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We’ve seen a new twist on the Social Security Administration (SSA) scam recently. Check out this SSA imposter robocall, which says your benefits will end. (That’s not true, by the way.)
If you get a call like this, do not press 1. Instead, just hang up and remember:

  • Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended.
  • The real Social Security Administration will never call to threaten your benefits.
  • The real SSA will never tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on a gift card.

The Social Security Administration scam is the number one scam reported to the FTC right now. People filed nearly 73,000 reports about Social Security imposters in the first six months of 2019, with reported losses of $17 million. (You can explore the data about imposter scams and losses at ftc.gov/exploredata.)

So if you’re getting these calls, you’re not alone. Tell your friends and neighbors about this scam. Tell them to hang up the phone. And then to report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

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Yesterday and today I received such calls from these numbers 1-800-682-2626 1-800-690-3212 1-800-294-6995 1-800-954-3830

Ironically these scammer. Spoof the numbers of real s.s. offices around the states .. I gotten calls calls for mississippi Missouri etc

I have gotten a few of these calls saying that if I dont call them back they will put a warrant out for my arrest. I've sent messages to the social security administration about these calls and gave them the numbers. But still receiving calls. Saying the same thing.

I also was told in voicemail last week a warrant was out for my arrest for trying to hack into my social security account. I never called back. Today I answered phone as I was waiting for a call back from bank. A man was on phone stating too much activity on my SS account. He wanted my SSN to verify I'm the right person. I said the FTC & FBI are recording this conversation. He hung up right away. His call came from Asia. In fact it's on a list of numbers starting with 18004100000. Number I received was +18004106155.

I just received that call just seconds before I read this. The number it came from was 510-474-0423

I've received two of these calls.

I am getting 4-6 calls a day from multiple 800 numbers regarding an investigation against my SS. I have been blocking them but I am getting very tired of this. Is there ANY way to stop automated robots from calling?

I receive this call a lot and I hang up everytime. I am thankful that you are letting people know about this scam.

I got this call.the person did a lousy job of trying to convince me he was real.i hung up on him.told him nice try

Thanks for putting out this information. In the last week, I have received three of these calls. I did not press one. Is there anything that would have happened "automatically" if I had pressed 1?

How long will these scammers be allowed to go on? They need to be caught and jailed.

I have been getting these scam calls on Social Security. It is a recording first, then a thief comes on the line and wants your info. I tell them you are being recorded and reported and I hang up. "NEVER" give out any of your or your family's or friends information, "NEVER".THANK YOU FTC FOR ALL THAT YOU DO AND CONTINUE TO DO, FOR ALL OF US. GOD BLESS.

Yep, received three in the past few days. Jerks.

It might be useful to restate that SSA will NEVER call you unless an answer to your message. Otherwise ALL communications are by US Mail.

Pete Rushworth

Just received a call from phone number 1-206-273-9557 which does not list an individual or business in the reverse directory stating my SSA number was comprised and if I did not press 1, I would be arrested.

On Fri13 I got a call every 15 minutes. It was so annoying.

Thank you for sharing this! I was inundated with these calls for several weeks.

Don't answer unknown numbers, let it go to voicemail. They hangup. If you can block the number after you have written it down to report them. Most of the times they are robot calls, to you just need to block the number, even thought they will use a different number. Do not call registry does not seem to work except you can report to them. However, I just read where the "do not call registry" sells your number, so how can we stop this if this is true. I checked just yesterday and my cell and home phone number is still on their registry. It stays until you remove it.

"dear citizen"! The English and grammar is sooooo bad. I did get a call this morning and hung up.

I also got this call I just hung up. Thanks for the headsup

Received two calls, one when I was not home from 8006091042 saying SS compromised needed to call back. Which I did not.
Second call from 8008207182 which Caller ID identified as 800 Service said to press one or else warrant for my arrest. Do not respond and blocked the number, also reported it to FTC for both calls.

I received a call that someone is using your social security number and it will be locked, just press 1.I never answered the call but it was left on my message voice box.

I have got call like these, thanks FTC.for keeping me informed.

I received this type of call with area code 512. When the caller asked for my social security number, I said, if you represent SSA, you should know that. The caller hung up. In my case the caller mentioned I had been convicted of a crime and benefits would end immediately. I don't receive social security benefits, I work.

Thanks for the warning and tips, will pass it on. Good to see FTC is looking out for us. Sad, that so many are falling for this, when they could actually just make a call and find out the facts.

I have received these calls as well. If I don't pay $299.00 they will put a warrant out for my arrest and a deputy will come to my home or work. Please be careful!

We receive these calls all the time, and either don't answer phone, or answer and immediately hang up. sometimes five or six times a day.

Received call today 9/17/2019 from 619-369-0024 (Calif). VM was male voice saying "...enforcement action file on your social security number for fraudulent activities. [Call] federal database at 619-369-0024." I did not call but there it is, and it is not the first; just the first I've reported.

Received a similar call from 978-644-0090 today.

I already reported it.

I got this robocall every day for two weeks. It came from an 800 number. Each time the 800 number changed. I reported it every time to DoNotCall, and also blocked the number with my phone app.

Today I got this same voicemail from 1-800-538-4578 and 1-800-908-3865

Received a call from 510-474-0423 today saying they were blocking my account; that I should call that number immediately. I called and they wanted my social security number, which I refused to give. I asked If he would give me his s.s number and he said no. I told him it sounded like a hoax and he hung up.

The initiating numbers are probably spoofed: mine was from a private person's VoIP phone number in Salt Lake City, but it's the same recording. Hung up before it even finished. The problem with spoofing is that legitimate phone number holders get hassled -- they didn't initiate the call.

I have recieved 3 of these calls. Actually got a warm body on one of them! I told him that before I gave him any of my info, he had to tell me why SSA would be calling me instead of me calling them. He hung up. Haven't heard from him about a week.

I have to thank you all for working diligently and paying my Social Security on time. Is extremely important that I receive it on time to pay my bills on time so I thank you again for your professionalism. Good work

Not only have I received many of these calls but another twist is one that states there is a warrant out for my arrest due to fraudulent use of my SSN.

An Indian sounding man called me today while I was driving said he was officer so and do working on a criminal case against my social security number. I said I’m driving and can’t write anything down. Chats this about? He asked my name I told him. He asked my social security number I told him. Then he asked my birthday and I didn’t tell him and asked him to leave me a voicemail with his information.
THEN I realized omg!!!! I’m so gullible!
Now what?

One of the most important things you can do is to contact the credit bureaus and place a freeze. When a freeze is placed no new accounts can be opened in your name.

800 818 5057 Officer Ryan Smith (with a very foreign accent) asked my name and claimed my benefits were being suspended. Unfortunately when I pressed Officer Smith for information about his employer and how my name and number was discovered he hung up on me. Social Security Officers, please contact the 800 number and fully prosecute these scammers for trying to take advantage of our nations elderly!

I received three calls today (9/17) playing a recording that claimed my SSN had been suspended and that there was a warrant for my arrest. The numbers are:
254.324.0879
254.400.1364
254.028.7184

I was so lucky today that I got two identical calls telling me my SS number was in grave danger and was being discontinued as it was involved in fraudulent activities all over the United States. Also was given a number to call which I did not do.

Got a call from someone saying there is someone using my SSN for illegal purposes to call them back @ (253) 693-2685 (don't call this number i did not) I wanted to report it so if there is someone that can check this number and get the scammer's slammed into jail so that they wont get like some elderly would be great.

I have been getting these calls for several months now; every time I block the number there is always a different number that is used. Because I was informed about how Social Security does (and doesn't) contact you, I knew the calls were scams. As long as you hang up, you're okay; don't be afraid!

I received the same scam robocall from seven different numbers in the same day, reported all of them. They keep calling from different number each time.

The question is, what is being done to STOP this?

Just received 2 phone calls this week stating there is a warrant out for me
Phone number is : 254-693-2672 -Texas

I received a call from 888.508.2064 on September 17. It was the voicemail scam message stating my SS benefits will be cancelled permanently. Please do not answer or press any promptings.

I've received 3 calls from a "209" area code regarding my social security card being suspended . I did press "1" and questioned the operator about how my card was going to affected (knowing all along this was a scam). I was hung up on as soon as I called her out.

I have received two calls, it said from the Social Security adm. asking me to call them @ 701-765-8133! I did not call the number as I know S.S.I. will send a home mail to ones house!

i just got a call from 213 297 7380 saying my ss number was involved in a fraud action. i needed to call them back before action was taken.

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