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Probably not. At least, not from the real SSA. But how many of you have gotten calls from someone who said they were the Social Security Administration? And maybe showed the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) or a number close to it on your caller ID? Lots, right?

We’ve seen a spike in the number of people reporting those fake SSA calls to us. Since January 2018, we’ve gotten more than 63,000 reports of this scam. Three percent of those people reported a loss – and they lost $16.6 million (with a median loss of $1,484).

You can hear what the scam sounds like here. The caller usually says 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 says your bank account is about to be seized – but if you go put your money on gift cards and then give him the codes, SSA can help keep it safe. (Of course, you never want to do that, because then your money is just gone.)

To report this scam, go to ftc.gov/complaint. But if you already gave one of these callers your SSN and you're worried about identity theft, visit IdentityTheft.gov/ssa. And if you get one of these calls, remember:

  • Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended. Your bank account is not about to be seized.
  • The real SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards.
  • You can’t believe the numbers on your caller ID. Scammers can easily fake those. But if you’re worried, call the real SSA at 1-800-772-1213. You can trust that number if you dial it yourself – just not on your caller ID.
  • Never give your SSN, credit card or bank account number to anyone who contacts you. Ever.

To hear more from the honest-to-goodness SSA and the FTC about these scams, follow the Facebook Live at noon tomorrow on the SSA’s Facebook page.

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I have gotten calls using my power company name & number and lots and lots of local people and local businesses using their names and phone numbers, Not always SSA but other robo calls to

I have been receiving three times since this morning:
866-404-2478
866-404-6489

I received a call yesterday saying that my social security got suspended for my number 877-480-4989

I got a voice message from (315) 284-2982 , telling me they are trying to contact me for a while as my social security got cancelled and I need to call them back at that number.
Being surprised I called above number a mail voice answered and I asked what office is it, he said it is New york social security office (Main). I hung up and I researched I don't see this number anywhere. It is definitely a scam.

I’ve gotten 6 of the same type today. All showing from El Paso. I would love to catch these scumbag people and deal with them myself.

Same as the rest of posts. SS cancelled nonsense and all from Texas! at least 2 a day since Tuesday.
I block but they just change up the number. Computer voice normally a man but last was a women.
281.616.6892, 512.361.7109, 800.794.8229, 830.766.5107, 830.477.8401, 830.507.6945.
This is crazy

I have getting those calls constantly for the last few days and I always hang up...but sure annoying..

I've gotten several similar calls over the past few days, all from Maryland numbers.
443-648-9746
410-862-0821

i recieved a call also yesterday that my ss got suspended and to press 1 to talk with rep... it was in my voicemail from 1 830 492 1469

scam call from (281) 991-7314

I started getting these yesterday every 15 to 35 minutes from different 800 numbers. They are continuing today. How did you stop them from coming?

3 times in 1 hour 866-446-1137, social security does nothing. They keep you on hold for 2 1/2 hours. What a joke...

I just received a call from 1-830-433-6211 in Seguin, Texas that told me an arrest warrant from the SSA was being issued for identity theft and to connect with a counselor immediately. What a hoax. Caveat Emptor!

I just received a call an hour ago from 1-513-570-5875 essentially claiming the same thing

I got the same call just right now

I just got the call also.

I got this same one amd another one saying that my ssn had been breached and i was under investigation. These call need to stoo. Someone needs to stop them from bothering everyone. I pray no one actually falls for this anymore.

Got the same call from 843-338-3215.

888-810-0733 SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM NUMBER

Yes I would like to report that I keep getting a call from a telephone number telling me that they are the Social Security Administration asking my name which they already knew and asking for my social security number it is a total fraud the telephone number is18448473239

I got it and the number was 716-562-8923

Here’s another number to add to the pile
887-384-7088

Same here. On a daily basis. Its so frustrating. Then i get calls from local numbers saying i called them and I didnt.

I have been receiving the call stating legal enforcement actions filed on my social security number for fraudulent activities. It came from 410-847-3533, which is actually a fax number for John Hopkins. The caller ID says Green Spring St

I just got a voicemail saying that same thing

I just got the same thing telling me I have a warrant,can this b possible?

Same here, number is 877-832-0230 "before they begin legal proceedings"

I got one saying there was a wreck in Mexico and my charge cards and I.D.s were found in the wreckage, drugs were involved and if I didn't call a given number, there would be a warrant issued for my arrest. When I said ok, they waited a few days and called me back and told me there was being a warrant issued for my arrest. I said "ok, I'm guilty, issue the warrant and come get me" I never heard from them again.

I got this one too.

I got this same call from 410-885-4492.

This is the exact same call I got . And they left an automated voice mail saying that precise script.

Thank you for these alerts. They are very helpful. I am one of the folks who reported fake SSA calls. I am curious what the threshold number of reports is before a topic gets communicated via an alert and what is done on the enforcement side to lower these scams.

i tried calling social security because i lost my wr10 or whatever that form is they mail you. and they switched me to someone who wanted to charge me $5 or $10 for talking to me for telling me how to look it up. i hung up i couldn't believe that. that should be free. i couldn't find the form on the website, but it is free why the charge

Got one of these yesterday and knew it was a hoax from the start but then, just for kicks, waited on line to actually talk to one of the perpetrators. When he came on and announced himself and told me I was in danger, as you've stated above, I asked him if he really thought I could believe him. Dead silence on the other end and then he disconnected our call. Those deadbeats know they are calling illegally.

That's because they are criminals.

I have been complaining about this type of a scam for a few months. I got 5 calls/ threats in a month, and I reported them, my phone has a caller id, even for missed calls, and the numbers I found, I reported. Now, I'm dealing with a Microsoft security scam.

I have been dealing with Microsoft Security Scam and Credit card scam Low interest rate

I am also dealing with a Microsoft security scam that cost me $4,000

Did you get that money back?

GigiBaby. I got that same call today. They left message about Microsoft Security and due a refund. Right. I have never dealt with them nor their scam security. Just hang up and do not even talk to them. Now that I am on do not call list I get more callers wanting to scam me.

Ive received them too and knew better, blocking caller or should I report #

I simply can't believe that with all the modern tech equipment available in todays age we cannot stop these con men from infiltrating the social security network ? Who's kidding who ?

The scammers have not infiltrated the Social Security network, but they want you to believe that. They fake telephone numbers to look like they are calling from the Social Security Administration. That's why you can’t believe the numbers on your caller ID.

So you are saying that the Federal Government can not check do is behind the false phone numbers used for these calls?
Have we not been told that the NSA tracks all overseas calls into the states. Key words of SSA should trigger alerts. False numbers using government contact numbers from overseas should trigger alerts.
Or is the NSA not capable of doing their job to keep America safe? Come on tell us.

I just got a fake call from 18003907133

You say they haven't breached S.S., but it's strange that I've only received these calls after making contact with S.S.

You are so right. I called to set up a phone interview and 2 days later the calls started. 1(888)810-6015, 1(888)810-5813 are the numbers they are calling from. 10 to 15 times a day. I’ll block 1 and they’ll call from another number and leave the same voicemail.

the same exact thing happened to me after i called the SSA office. The scammers immediately called a day later after I made my appointment. How is that possible? How do they know when you make a ligit call ....and call you back and try to scam you out of $?

Same thing here. I get around 5 a day. Each time I block, they call again. Just ignore. Don't block because it shows that you occupy the phone and they will just get another number to call you. If you don't answer at all. Then it eventually should stop with them thinking that no one is connected to number.

Yes it's still happening... never received any scam calls until I signed up for ss benefits online...within a hour of doing so... I personally believe it has everything to do with ss not guarding your information. I reported it but they didn't seem to care...very upsetting!

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