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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

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