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The FTC is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get your Social Security number and even your money. In one version of the scam, the caller says your Social Security number has been linked to a crime (often, he says it happened in Texas) involving drugs or sending money out of the country illegally. He then says your Social is blocked – but he might ask you for a fee to reactivate it, or to get a new number. And he will ask you to confirm your Social Security number.

In other variations, he says that somebody used your Social Security number to apply for credit cards, and you could lose your benefits. Or he might warn you that your bank account is about to be seized, that you need to withdraw your money, and that he’ll tell you how to keep it safe.

But all of these are scams. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The SSA will never (ever) call and ask for your Social Security number. It won’t ask you to pay anything. And it won’t call to threaten your benefits.
  • Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling. Computers make it easy to show any number on caller ID. You can’t trust what you see there.
  • Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Don’t confirm the last 4 digits. And don’t give a bank account or credit card number – ever – to anybody who contacts you asking for it.
  • Remember that anyone who tells you to wire money, pay with a gift card, or send cash is a scammer. Always. No matter who they say they are.

If you’re worried about a call from someone who claims to be from the Social Security Administration, get off the phone. Then call the real SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). If you’ve spotted a scam, then tell the FTC at

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July 31, 2019

In reply to by John S

This is not true. Medical providers do not need your social security number to bill insurance. They will tell you they do but most insurance companies do not use your social as their id. They only need the info on your insurance card. I refuse to give out my social when they ask. I have to be firm but when I don’t provide it ,they don’t push. Guard your personal info!
March 18, 2020
A mi me llamaron haciéndose pasar por social security departamento me dijieron mi nombre y los últimos 4 números de mi seguro social y los confirmé yo no sabía
December 12, 2018
I got a call with that exact scam. The perpetrators impersonate federal officers and have the audacity to ask you if you are going to cooperate with their investigation or they should proceed charging you of all kinds of crimes. They even offer names and badge numbers, which of course cannot be verified.
Laurie Vancil
December 12, 2018
I have gotten at least three calls per day all month. So far. I just pick it up, look at the usual "SSI" showing who the caller is, and set it down and they hang up pretty quick. Why would I want to talk to anyone from Social Security anyway!?!
March 18, 2020
Saludos: Para alertarlos. Recibi llamada hoy de los siguientes numeros de telefono: 1-855-211-2034 y 1-762-583-9244 donde me indica un mensaje pregrabado que mi hay un caso criminal contra mi numero de seguro social y me dan un numero de telefono al que llamar. Mucho cuidado.
retired LEO Gr…
December 12, 2018
Federal Government will never call you on the phone. I like the IRS calling. I tell them I’m retired IRS agent and ask where they are. Maybe we know some of the same people. They always hang up for some reason.
Guiselle s
May 11, 2020
Auxilio me llaman muchos de dicen que son del social security son demasiados los numeros
December 12, 2018
I informed the Residents of our Retirement Community a Long time ago, that the Government Will NOT make Initial Contact with them By phone, Only by Postal Service.. They may themselves, set up any future Phone Contact, if Offered...
December 12, 2018
Caller ID shows 1-800-772-1213... And the pre-recorded message says that my SS is going to be suspended due to suspicious activity and to call 920-268-4462. 3 calls received today already
May 24, 2020
Una vez me hablo una persona asiática (mujer) y me pidió que le confirmara mi seguro social y se lo di. Tengo miedo. Como puedo investigar si me seguro social está en orden? AYUDAAA!
May 28, 2020
Yo también recibí una llamada, y por lo nervios tan grande que tenía termine dando los últimos cuatros dígitos de mi seguro social y mi nueva dirección de casa, mi pregunta si me pasaría algo por proveer estas info? Estoy muy asustada
December 12, 2018
Use caller ID. Don't answer a number that you don't recognize. If it's legit, they will leave a message. If they do leave a message, do a google search on numbers before even calling them back. I don't take the time to even talk to them. If the message is garbled, I delete it.
April 26, 2019

In reply to by GeoCal

Ive recieved a few messages from a private number stating warrants have been issued and a lawsuit has been filed for fraud . im disabled from a work related injury. Its a computer generated voice. Wondering of it is a scam . Ive missed each call, on the message it offers option to talk to agent
Don't use your…
May 01, 2019

In reply to by Jimconjr

Yes, it's an old and pretty common scam. Ignore it. If you were to be sued, you would be notified by registered mail, not the telephone.
January 29, 2021

In reply to by Jimconjr

+12157708812 I got a call just now with this number saying the same thing that I got a warrant for fraud...... I hung up because I remember y'all posting on this b4.
Eufrasia Fournier
June 02, 2020
Me llamaron de este número 3614590258 Diciendo que eran del SS. Que yo había rentado un auto en Texas y que no lo había entregado Cuando le dije que nunca había estado en Texas y que no tengo licencia de conducir cambiaron a la versión de que tengo varias cuenta de banco
Very annoyed.
December 12, 2018
Got a phone call today and yesterday and the day before telling me my ss# had been used for fraudulent activity and if I didn't verify my ss# with them they would go ahead and send the case in for prosecution. Laughed and told them to go ahead and told them I knew they were bogus. Called me a not very nice name. So tired of these calls.
Annoyed with F…
April 03, 2019

In reply to by Very annoyed.

I have received 2 calls in the Last Hour on Fraudulent Activities and use of my SS# and there are filing a care with the Court against me. And I need to Talk to them Now..... These People need to be dealt with severely. And not just a slap on the hand. Something Permanent....
June 04, 2020
Acabo de recibir llamada de Texas diciendo que son del seguro social, el numero fue 903-4219364, se que ellos no llaman pero quede con duda, donde podria llamar para reportar este número? Gracias¡¡
December 12, 2018
I tried to sign up online, was told I must contact Experian Credit Agency as they get their info form them! REALLY? you trust an agency that had no less then 40 errors on my report? An address two decades old and no work history since I was in my 30s!? That's frightening. * And I did get a call ( from SSA?) saying there was an error on my app so I had to call them.. How do I know that wasn't fraudulent?
December 16, 2018

In reply to by TruBlu

Go into the SSA office. They can create the online account for you . They’ll give you an activation code to set up your username and password at home.
June 15, 2020
Me están llamando de este número que hice algo ilegal con el seguro social el número es 1 909 575 0747
December 12, 2018
Rcvd a VM from 903-767-4666 with the SS scam on my home #. Not calling back, hope they are caught.
It's a scam
December 12, 2018
Scam call from 847-737-7751 today. Recorded message telling me that my SS# had been suspended due to suspected illegal activity and that my assets were in jeopardy. Gave me a number to call back. DON'T DO IT!
June 19, 2020
Recibi dos llamadas hace unos 15 minutos atras, desde 410-384-1204 que van a suspender o cancelar mi numero por movimientos sospechosos y fraude con mi numero. me dicen que tomaran consecuencias legales sino llamo al 443-384-1204 inmediatamente.
December 12, 2018
I received this scam call and inwas told my ssn is used somewhere in texas for illegal actions. Afterwards i kept receiving weird phone calls that i did not answer. The last phone call was from 118007721219. All the weird numbers i get start with 1180077
June 19, 2020
me llamaron de un 410-384-1204 que mi numero estaba utilizado para cosas sospechosas, que yo tenis que llamar al 443-384-1204 n 24 horas
March 20, 2019

In reply to by Coco

Today 3/20/2019 I got the scam call message on my cell phone saying something very broken up but I could make out ...before we take legal action...." So I call the number that showed on Caller ID I get a female says a fake name & badge number then tells me "Your SS number was used in a crime in Texas. We are going to suspend it." By now I have realized this is all a Total Scam-so I push back a little- I tell her it is a "California Social Security Number" so how could it possibly be used in Texas?" This seems to confuse her & she hangs up!
December 12, 2018
I received this call numerous times and just hung up. Now I'm getting calls saying that Microsoft is threatening to shut down my computer. All are robot calls...They're fake. I just hang up. The one from Microsoft also lists my name on caller ID! I don't call myself.
June 19, 2020
Me están llamando de este número que hice algo ilegal y que llame al 443-384-1204
June 30, 2020
me han llamado de este número 1 718 304 0521, no se si son del SS, por favor confirmar. Gracias
December 12, 2018
July 30, 2019

In reply to by BUSTER

My exact thoughts. We need to urge out government to focus on identity protection and security. Why is this so easy for people to get away with? I do not understand why we do not have groups or coalitions and committees to stand against fraud and identity theft.
July 10, 2020
18329822417 Me llamaron de éste número diciendo lo mismo.
December 12, 2018
I was called about three times within two or three months the caller claimed that my SSN was used in a crime in California and New York buying drugs. Next they called and stated that I would have to go to the SS office to get another SSN. Then I was threatened to contact them immediately that is something wrong with my SSN.
July 20, 2020
He estado recibiendo llamadas de un numero que al parecer es un particular no un institucional donde me dicen que mi numero de seguro social esta vinculado a actividades fraudulentas en realidad es una grabacion y enseguida me transfieren con alguien yo les cuelgo pero la verdad si te ponen en duda.
July 21, 2020
Yo también llevo días recibiendo llamadas donde me dicen que mi seguro social fue usado para algún delito. Pero no he contestado ningún número de esos. Solo dejo se vayan al buzón y luego escucho el mensaje. Mucho cuidado
December 12, 2018
I got a call about 2 months ago in the same manner. It was late Sunday evening and I saw the Medicaid number. Knew it was weird, so I let it go to answering service. They said they needed to speak with me immediately and said they'd call back with important information about my service being cancelled. Cancelled? they attempted to call but I would not answer and again, let it go to answer service. They never left a message on the second call. So the next day I called the Medicaid Office myself and played the message back to them so they could hear it. The Agent told me that I was onpoint in not answering and keeping the recording on. Without question a scammer and took down the information from the call, time and date. Never heard of any govt office open after 8pm and just goes to show they will try you if you let them. Ive learned to keep any calls and report it as soon as possible. Sad people will not get out and work like everybody else...
July 24, 2020
Hola, yo recibí una llamada de que mi social ha sido robado para comprar carros y que lo han usado para hacer cosas ilícitas como vender drogas y sacar casas a mi nombre. Que debo hacer como saben mi número de telefono.
December 12, 2018
Received that call with the phone ID of the SS # twice last week. When I heard "Texas" I did hang up. After the 2nd time I called SS to report it and to ask for an appointment to answer several questions. The nice lady gave me a phone appointment for 12/6/18 at 11 am. At 10:50 am that day I received a call with the ID "Private Number". Thinking that it would be a person I know who does that and I don't want to have contact with plus to keep the line open for the SS call, I didn't answer the phone. No message was left. 11:00 am another call "Private Number". Again I didn't answer and again there was no message left. No other call after that. Well, now I am wondering if SS calls back with a hidden ID. Does anyone know?
Maria lopez
July 24, 2020
Que hacer cuando di toda mi información, los cuatro dígitos, nombre, fecha de nacimiento, dirección etc. Estoy muy preocupada por lo que pueda pasar necesito ayuda!!!!
December 13, 2018
I have received 3 messages from this scam. I did not respond. I saw a report on the news where a woman did fall for it and lost a lot of money.
Oscar F
August 03, 2020
240-699-9791 ese numero me llamo y me dijo que me atenga alas consecuencias y que cometi un delito en texas, que puedo hacer ?
August 12, 2020
Me han estado llamando diciendo que van arrestarme en 36 horas no se ni por qué llevo 20 años aquí y solo e trabajado uds se comunican por teléfono o por cartas a la casa ?
August 13, 2020
Ami me llamaron hoy pero de dos números diferentes uno de florida1800 361 7900 con la vos de una mujer y en un mensaje de vos de hombre con este numero 850 601 9761 Madison Florida pero que mi número de as esta haciendo utilizado por otra persona en Texas
December 13, 2018
Received a call from 214-329-9124 out of Dallas, Texas. It states there are legal enforcement actions filed on my SS number for fraudulent activities. Total scam.
August 19, 2020
7025530349 blair tompkins estan llamando de este numero diciendo que son funcionarios social security. Por supuesto que es un fraude