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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 have filed a complaint with the FTC back in June or July that I was scammed out of $26,000 and 4000 on my credit card but now I have heard nothing yet I don't know whether or not I will get a reply back or any of my money back and they were talking about win money at that time now I'm getting calls from people that says Facebook Lottery they tried to pull the same stunt as they did to me back in May and of course I lost all that money because having just lost my husband I thought I was doing something good for my children but I was being scammed not by one person but by 5 I want to know why no one has helped me or has found out anything I had given the FTC all the information and no one has replied back thank you sincerely Sheila G Gomez

This is another scam. The government paying people that are supposed to be helping people. They don't do anything such as Consumer Protection. They too should be reported. They can clearly see you're being beaten out of your money, but wont lift a finger to help against fradulent businesses . Our tax dollars should not go to support these agencies. Write or call your congressman and demand to know why these government agencies aren't doing the job we pay them to do?

lovly” you are 100 percent wrong. FTC is helping - trying to stop these calls.

we can find a man in a cave half way across the world, but we can't find out who is making these scam calls?

My wife lost 30K+ by these scam call, I was able to get in touch with them 2nd time by calling to say we have more money in the bank so that police can track, while the scammer on the call I went to police station and ask them to track it down now, they said they can't. What a shame, we don't have technology to nail down these scammers, no-one helping us none of the government organization Police, FBI, FTC, Social security office, Senator you name it. We have complained everywhere we can. All of them taking reports but no action, It’s my hardly earned money is gone with the name of trusted government agencies. What Government doing about it ?.

You are incorrect in that the technology *does* exist to track these scammers.

It just is hard to do, because of the number of companies which need to cooperate in order to set up a system to do this with any amount of frequency. These companies have no interest in cooperating because they make money off the scam calls.

Phone companies domestically could change their systems to make it harder to spoof numbers, but they have no interest in doing so because they make money off the scam calls. Not a lot of money, but adding the lost revenue to the cost of fixing their system, it's not an attractive value proposition.

Private companies are not interested in fixing the problem, at least not in the way it needs to be fixed (cell companies are happy to provide "scam warnings", which is inexpensive for them to do).

The answer to motivating these companies to change is government mandates. Make it more expensive *not* to fix the issue, and you'll see how quickly and efficiently it gets fixed.

If companies won’t cooperate because they are making money off the scams, then they are ALSO criminals and should be stopped. If companies refuse to help, then it should become MANDATORY to change their “systems” to stop the scams, or face prison for BEING an accessory to the crime.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure how to stop it. It just takes money, and if that money is used to stop crimes, it can’t be used for big bonuses. Let’s be honest, here.

They are PHONE CALLS; the best way to stop it is for the receivers of these calls to wise up.

I just received a phone message from SSA supposedly there is an arrest warrant for me what does this mean?

It's not real, the SSA would never tell you this, a more local agency would.

Messages are frightening me.
I do nothing against the law but today received different voice not that monotone man but an officer Kelly.
I hang up. Call came from Virginia, not prepared knowing how to record phone calls that come in. Wouldn't they write to me as all Social Security correspondence is done ?

Yes, this is a scam. Look it up.

My son just got 1 of these too. "You're ssn has been used in a crime. Call immediately or we will issue an arrest warrant". Automated robotic call. I laughed and told him to hang up.

I got one too, identical to this one.

I just received the exact same call. 11-21-2019

Yeah, just for that call today. Laughed and hung up. I read more about the scam on reddit; and these guys target older people or fresh college grads. If you fit in this category HANG UP.

Not real. I got the same thing a while ago. I freaked out. Gave them my SS number. Then I called my sister. She said, "you did what?!" Apparently everybody knew about this scam except me.

And something happened with your account or SS?

I got the SAME CALL today

Doesn't mean anything they trying to scare you into giving them money

Cant do anything when these calls are coming from overseas, which most of them are. Our federal agencies work for the US Govt and cant really control what happens in countries like oh say, Russia.

i get calls almost every day trying to scam me,and i just tell them .i,m not an idiot and i can hear many people in the background,this is a scam and i know it and so do you ,then i hang up and block the number

Unfortunately, blocking the numbers generally does nothing. Anybody can make it look like they're calling from any number very easily through VOIP/SIP phone services, which is what these scammers do. They can even have the caller ID randomized for every call automatically.

Source: Part of my job involves some interaction with and configuration of telecom services.

Use a call management app and block all calls not in your contacts file. That works very well but could be problematic. I block all calls from the area code the scammers use. If the gover0wants me they can use the mail.

Exactly I’ve gotten three and it’s anxiety ridden. Time “ sensitive case” am hoping they stop calling and defeat the scammers. I’m going to save the next number it calls and post it on here. Frustrating.

+19067840324

Got a call from this number.
Scam

I've gotten at least one call per day this week. I've blocked all calls (b/c they are dumb enough to leave VM's now, which if you have half a brain, you know immediately that by the computer-generated message that it's a scam). Here are some of the tel's I've blocked coming from SSN scams...
800.408.3321
800.209.8061
786.753.8724

Don't answer. Never give them any info. And block all calls from these scammers. They'll come at you with different numbers, but at least you limit one of their extensions. Good luck!

I got this call said my social security number has been blocked..
+18002446002

I got a call from +18005213902

8442093596 I got it today, BLOCKED, now if i could figure out who to report it to, so I can start a paper trail (cyber trail). Anybody out there know who to report this too?

You need to turn these numbers into the FTC call their 800 number and you will always speak to an agent. No voicemail it's a real person.

I just received a call from 1 800 256 1964. Scam!!!

The first time I got a call from the scammers, they left a message saying that my social security number had been found in a crime scene in Texas. I live in New York City and I was terrified as I am disabled. I called the SSA and send them an email as well. Everything was taken care of and I was advised not to give out any information to the scammers. I received another call similar to the one I had received and simply brushed it aside, still, there was a little apprehension but I am over it. That this is going on with the SSA is simply unacceptable and Despicable.

They said the exact same thing to me! And I live in Chicago!

I got the call Tonight that my SSN was somehow involved in a crime in Texas. It's terrifying.

I GOT THAT CALL THIS MORNING. 11-22-19. I REPORTED TO

: OIG.SSA.GOV

I got the call too -- thank you for the website, I reported it.

Did anyone contact back to you and fix your SSN?

I have found that it only happens after doctor's visits. The doctor's staff are the only people we give the SS numbers to. Take the whole family for the yearly checkup.... And then the calls ensue. I have a family member who works at the FCC and he has filed the paperwork to have the FCC formally look into our case.
The doctor has no right to your SS number. The doctor may be a good person, but who know who he contracts out to for payment? Refuse to give the whole number. Or any. If pressed, give the last 4 digits.

They need your social security number to verify your insurance and i I highly doubt that people associated with the medical offices are going to make this rediculous effort.

I got calls today 1/02/2020 saying this same thing. I live in Virginia. Calls came from 601-996-5532, Robert Dawson. He claimed to be a Senior Social Security officer. I reported this

I just got the exact same call saying the exact same thing. They've called 4 times in 6 hours

I received a similar call like that this morning, from the following number: 443.227.5969.

They called saying my ssn has shown fraudulent activity and an warrant has been issued, they are calling from 512-649-3268/ the numbers start with 512 and also they give a bogus name along with a so-call ID number as if its legit

When people say your SSN has been used in a crime, do they tell you the SSN or use your name? The call I got today said that my SSN had been suspended, but they never mentioned the actual number or who they thought I was. And the call started with "Dear Citizen". So they wouldn't have had to know anything at all before calling, unless I responded and told them my information. Maybe the crime version is different, though.

Ha! You got that right!

I pressedone got someone to answer told them come ge t me I need the vacation click lol

Amen to that! How about that! Why can't we use our taxpayer-funded CIA to find out who these scammers are or where these calls are coming from?

You say that the FTC are doing their job but you don't provide any information to back that up.

I got the same message and also had this message a few months ago. I reported it to SSA. They called me today every 15 mins all day long. I have numbers not in my contact list blocked and they can only leave a message. I am keeping these messages in case they are needed.

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