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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 3rd call today to my mobile phone. It is from 646-112-3444 and came at 2:26pm CDT. They tell me my Social Security number has been suspended due to suspicious activity...and to call#1 to hear about this case. I know this is a scam. What more can I do?

Got this call today. A recording said, "Your social security number has been suspended due to suspicious activity..." The number showed up as +1913575066405.

I just received a call from 1800 979 2295. I called the number back and beg her not arrest me but her tone got louder. She was trying to read some thing off the internet and most of the stuff she couldn't even pronounce correctly. Long story short she beg me not to call her back again.

This page 100% addressed my concerns, and pointed me to the FTC complaint page. Thank you.

Got robo call from 800-325-0778, didn’t pick up and they left a message saying they are from the legal department of social security administration, and that my social security number is suspended due to illegal activity, and to learn more about the case, press 1.. they called two times already leaving the same message.. Sounds like a scam??

I was called this morning from this number: 631-420-4500. It was this same robo-call stated in the article.

I have received 3 calls in 2 days from someone saying they are from the SSA. There were 2 different phone numbers, one from Farmington IL and 2 from Kentucky.

Rec'd. call from 214-433-8409 identifying themselves are someone from social security that had legal claims against me. Urged me to call their number back before they filed charges against me. I listened to complete message and then hung up and blocked the number.

I got a call today stating that my SS # is being used and suspicious activity and that they well have to issue me a new SS #. His name was Carl Cady number 650-499-3026 from Mountain View California. And a detective will come to my house tomorrow to get to the bottom of this. Needless to say I’m. Or opening my door for anyone. If need to I’ll got my pit bull to handle him or her. It scared me. I called SSA and they reassured me that they would never call and that a letter from them would be issued.

Received 2 calls today from the "United States". I didn't answer but they left the same voice mail for both called. It was a computer and told me that the SSA has generated a warrant for my arrest because of criminal activity regarding my ssn. Press a number to talk to a representative. The number they were calling from is 914-125-4001.

Received two calls today from 224-433-7909 claiming to be Social Security and call him back asap

So I just got a phone call today from a number 888-743-3755 they said they're call me from the Social Security office they said someone in Texas is using my social security number to commit money laundering and fraud he wanted me to verify my social security number when I told them that I didn't feel comfortable doing that and I would call my own Social Security office or go down my social security office he said that that wouldn't be very good idea because of somebody's commit a crime they can't help me and I swear I'll just go today and he hung up on me. So be aware that telephone number right there.

Starting at 12.32pm (PST) on Wednesday, 05/01/2019 I received a call every hour from a number that starts with: 888-815-00**
The last 2 digits change. The caller ID attached was either 'United States' with only one having a name attached from 888-815-0057 as 'Marshall E. Miller'

In order, I received this series of calls:

Thursday, May 2, 2019
888-815-0096 at 1.13pm - 'unknown'

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
888-815-0035 at 12.32pm - United States
888-815-0045 at 1.38pm - United States
888-815-0047 at 2.26pm - United States
888-815-0057 at 3.58pm - Marshall E. Miller
888-815-0061 at 5.15pm - United States

The exact wording of the pre-recorded message left by a robotic/AI voice:

"This call is from the Department of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your social security number because we found some suspicious activity - so if you want to know about this case just press 1 thank you"

I received a prepre-recorded message that stated that my social security number was being investigated by the social security administration and that a federal arrest warrant had been issued under my name but it didn't specify my name only stated that a federal arrest warrant had been issued under my name. The number that contacted me came up under my caller ID as being from Washington State. That number is 206-443-0752. Is this real? It asked me to press one to speak with someone and I hung up the phone immediately because I've seen the scan reports. Should I be concerned?

All times are Pacific Standard time:
Thursday, May 2, 2019
888-815-0096 at 1.13pm - 'unknown'
888-815-0103 at 3.05pm - United States

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
888-815-0035 at 12.32pm - United States
888-815-0045 at 1.38pm - United States
888-815-0047 at 2.26pm - United States
888-815-0057 at 3.58pm - Marshall E. Miller
888-815-0061 at 5.15pm - United States

Pre-recorded message:

"This call is from the Department of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your social security number because we found some suspicious activity - so if you want to know about this case just press 1 thank you"

888 310 6113
the social security call

that what they told me i told them off saying they are scamers and they hung up on me .

Caller displayed as 325-267-3450, and they answer when that number is dialed.

I have received multiple calls regarding my SSN was about to be suspended and used for a criminal action at first from Michigan (2 calls) and now from Ohio (7 calls) . I have blocked the number but still getting messages

I received a recent scam call also from 866-931-7075.

I’ve received calls twice within an hour.....
888-815-0335 and 888-815-0323...... same robo voice....

Was called and left on a voice mail from sic sec that there was frud report in my husband soc sec number and a warrant had been issued

These are the numbers that have been calling me 814-813-7683
936-666-4537 and 214-307-2364, I block them and they call from a different number. hey leave messages claiming to be SSA with the same story as everyone else. I used *69 and called them back and immediately realized its all fake. The person got nervous and they started giving me a fake SSA ID number before I just hung up.

Got a call/voicemail message from 518-288-5015 (Albany NY number) saying that my SSN has been suspended for suspicious activity. I already am subscribed to LifeLock, so this cannot be true.

I've received four calls today from 888-815-0512 and 888-815-0507 that are not being picked up as scam calls from my screening app. I'm not pressing one for more information.

I just received this call from a strange phone # 442405468840 which is too many digits but that's what shows on my phone. The usual line about fraudulent use of my SS#. Too bad people didn't work as hard at being honest as they are dishonest.

I received a call 1/2 hour ago that was prerecorded. It stated that my Social Security number was blocked and will create problems. The number called from was 800-125-6041. I hung up the phone. I called Social Security to report it, with number I found online. I called the number and was redirected to an 800-269-0271 to speak with S.S. rep. Waiting time was 60 minutes. Decided to have them call me back as that was an option. Must be busy as said call back would be in the next 120 minutes. Must be a lot of scams out there. I never share my info with anyone!

I've been receiving calls on my landline from 888-815-0525 saying my SSN# has been compromised. I never answer the call but they keep leaving voicemails. Today it started on my mobile number.

Have received 2 calls today from 202-361-0471 with similar stories....your SSN has been suspended for suspicious activity. SCAM!

Call from 518-288-5015 in Ballstone Spa, NY telling me that the SSA has suspended by SS number due to suspicious activity. <<insert eyeroll emojii here>>

Today I got call from 410-892-7621 saying with automated message that last week with your SSN some fraud transaction happened if you want to know the details please press 1.. but I didn't press 1 and my call disconnected.. Later with another number
410-889-2564 they called and I didn't answered that call.. Do I need to check anything with SSA customer care or shall I leave it like fraud call

I've received seven of these annoying calls today. I keep blocking the number(s). The area code is always 888 and the suffice is always 815. The last four numbers keep changing. I reported to the FTC the first call this a.m. How do I stop this nonsense? I wish I knew how they got my number!

2 calls today claiming to be SSA and that my number is being suspended due to suspicious activity and to press 1 for more information.

Today I received 5 voicemail from the following numbers saying that my that my social security number has been suspended. I believe this is a scam calls.
888-815-0676 @ 10:15 AM
888-815-0682 @ 11:33 AM
888-815-0693 @ 1:27 PM
888-815-0699 @ 2:09 PM
888-815-0701 @ 2:44 PM
What can you do to stop these kind of calls?

I am receiving a call and that’s wat they said. Immediate basis as we have received suspicious trails of information in your name and Social Security number the moment you receive this message I need you to get back to me on my department division number that is 855-867-7546 I repeat 855-867-7546 now if I don't hear a call from you we will have to issue an arrest warrant under your name and get you arrested so get back to me as soon as possible thank you…”

I got the same message today but it was from a 855-494-7789 number

New number with voice mail from 1-888-815-0765

I get calls from this 470.251.0406 and similar numbers every afternoon lately. It's a recording. The female voice says it's from social security. And they hang up on me.

Received a call from SSA about my ss# about to be suspended. 575-073-4512

Received 8 calls/voicemails yesterday and one today with all phone numbers starting (888) 815- with a different series of 4 numbers. Voice is a robo voice, not actual person.

I just got a call saying my SS# has been frozen due to...(and I immediately hung up)! The number was from (877)896-7670

I just received a call stating SSA from (832) 479-7800 Pinehurst, TX.

Call from 208 410 6213, left a message, states that a legal enforcement action has been filed against a social security number. No one was identified. Don't know what Social security is suppose to have legal actions against it and it sounds like a robo recording but number comes up from Twin Falls. I did not respond.

Just received a call from 877-034-3213. They said they were from the Social Security Administration and my SS# had been blocked and I needed to give them information to get it unblocked

Got a call from 888-815-0902. Left a message that my SS# had been suspended because of suspicious activity.

Today 5/13/2019 I received a call from 940 905 9364 with Indian accent,beware they want your social security number.

Today I got a phone call from a fake SSA. The phone number is 587-458-7854

I just got a call from someone saying they was from SSA the number is 214-433-8514 I told them stop calling me

5/13/2019 Received call FROM 941-727-3969
saying my SSN SUSPENDED DUE TO SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY...

THIS IS BOGUS, SS admin NEVER SUSPENDS a SSN UNLES there is an open investigation via POLICE/FBI /IMMIGRATION WHO WOULD OF ALREADY CONTACTED AND INVESTIGATED YOU.

Never respond to any ph call inquiry of your SSN OR IRS dealings the real entities will contact you via mail first!

Received scam phone, which wanted me to call (812) 813-4364 to find out additional information. Here is what the message says:
From the Department of Social Security Administration the reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you this call is from the Department of Social Security Administration the reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you.

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