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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'm getting calls from the so called SSA and I'm getting really aggravated . please do something to resolve this matter.

I keep getting calls from this number 1-(810)967-9035 more then twice a day saying they are from social security and that my account has been suspended because of illegal activity

I got a message like this.
Is this a scam too?
Ministration legal department, the reason of this message is to inform you that SSA department is filing lawsuit against you an arrest warrant has been released on your name due to Legal enforcement actions by your social security number for fraudulent activities to get more information about this case File from federal database to speak with the officer, press one. I repeat to speak with the officer, press one.

Keep getting calls saying I have a warrant out on me about my ss# using it fraudulently...the numbers are local 336-552-5729 and 336-552-8231.. When he asked me my name then asked for my last 4 digits of my ss# I asked "what the call was about?" He hung up. I immediately called my local ssa and questioned this .Mr. Hugle immediately gave me all info I needed to help stop and try to catch these scammers...keep reporting them eventually they'll get caught SOON!!!

Just a heads up, they're now marking their numbers as "private".

Just got the same call from 804-301-1662 in VA.

suspicious activity scam, from area code 628, san Francisco

(936) 207-2075
kindly call back at the earliest possible on our number before we begin with the legal proceedings that is 936-207-2075 I repeat 936-207-2075 thank you

Voicemail left on Sept. 16:

Mint of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that there is a legal enforcement actions filed on your social security number for fraudulent activities. So when you get this message kindly call back at the earliest possible on our number before we begin with the legal proceedings that is 206-424-2750. I repeat 206-624-2750. Thank you and have a nice day.

Just got a call from (254)715-2443 they asked for the last 4 digits of my social and kept me on hold. I’m scared they can do things with the last 4 digits of my social

A scammer call me about suspended my social security number from texas and then he say press 1. The caller id is 6123825714.

Just got a call from 954-253-9468 saying he was Officer Chris Lynn
from SSA . He told me I need to get a new Social Security number as someone driving my car in Texas was busted and has all my information. When I asked him for a phone number to reach him he gave me 1-800-772-1213. not what was on caller I.D. I told him I work behind the Police Dept. and am walking over there now and hung up on him.

I just received call “ social security “ threatening to arrest me if I did not return their call re suspicious activity Area code 417 / Missouri I am grateful to have the previous comments to enlighten me further.

Received a call from 877-513-3284. Robotic voice with an "Officers" name and saying it was the legal department of social security administration and that there was legal enforcement action filed on my SS number and to contact them (with a "case number") and to ignore it would be considered an intentional attempt to avoid initial appearance before the magistrate judge.

I got one from a 850 num today

Every day I get a call sometime three or four times a day from a scammer that says they are from Social Security and my benefits are being stopped because of suspicious activity. Of course I tell him to stop calling me hang up the phone and blocked her number. But two hours later I get another call with the same dang message. Nothing but scams. Do not give out any information to these idiots.

15165309358 New York scam

I just called this evening. it was an austin, tx phone number and that's where i live. i was threatened with suspension of SS#, arrest due to it being used in drug crime and seizure of my assets! was so upset and scared.

My family keeps getting a call from 1-888-644-3169. They call and inform there is legal proceedings against me but no real information is provided. They also informed they are calling because wage garnishment is pending but my employer has not responded. Mostly robo calls but if you wait long enough a person answers and they are usually very aggressive if you ask questions.

Just received another call threatening legal action against me because of fraudulent activities using my Social Security number. This time it was from a Tacoma, WA number of 253-319-1676. Received one last week from a 800 number.

978-501-1973 and 978-501-8865 received two calls within 20 minutes 09/24/2020 both indicated they were from Social Security and the my # had been fraudulently used and has been suspended. I just hung up and did not press the numbers requested to speak to someone. Blocked both numbers but I am sure they will call again.

I have been getting today at least 5 times today these robo calls that tell me there from Social security number is being used for fraudulent purposes from all different numbers.

They are saying the are agents from social security.

850-687-4189
215-770-8859
850-688-6262
I know these are scams but what can be done

2 calls in the last few days.

Beware...fake scammers call from this number +1 518-282-7581 or another (518) New York area code

I received a call an hour ago saying due to fraud activity with my SS# and a warrant was issued for my arrest. I was told to press one to talk with a rep and to provide the last 4 of my social security number. I hung up. A couple days ago my husband had a voice mail from "Amazon" saying over 600 dollars were charged to our account and to please call to confirm the purchase. After talking with Amazon I laughed at that one. Amazon has my number as a contact number not my husbands. I did set it up with the real Amazon that if any purchases are made on my account i will be notified

I keep getting fake calls telling me my ss is suspended and by ignoring it will end up in a warrant why does this keep happening

I received a call stating there is fraud on my SSN and I need to call right away. The number was 254-256-2030.
People have nothing better to do than to scam others!

I got a call from 1 253 319 1734 asking me to call back about my social security . If i did not call back I would be put in jail.
I called the number back. The person identified themselves as an office with social security. I told them I was going to report their fraudulent activities and he hung up.

I just got a call from social security on my cell phone didn't call them back their phone number 1-762-888-3358

I have rec'd 12 phone calls in one day (ALL from different phone numbers). Some I answer & say told call me again (they hang up) - Some i will call the # back & it will be someone that said they didn't call me.
SS Office WILL NEVER CONTACT YOU BY PHONE !!!
I have no silenced #s that are unknown and they have started calling today again. SO frustrating..

Two calls from "Officer Amanda Barnes" this morning. Very specific as to location of the "theft of my Social Security number." Don't press anything. Don't respond. Report locally to media and local government so they can decide if a SCAM alert should be publicized - again. (This occurred on a land line).

I found the number of one of the robocallers 646-942-3931

just got a call from them stating my social is suspended and a warrant out for my arrest for fraudulent activity. I was like oh ok, well where can i look this up? and he said, give me your name. I was like no, where can i look this up myself then? if a warrant is out for my arrest, wouldnt they come to my last known address? but anyway, after asking where can i look this up, he hung up on me.

texas phone number 972- 610-3889 was the number he called from.

Thanks I was worried

I received a call from this number 330-542-4303 saying that he is from the social security. He left this message: I repeat 330-542-4303. Call us back if there's a legal case been filed on your name dot. Kindly call us back so that we can discuss about your legal case and take care of this matter. If we don't hear from you then there might be a warrant against you and you might get arrested..

How about this number, is it legit? There seems to be a lot of confusion about this number I received a call from. You should address this number here on your site:
469-656-6039

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