 (279) 777-1664‬ Just got a call from this number saying the same thing that the automated message said above but in a women’s voice. These calls are getting ridiculous and out of control. I block the number but they call from different numbers and it comes up as UnitedStates.

There is a new number they are using and saying they are going to suspend social security payments due to illegal activity on my part. I hung up and called back on a different phone and yelled to call them scammers. I am getting to enjoy this will all the crap calls I get. The new number they are using is..279-777-1661....THIS IS A SCAMMER...it will have an audio tape. When you call back they will hook you up to a live person....this when I called them sammers.

913 597 8042-913 59708042-913 125 3845-913 561 9553 these numbers are for the SSI scam. I keep blocking the number and they call using another. Be very careful.

I got a call from 18006637712... voicemail left was a robo voice:

laundering-fronts(?) done by you. The investigation team of our department and the FBI are investigating more about this case file. We are 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 consider as an intentional fraud and the lawsuit will be filed under your name. In order to get more information and talk to the Social Security office or kindly press one I repeat press one to connect your call to social security officer. Thank you.

I recieved the same exact call; but, from (800) 909-0225.

Got 3 calls from them this morning! This is so frustrating.

946-738-9432 is another disgusting user of this scam

Got a call with voicemail with this exact information. This is the number that called.
833-819-9142

the number 800 530 7578 leaves a message "filed against your social security number. Press 1 now. Thank you"
What is this- sounds like a scam.

Just received this call from a Texas number 713-986-3090. i do not answer any phone calls from numbers i do not recognize, let it go to voicemail and if its legit i call the person back. If not i block the number. A friend who's son just started college keeps getting scams about the student loans. be careful people don't give you info to anyone!!!

Several calls from different no’s in Houston this am saying SS will be suspended
From this no: 713-312-1614

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