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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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This is the call I received, and I am currently unsure why there is a spike in these type of calls. This is the transcript my my phone picked up, "for the administration legal department the reason of it's message is to inform you that antacid department is filing lawsuit against you in a rest more it has been released on your name due to legal important actions filed on your social security number for fraudulent activities to get more information about this case file from federal data base press one and speak to our agent now"

Very strange.

I got a call from someone saying he is from the social security investigations department based out of San Antonio, Tx. +1 713 732 5862

I got a call today from this number 1 - 203 - 592-2276 stating my SS Number was involved in suspicious activity in Texas and was about to be suspended.

Beware of this number:908-461-6328! The person who claims to be the investigator is impersenating the Inspector General,who happens to be Mr.Joseph Gangloff.

I GOT A FAKE CALL TODAY SAYING THEY WERE FROM SOC.SEC. THEY TOLD ME IF I DIDN'T RESPOND MY SOC. SEC. NUMBER WOULD BE SUSPENDED PERMANTLY

My boyfriend got a call today 06/9/21 from phone #262-267-6700, man on phone said his name was Benjamin Alfres and his ID was FSSA 20192, case # 7010, Warrant # 5537542. Was told his SS# was used to purchase a rental car down in South TX and not it was involved with illegal drugs etc... Scammer unfortunately got a good amout of identifiable info from my boyfriend. We hope nothing bad comes of this with any ID theft. Please people DONT FALL FOR THIS!!!!!

I got a call today from 801-781-5263 with the message about my SS number has been linked to fraudulent activity and to press 1 to speak to an officer. Hate these scammers.

+1 (210) 940-7002
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I RECEIVED A CALL JULY 20TH 2021 AT 12:51 PM FROM A NUMBER 254-720-0463 GORDON, TX AND WHEN I PICKED UP IT WAS AN AUTOMATED SYSTEM STATING THAT I MISSED THEIR CALL AND TO CALL THEM BACK AT THAT PHONE NUMBER. I CALLED BACK TO SEE WHO IT WAS. THEY STATED SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, I HUNG UP. PLEASE BE SAFE. SOCIAL SECURITY WOULD NEVER CALL YOUR PHONE THEY SEND LETTERS!

Got a robo call at work.....it stated they were calling from the Social Security Office and they were suspending my social security # and that I would be arrested. It said to stay on the line to speak to an officer. Which of course I did. The person didn't speak clear English and I just started raising my voice about they were calling a place of business, they are a scam, stop calling people and scamming them. They aren't the SSA and no one is going to be arrested. He kept talking and eventually hung up. This needs to STOP!

Oh and the # they were calling from was 602-314-6937. SSA will NEVER call you and state they are suspending your SS# and you cannot be arrested for using your own???

recieved a call yesterday from a robot that said there was an outstanding warrant out for my arrest through the social security admin. told me to wait on the line. went on to a lady who requested a case number. i said what the hell is this? she hungup
740-425-2385

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