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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 got another call this morning, they left a threatening message that if I didn't get back to tem they would start legal proceedings. I was scammed out of $2000 just last month when the scammers posed as my IT tech. So I definitely wary. I reported it to FTC.

Just received a cal from 1-210-742-4547. The person who called from this number left a voicemail that said “ If I didn’t return call right away , legal processing against me would start.
1210-742-4547 is a scam!!

I have been on the DNC list for years and have reported abuse on several occasions. Now I average spam three or more times a day on my home and cell phones. It is to the point that I do not answer my phone unless I am sure who is calling. I need a recognizable caller ID and a believable call back message. Unfortunately, I may miss an important phone call using this approach, but I do not know how to otherwise addess the nonsense. I am out of kind words when answering scam. Best no words at all. I do not know what this means for telephone conversations in the future!

you buy a new computer you see programs that need updated.You see ads for a monthly sum they will automatically update your program for youDon't let them do it or give them your business.Updates are easy to do yourself.Found alot would update for you then next month that update was deleted and they were back to install the same thing and chg you for that month.

I've gotten calls saying that there is a warrant for my arrest and to please call to clear things up otherwise an officer will be sent to my residence. I never called back.

Got a call from Flagstaff Arizona saying it was SSA and made all the above threats. Voice was a synthesized voice of awsomely bad quality. Listened and hung up.

I have had many robo calls using: SSN, hospital, people & phone numbers from people I don't know. I wonder WHEN gov't or phone companies are going to find & JAIL these people. I get robo calls early am [before 8am] & up 8:00pm at night

Received 2 calls yesterday from the #210-679-1487, this area code is San Antonia TX. A robo call left the message that the SS# is being used fraudulently, and if a return call isn't made, legal proceedings will be started. I called the # just to check, because I have been taking care of something with SS. A male with a Indian accent answered, I told him I had a wrong #, and hung up. Last night I received another call from the same #. I didn't answer.

I have recently started getting these calls claiming to be from SSA. I immediately filed complaints with the AG office, I informed the scammer and he immediately hung up on me! Now this morning another call was left on my answering machine leaving a different callback number. I will continue to file complaints until these calls stop. This is very disturbing to constantly get these calls in the privacy of my home!

If you do talk to them get them to tell you how much you owe if they are telling you that they are IRS, etc and you are going to be arrested if you don't pay your bill now. Then call you're local authority to report their number if you got it and the amount they say you owe. Then authorities can go after them

Scammer alert for Soc.Sec. Do not answer this No.760-878-5020

Received a scam call from 732-284-3897

I received a voice mail from number 657-206-2649 that left an alarming message. Scammer from the SSA wanting me to give him my SSN...I hung up and blocked the number

I have been too scammed over 43,000 from my bank account with google play cards.. and It was from the social security Administration number and was told It will be safe if I put it on gift cards.. so I believed it and they had my social security number and I need to do it right away . So they kept me on the phone with nobody calling in so I really thought I was going to jail for all they were saying my sss number was being used for money laundering and drugs I have nine properties in my name so I they Sent it and they were telling me to keep it confidential it’s very important so I dont tell my family and hide the gift cards so it went on for 2 days I can’t believe this happened to me just before Christmas too of this year . So I’m hopping I can get these guys from nicaguera and over seas calls .. hope they get caught! it’s calls from there I get all the time so I hope they catch them and I get my stolen money back.!!! It ruined my family is struggling now with one income with our children.
That was our savings and checking accounts too. Please help catch theses thief’s and robo calls.!!!

Got a Call from SSA- Data control Saturday, was home to take it, I blocked the Number.

I just received a call from 800.209.5178 saying if I did not call back the number that my number would be suspended. I did not fall for it.

just got a call from 351-277-0126 saying my ss# has been compromised. thank you all for the comments. realized this is just another scam.

Got a call on my private google voice number from (903) 284-2625 saying I have to call back a social security deputy.

Social security Administration scammer alert :

(903) 284-2625

SSA scammers using two additional Texas numbers: 1-469-336-8451 and 1-832-947-7102

I receive calls about twice a day, saying they are from Social Security. They go so far as saying your name, than tell you if you don't sign up for what ever it is, my social security will be discontinued, you will lose coverage. At that time I asked, " what is this all about? Than they hung up. Don't fall for this scam or any other as well. I reported this, found Social Security is getting a lot of reports on this situation. They tell you to report this to 800-269-0271 or go to org.ssa.gov/report and report all numbers that have contacted you

I get loads of similar calls fom ""Medicare". Obviously they all sound like they re in India.

Hello Folks beware I got two calls today from 866-404-8568 and 866-404-8115 that my SS card and number have been revoked. they say press 1 to speak to an agent. Of course I hung up. One left a voicemail on my cell phone. Be careful. I wish the phone companies can block these calls. All the best

I keep getting calls from San Antonio, TX from someone who says he's Sergeant So & So (w/strong accent) asking me for personal information. I knew from the start it was a scam. I just wanted to see how far he would go. I never gave up my info, but right when I told him I knew he was a scam, he hung up!

Don't answer a call from this number 210-987-8505, from San Antonio, TX.

I've gotten a series of calls that's a robot pretending to be from the SSA about legal enforcement. I've reported all of them to the DNC system and the FTC and will continue to do so.
Here are the numbers that have called me so far:
707-404-3592
928-415-1184
602-910-5715

Newest telephone number being used in this scam is: 310-853-8476. May be a spoofed number I don't know.

Didn't recognize the number and let it go to voicemail. Automated voicemail left stating that my SSN has been suspended due to suspicious activity and to press 1 for more information... Phone number is 866-404-0254

This number called me today at 707-340-3171 it was a recording saying saying that it was the SSI social security saying that my social security number has been compromise is used for fraud that I need to call him back right away or be prosecuted

3 times so far today.... Blocked the original number 866-404-0254 but am now getting the same automated call from 866-404-5145. Automated call from the "Social Security Administration" stating that my SSN has been suspended due to suspicious activity and to press 1 to find out more about "the case". Call hangs up automatically in about 5 or 10 seconds when no option is chosen.

Getting these exact calls several times a day the last few days...each time from a slightly different number:

866-404-5689
866-404-5145
866-404-0254

I received multiple calls from multiple numbers telling me how my SSN has been suspended. I just laughed it off and blocked them, but it’s super annoying...

Received 2 called today from1-888-305-8883 threatening legal action. left a different number to call back 1-800-770-0989. Called twice just to see what would happen. 2 heavily accented men answered claiming to be with SSA. This was after 5 pm! Both hung up when i wouldn't give them the information. SSN and BOD. They are now turning it over to my local police department who will issue an arrest warrant.

Got call from 888-988-8993 twice today pretending to be SSA. Let it go to voice mail. Called back for fun n asked guy from his credentials n supervisor info n he hang up.

I have gotten voice messages from Rutherford NJ from this number stating that legal action will be taken if I don’t call back. I haven’t returned the call.
201-340-6450

Just received a robo call this morning with caller ID of the real SS agency of 1800 772 1213, caller ID even said US Government. We laughed, as if the government will call us with any news!

Initially, I received a ROBOTIC call (women's voice) saying the the SSA was trying to get a hold of me and that there was a warrant out for my arrest and to call the SSA patrol office at 512-721-2832. So, just for "kicks" I did just that. Of course, an ARABIC speaking dude answers the phone. I call 6 times, and let them know that this was a scam, that there has never been a warrant out for my arrest and never will be! Wow! I can not believe these idiots think we are so STUPID!

Scammers called from numbers 281-241-7362 and 716-703-8332.

Hello Folks beware I had calls today from 602-529-3518 that my SS card and number have been revoked. they say press 1 to speak to an agent. Of course I hung up.

New Scam from Social Security 202-335-5996

Is there a repository of numbers they use for call back ect, would this even be useful to the FTC ?

this was the call back # I got: 972 505 3323

Got 3 calls from 469-277-2047 this morning with Robo messages from "SSA agent Gavin" that my SS# will be suspended due to fraudulent activity. Reported the number to FTC as possible fraud.

3/19/2019 - 12:33 PST - Just received a robotic call claiming my SS# will be suspended due to fraudulent activity. The Caller ID was 240-523-3101 this was also the number given by the robot to call back.

I received 4 calls from 866-404-6394 yesterday March 18th

Received a call from 877-822-7434, said Soc Sec had been compromised. When I returned call and ask where they were, he cussed me out and hung up. SCAM, SCAM.

Got a scam call saying it was from the SSA saying they where going to arrest me for faundent charges on my SSA number call came from Pinetop AZ 928-358-4337 lazy people should get jobs and work instead of being theirs.

I got a call from (800)568-1213, a number very similar to that of SSA, with a message that my SSN has been suspended. I was then connected to a representative. He actually was bold enough to say that this was a scam but was not going to scam me!

I got a call on my voicemail. Sounded robotic to me. However they left a callback number 562-320-8042. It showed the number was from California.

I got what I believe was a scam call stating they were for SS name and a badge #? Definitely heavily accented voice. Said my SSN had been used in numerous money and drug trafficking actions, that there are multiple accounts and businesses under my number. They said they needed to verify what accounts and activities of mine were genuine, and which not, asking me about which banks I have accounts with. I regret, until that point I was initially fooled by their scare tactics. I wish I had seen this fraud info beforehand. Maybe someone else can learn form my experience. The phone # calling was 855-726-3239.

I have Gotten 7 calls since tuesday from this phone number 1- 866- 613 -3861 telling that my Social Security number has been Suspended because someone has used illegally .dont give them any info it is a scam .if you do ans we r or not they leave a message make you write down the pphone number because they call from different numbers

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