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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?

Round Rock, Texas 5/13/19 I got a call from 1 (800)185-1220 they told me that my social security number was being investigated asked me for my address and the last four of my social security he sounded like he was from India but I can be wrong. When I called back the phone was disconnected. It is a scam. Don't give anyone any information about your self over the phone.

5/13/19. Got a call from a Maryland number. Same thing telling me my ssn is being investigated and to call back before legal action is taken. What a world we live in.

I just got a call from MD 410-226-3059
Saying my SS# was compromised and asked to return the call to discuss the case with SS Investigating Officer.

Fortunately, my RoboKiller app blocked the call and kept the recording for me to hear. They called twice within one hour. BE CAREFUL!

Ne .. what is the name of the RoboKiller app. Obviously we all need it!
My call came from a Compton, CA number 310~361~1004. Said they were calling from the "Legal Department of Social Security Administration"... said my SS# has been suspended & they filed a case under my name. Before the matter goes to Federal Claim Court house for me to get arrested, to press '1' "
This all went to my voice mail. NOT COOL MAN!!

I received a call telling me social security is reviewing my case and call social security officers. I don't have caller ID . This is horrible.

What happenned after ?? My dad just revieved that call.

I got the exact same call on my voicemail just now.. ridiculous.

goodness.i just this very day got an identical call as this one.
i hung up and it went to voicemail, recorded the whole thing.
crazy people.not cool indeed! a roller coaster ride until i found this to read so thank you for posting your message!

I got the same call today too! But the # is 510-112-7281. Called every hour since 10am because I didn't answer. Each time I only got the end of the automated message. So I finally picked up the last call at 2pm and it said to press 1 as well but the call ends immediately after saying press 1. Not cool for sure. Now gonna have to put up a fraud alert.

Same exact number called me. I pushed one. Connected to someone with an accent, couldn't understand what he was saying so hung up. I hope I'm okay.

I just got a call from a number very close to that 510-112-7560. Let it got to VM. Got a similar call a few days ago from a MI area code but that VM threatened legal action including turning me over to the "magistrate". It's crazy the amount of scammers out there.

I just received the exact same call & partial msg on my VM as Devilish1427. And when I called back I also heard that same robo msg. Only difference is the # (+1-518-800-4007) & it says it came from NY. Good luck people. Remember to stay vigilant and NEVER share any of your info with a cold caller. If you really believe that you might have a problem then contact the REAL SSA and ask a real agent or whatever title that they use.

What happens if you hit "2"

They would most likely, as said in the voicemail, Ask for your information and other personnels that they could use to rob you of your cash or something.

Got the exact same voicemail fro a 210 area code. I deleted the message and blocked the number. I tried calling it and got an automated message. SCAMMERS!!!

Same call happened to me, but it was from a 425 area code number, makes you wonder what is going on.

SS will never call you! Period! NEVER give your social to anyone unless you KNOW who and why!

I received a call today tell me that my Soc sec number has been compromised and that I needed to call back before this goes into court. The number is 717-312-8156 is this a scam call. I think it is .

They asked me to call back at (206)231-6022 after calling from a (401) number, and proceed to call me back 3x w/o leaving a voicemail. They had my full name and home addess, very disturbing

T he past 2 days I have been getting calls from a Washington DC number saying basically the same thing. The call a few minutes ago left a transcribed message on phone. When I call back, I get a busy signal.

Same! I got 3 robot calls from different numbers from Washington DC saying my ssn is being used in Texas and to press 1 to speak to officer Amanda Barnes.

Just got that same call from DC, Office Amanda Barnes about my SS # being used in Texas

I've received this same call three times today. That my SSN has been used on the Texas border and to press 1. Two of the calls had the 817 area code and one used the 937 area code. I can see how some people could be taken in by these jerks.

My mom got the same message stating her SSN is/was being used in Texas and press #1 to speak to an officer. I told her that sounds like a scam, but it really upsetted her.

Just got a call from 410-623-7000 on my cell from and at work from 2027885320 simultaneously saying the same thing. When I told them they were calling the DOJ Criminal Division Fraud section and the call would be recorded they hung up.

I"m hunting down these scammers. To be clear, I just called the 202-788-5320 phone number and the lady said they were a law office in California. So the number is a faked (spoofed) number.

I just got 2 calls within an hour from Port Arthur, TX. My Robokiller got them, but I posted this article to my Facebook because I have family that would fall for this. This stuff is getting to be annoying, to the point I no longer answer my phone.

I agree they are so annoying I don’t answer my calls either.

I got the same phone call today 5/20/19. From 4106094664. Said the same words, my ssn was being investigated and to call before legal action is taken. It was a recording and said to call the number back.

I just had a call from the same number, a scam

I got the same call today on 5/22/2019. Twice. Once from Ohio and the other from Kansas. It has me all kinds of spooked.

Hello yes I to got a call from saying my social sercurty was being suspened in no way say or ssi will ever do that they say that to us even never give out any information ever

No reason to be spooked. Just a scammer and harmless unless you call back and give them any information. Sad world that we live in that we have to deal with this. I get quite a few of them as well. Just let voicemail take my calls unless it’s from a select trusted few. Just delete the message. The IRS, SSA, and your financial institutions will reach out to you via mail...not a phone call. If you do think it may be from a legitimate person, tell them that you’re going to hang up and call them back at a known good number...NOT a number the caller gives you.

Thank you for posting your comment. You’re a voice of reason. Very unfortunate there’s so much of this happening. I too get many of these calls. Most of the time I don’t answer them. On the occasion I’ve answered, I find the callers to be mostly men with foreign accents that are bullies. Be careful everyone!

My call went by said it was a federal magistrate to get back to this agent we left the number but nobody ever answered is always out of service is that is that one of them calls or is that real cuz I also didn't get my check for some reason this month but they said my number be blocked not suspended

I just got a call 5/21/2019 from (410)609-4664, from an automated robot saying something similar. I pressed 1 for more information, was routed to a man with an asian accent, who had my first, middle and last names, with my address. He said his name was Eric Willson, with an SSM### account for my record keeping. I hung up, they tried callin me back 3 times from (410)4067798 with no voicemail.

That’s weird his name changed within 2 days lmao his name 2 day was John

Just got the same call today.

I got calls from California 310-601-8320 Monday; Waco, Texas today 254-307-7533; and Indiana 812-269-1038 all stating "Kindly call back to us at the earliest possible before we begin the legal proceedings on our number 812-269-1038 I repeat 812-269-1038 thank you" I called back and when the foreign woman began speaking saying she was with the "Social Security" and that my "social security is being investigated" I just laughed and said "oh this must be one of those scams, the Social Security Administration doesn't call you!" and the lady hung up on me. LOL.

I got a call from Texas today - 254-232-2495

I received a similar call indicating: ⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ security administration and the reason you have received this phone call from _⁠_⁠_ department is to inform you that there is legal enforcement actions filed on your Social Security number for fraudulent activities so when you get this message kindly call back to us at the earliest possible before we begin with the legal proceedings contact us on our number that is 202-380-9613 I repeat 202-380-9613 make sure you call us as soon as possible…”

I just received a call from Texas 281 area code saying the same exact thing. I did not call back and hung up in the middle of it.

I got a call yesterday May 14th, 2019 from that number saying that my social security number is suspended to click 1 to find out. When I clicked the number 1 some Indian lady answered asking for my address and zip code then asked for my middle initial and said she'd call back. Then I looked this up and everyone is saying it is a scam. I got this call out of no where as well.

This just happened to me as well, it was 718 717 2890. He sounded like he was from India as well. I had received a call and missed it and so there was a voicemail saying something about suspicious activity on my social and legal actions being taken against me. I called back and he wanted me to verify information with him and promised me it was safe because the call was secured with the FBI. I just hung up. I didn't trust him. Wow.

I received the same call today from this number 1(281)2130074 cypress tx they tell me threats as you are going to have consequences and press the number 1 to talk to someone and I just hang up the call

I received the same call today from this number 1(281)2130074 cypress tx they tell me threats as you are going to have consequences and press the number 1 to talk to someone and I just hang up the call

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