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The Social Security Administration (SSA) scam is the number one scam reported to the FTC right now.

As soon as a caller threatens you, or demands you pay them with a gift card or by wiring money, it’s a scam. Even if the caller ID tells you otherwise.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration, hang up the phone 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.

Watch this video to see how scammers use threats and high-pressure tactics to try to con you. Learning about scams makes them much easier to avoid.  If you’ve received a call like this, tell your friends, family and neighbors about it. Tell them to hang up the phone and to report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

Social Security Administration Seal with Imposter Scam text

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These callers are getting slick they block their numbers , I have just had a scam call from "amazon" stating they are auto charging my credit cared 149dollars and press 1 for refund , Today poorly recorded message on my cell states fraud activity on Soc .Security and call them to stop further action. Hiya already listed this as scam,do they ever stop .

"Credit Services" has been calling our number for 14 years even tho we are on the Do not call registry and have also transferred to speak to live person multiple times to request we be taken off their call list. They have called multiple times weekly on a regular basis and originally for years it was multiple times daily. They change their number regularly to keep you from being able to block them and they also spoof their number to look like it's family cell numbers and local numbers. Their name has changed along the years but always able to identify it's the same company. Once the Robo call went into effect, I called and reported them. But the calls continue. I also called AT&T since the company was spoofing numbers. I'm assuming the laws aren't actually set up to really do anything to prevent this

This ph number is a missing phone number that calls me. I searchef the number and find it is a missing number which leads me to a scam number. I do not answer number i am unaware .

I am receiving calls from this (346)2374971. They said that my social will be suspended for suspicious activities. Call this number. I called, the person who answer even gave a batch #.

just received a call from 206-366-7862 asking for the last four of my ss number. I am so sick of these calls.Blocking the numbers don't help and if you don't answer they leave a message and continue to call from other numbers. I have received calls from Japan, New Mexico, New York, Texas, Zimbabwe , etc. I think it's ridiculous.

I received a voicemail to call this number and it is a scam. Says they are SS and then when you get on the phone, they ask you your ss no. but I told the person with an accent that this was fraud and they hung up on me.

Received call from 410-927-3848. Left message for us to call them immediately to reinstate SS payments because SSA terminated them. Beware. Don't call back, it's a fraud. Good to remind older parents about this fraud.

So , what I am doing now is to call the number I am getting the calls from-from my office instead of my cell or home number. And guess what , the call goes to a vip,vip,vip and I block the number from my phone.

Calls on my cell about the IRS now. Complete scam. Message says to call 877 968 3413 immediately regarding the IRS

WHAT is being done regarding all these SS, SSDI, Gov't, and IRS scam and SPAM calls!!??

You can block numbers all you want...my frustration is that scammers contiually spoof numbers. I've had the same scam come in on several different numbers. The carriers could do something about this, but that would hit them in the $$ pockets!

Today a call stating to avoid arrest by the "Feds" or the "Grand Jury," I need to call them back at 844-286-8160 immediately. Sounded like a synthetic voice, not a real person. They called twice within 30 minutes, using this number first, 332-219-7191. An obvious scam, robocall too.

Now the callers are getting more savvy and spoofing an actual local business name on the caller ID as well as the local number!
I had Lee Supply call me about my credit card of course, American health network selling car warranties, Executive Management, wanting my credit card numbers. Why can't this be stopped?? Are the scammers smarter than the phone companies??

I got a threatening call today from this number. Said he was officer somebody. Could not really understand because of his accent.
PSA: the Social Security Administration will always contact you in writing via the USPS. The only exception is if you call them and request a callback.
If anyone initiated a call to you claiming to be from the SSA demanding payment to avoid legal action, they are lying scammers! No exceptions!

I really think we need to start considering a closed loop system for cell phones. If the caller is not in your address book it does not make it through. This would cut the calls out period! However, it would also make it so you have to enter in someones phone number to do business with them. Could be more of a pain in the end.

Boy oh boy Programmer you've got that right. I try not to answer calls that don't show a name on the phone but I am hoping to hear from my son who maybe calling from other numbers. I like your idea about the callers not making it through if they are not on your phone book.

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