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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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Wow, I just checked my voicemail and freaked so I decided to do a little research and whammo!! Looky here...well it looks like I can delete that garbage but for the record, here's what mine said:

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Under your social.to avoid any kind of legal consequences or a non-billable arrest warrant. You need to talk to the concern officer immediately to connect the call press one.

I recieved a call today that sounded exactly like the example. Anytime I get a suspicious call I always check the internet for scams reported. Thank you for sharing.

The phone number 81780 3 2743 is a scam no social security office asks you for your social security number over the phone I've tried calling the phone number back and it goes in 12th voice message for something Jessica be careful don't fall for it

This happened to me just today. Some random number called me and told me to give them my social security number and that they were involved with the FBI and CIA. I was trying to see if this was real so I searched up about this and got to here. I am so glad that that wasn't real at all.

I have been receiving calls from peoples, who are claiming they have suspicious activities on my social security number and it is suspended and for me to dial 1 and I will be forwarded to a representive. I further receive call as of this date 10/28/2019,that my social security number have been suspended and there is an a warrant issued under my name. The following name and numbers called me are all from Washington State:(1. Michael Tarro 1-253-886-7695 Washington State),(2.1-253-277-1957 called from Kent Washington stated there is a warrant for my arrest from social security.) I never answered the numbers or pressed the (#1) as they requested. This have been on- going for about two Months, but I never answered and now reporting.Thanks

279-777-1661 another scam #

I just got a call from phone 1-800-526-4491 saying they are going to file a lawsuit for against me if I do not call the SSA. Obviously this is a scam but I wanted to post the number here for everyone else.

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 410-252-8873. I repeat it's 410-252-8873. Thank you

Beware of number 773-797-3197 which is another Social Security Scam

so tired of these robo calls.

Just received one of the fake "your SSN will be disabled" calls from 877-241-9502.

Some folks just called me saying my ssn was trouble, I need to call them back 425-620-4871

scam

Received call from 800-946-5180 and 800-526-1600 threatening lawsuit for intentional fraud and money laundering being investigated by Social Security and the FBI. Caller (voice sounds like the audio clip above) requests recipient to press "1" to be connected to Social Security officer.

I just got a call and they used 214-690-9322. I hung up immediately!

Got a call last week and today with same number saying that my social security number is under investigation and press 1 before the matter goes to federal court and I will be arrested. 226-489-8205

I received 3 calls this morning with from a robot claiming I had suspicious activity on my SSN. The numbers that called are 800.343.0280, 800.982.7998, 800.403.4189
Be careful make sure you don't respond to these calls.

Hello, I received a few calls from Michigan; one from Saginaw (at 4:30 in the morning) and another from Royal Oak accusing me of fraud? The number given to me from Royal Oak wasn't an SSA number, it was 1-248-965-8612.
Am I being scammed? What possibly could a threatening robotic voice want from me? I called back the number and heard cursing. This is absolutely insane. I feel that it is more abusive than anything.

Received this call twice today from (800) 872-0854

Just received a Voicemail from +1 518 730 7369, it says New York Albany. Same story new number.

Called my cell phone - second time this week

New number and female voice now. Please add 443-234-0877

Just recieved a call saying about the same thing, and to call 18002389587. Dont give anything, not even the last #. Can't believe this is the world we live in.

10.29.19 So Sad! I'm not stupid, nor do I have an issue! with thoughts, family, RX's Jeez! Stop these people. If I did have some issue I would have pressed a wrong number on the keypad! I guess you shouldn't answer andy call unless you know the number

I got another scary call, though it's not as bad as some of the others. This one said, "This message is from the Social Security Administration. The reason to reach you is to let you know that your social security number is going to be suspended by the law enforcement agencies immediately. So before anything goes wrong, give us a call back as soon as possible at our call back number, which is 830-213-2809. I repeat. It's 830-213-2809. Thank you.

Do not answer calls from 1 (800) 674-9405 or 1(800) 674-3651. SCAM!!!!

hello is 3 years jessicapector and willamssmith steal me more 30000$ i report maybe can you help me ???

Just got a call from 613-312-7752 telling me to cll them back as the FEDS are coming to arrest me. i have tried blocking them but somehow they manage to get through. Just fed up with these scam artists. It is a shame they make a living doing this. Hope the right authorities get through to these shameful group. would like that very much

I am getting calls multiple times a week saying my Social Security number has been frozen: 226.341.5082 and 437.555.7625

I just got one of those calls I the area code was Oklahoma, I came here 1st thank goodness because I went into a panic and was about to call them right back!

1 530 298 9607, another Social Security scam

New message from this number is about some fake federal charges, don't fall for it, it's a scam.

I got a call like this from 1-800-046-7754

I receive a call yesterday say my SS was involved with a crime, the number is 443-234-0810

# 222.748.9632 same scam called 2 xs on 10.30.19

Just received a call from "1-800-086-6401" with the scam message. I didn't answer the phone. There was an automated message left

I have gotten 3 calls in the last 2 days from 214-582-0585 (Texas). When I answered the recording said it was the Social Security Office and their was suspicious activity and to press 1 to hear details. A foreign guy answered saying his name was Marcus Brown ID #362D277. He asked to verify my zip code then told me he had my file and said I had a lot of suspicious activity and that their was a warrant out for my arrest so in order to give me all the information he would need the last 4 of my social. I told him i was not comfortable giving it and he said well your not giving your whole number and I still told him I was not comfortable giving that and then he hung up. Shocker!!

I am also getting the same type of call at my work phone number multiple times. The caller states he is from the Social Security Administration and that my social security number is being fraudulently used across the country and legal action is being taken against me and that my SS# will be permanently closed. Social Security Adm. does not do this. This is a scam, consumers beware.

i received an automated call telling me that the department of treasury has been trying to contact me and that i need to get in contact with the or a federal agent will be out to look for me and to call back 855-662-4465. Also that this was the second attempt.

I tot a call from 281 786 4123 twice today.

Got a phone call like this today. The number is 1-800-927-1505

From the number : 786-202-0389

I got a messsage saying this from that number:

Before this matter goes to federal claims court house for you to get arrested. Kindly press one. I repeat press one to know about your legal case. This call is from the legal department of social security administration. Your social security number has been suspended and we have filed a case under your name. So before this matter goes to federal claims court house for you to get arrested. Kindly press one I repeat press one..

Got a call from this number : 786-202-0389 and the message said this ::

Before this matter goes to federal claims court house for you to get arrested. Kindly press one. I repeat press one to know about your legal case. This call is from the legal department of social security administration. Your social security number has been suspended and we have filed a case under your name. So before this matter goes to federal claims court house for you to get arrested. Kindly press one I repeat press one.. Click here: 14699825001 to listen to full voice message.

I just got this message and being suspicious by nature the first thing I did was research the possibility of it being SPAM. Glad I checked. They never said my name, SSN or any information that directly pertains to ME. Don't be so quick to listen and believe...listen and research. The more people who fall for this the more this will happen.

Got a phone call saying something about my social security disability I needed to call this number 1-561-291-0832. Beware scammers

I have got this call more than once, and each time it was a actual person, not a automated voice machine. I’ve been hacked, weird things happening with my phone ect. How do I go about this ? I’m scared now

I DO NOT RECEIVE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AND I DO NOT HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNT. I RECEIVED A ROBO CALL ADVISING MY BENEFITS WERE BEING SUSPENDED. I DID NOT RESPOND TO THE CALL AND HUNG UP MY PHONE.

Just now received the call almost identical to that saying that my disability benefits are going to be terminated because there is suspicious activity on my social security number and to please press 1 to talk to an agent so I don't go to jail or get arrested or have any of my benefits lost

It just happened to me. I received a call from 888-207-9018 with a threat that my SSN is going to be suspended, if I don't press "1". I pressed "1" and, while talking to some person with thick accent, I googled "Social Security Scam" and found you. Of course I suspected scam and told them "Everything I think about them":-) Thank you very much.

I just received a call from 116136747560. Telling me they are going to put an arrest warrant out from the federal government

+1 844-872-9250 they keep calling from this number.

I received a call from 512-610-2469 claiming that there was an issue with my SSN number and that it had been involved in unusual activity. When I call back I get an automated answering service.

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