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Earlier this month, we told you about a growing scam: people pretend to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. That scam is now growing exponentially. To compare: in 2017, we heard from 3,200 people about SSA imposter scams, and those people reported losing nearly $210,000. So far THIS year: more than 35,000 people have reported the scam, and they tell us they’ve lost $10 million.

Here’s what one of those scam calls sound like:

Scammers are saying 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’ll say your bank account is about to be seized – but he’ll tell you what to do to keep it safe. (Often, that involves putting your money on gift cards and giving him the codes – which, of course, means that your money is gone.)

Oh, and your caller ID often shows the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) when these scammers call – but they’re faking that number. It’s not the real SSA calling.

Here's what to know:

  • Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended. You don’t have to verify your number to anyone who calls out of the blue. And your bank accounts are not about to be seized.
  • SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer. Every time.
  • The real SSA number is 1-800-772-1213, but scammers are putting that number in the caller ID. If you’re worried about what the caller says, hang up and call 1-800-772-1213 to speak to the real SSA. Even if the wait time is long, confirm with the real SSA before responding to one of these calls.
  • Never give any part of your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Or your bank account or credit card number.

If you get one of these calls, tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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MMM
September 12, 2019
I have received 2 phone calls in the last week regarding the Social Security Scam. Here are the two numbers so please be aware: 1-800-565-1930 1-844-230-1089
Anna
September 12, 2019
I have just received a call from this number. I knew right away it was scam. I pressed one and a person answered. I asked the guy his name and he paused a bit and then said Anthony. From Maryland. With an extremely thick accent. :)))) Blocked the caller
RanWiz
September 12, 2019
Another scam number: 800-802-9782
Melly
September 12, 2019
I just received this message from 1 800 816 2954.
Peepers123
September 12, 2019
Phone 1-833-831-8191 - Got a voicemail that indicates "our department is to inform you that there's a law enforcement complaint filed on your SSN for fraudulent activity so before this matter goes to the state and before you get arrested (this is when I knew it was a total scam) but if you need any information or have any questions - kindly call us back. " I called (because I was furious - not a good idea - and asked them what this is all about - they hung up on me.
Dmitry
September 12, 2019
1-248-519-4563 Social Security scam number.
SCristna
September 12, 2019
They called several times, this scammers organization is using different numbers and voices , please put attention and reject the call and block the number. Do not follow any of the instructions. Ignore whatever it says.
Dev
September 12, 2019
Scam SSN called received today 800-955-1289
Fairfield
September 12, 2019
I just want know if this NUMBER was a scam (855)397-5143 because i gave my last name and i hung up the call and didn't answer his question...
Melissa R
September 12, 2019
They call from 1-800-796-0018 say they are from the social security administration and my number is going to be suspended due to fraudulent activity.
Don't use your…
September 12, 2019
I received a call they left a message stating my SS# was suspended. I do not answer calls that are not in my contacts. Generally if I receive a call not on my contacts list I don't answer, if they are legit they'll leave a message BUT sometimes scammers will leave a message, I'll listen to message but NEVER will I call back. I'll also add that number to my "blocked list" so they can't call back. It's really a shame our Government isn't more concerned with these scam calls but as another post stated it's a very difficult issue. Get this, I receive as many scam phone calls as legit calls, it's that bad.
Someone called me
September 12, 2019
This number 1-313-666-4004 called my cell phone and left a message (as I don't answer any calls that I don't know) and stated that my Social Security card was involved in a crime and that I needed to call them right away or legal action was going to be taken against me???? I googled this number above and it was from a foreign land and not operable here in the US. Please don't call this number back...it is a scam....
marvinlzinn1
September 15, 2019

In reply to by Someone called me

Yes, same as mine probably the same day. What I really want is an extra telephone feature to just push a button that will explode the phone that calls me.
spamreporter
September 12, 2019
received two calls today - left message that my ssn had been suspended. Same message from both numbers - 2 hours apart. 866-371-3007 866-372-8373
BrandonC
September 12, 2019
Just got this call from (254) 593-3316‬. Deplorable.
Concerned Citizen
September 12, 2019
Just got an automated call from 833-833-4902 stating to have myself or my criminal attorney call them back before it gets sent to the state courthouse or before I get arrested.
MT
September 12, 2019
they are at it again, my phone has blown up today. Using 1.908.360.2702, 1.906.829.0225. I used my google assistance to screen the call, and it was an automated ROBO call, back to back. I push to spam and blocked it
LuvAO30
September 12, 2019
I just got a call like that. It sounded like a robot talking. The number they called from was 1-800-383-2045
Tashapooh
September 12, 2019
just got call from 832 739 9091 saying i have a case against me.
Madanna85
September 12, 2019
I just receive the same call from (854) 227-6091 from ohio a roboymt told me that my License with my SS will be suspended!! I block the number
Andi W
September 12, 2019
Received two calls within about two hours: 816-910-0880 816-450-1231 wanting to connect me with police regarding fraudulent activity on my social in the southern Texas area. This area code is Kansas City. Interesting. Get a job, people!
Mama189
September 12, 2019
Called using 1-800-010-2660 6:13pm 9/12/19 and 1-800-894-7299 3:22pm 9/12/19 left recording they where SSA office and asking how they could help me today.
American
September 12, 2019
2549727825, calling everyday and I let it go into voice. its the treat message of getting arrested if i did not call back. This was female voice but the message is the same. Do not fall for this...go to SS office and check if you have concerns but do not give any info.
Concerned partisan
September 12, 2019
1 888 568-9493 another number
lrios
September 12, 2019
I just received a call from 1800-648-2605
Psuke
September 12, 2019
I was called 3 times in a row from this number. +1 956-620-2231
Shenanigans
September 13, 2019
Hello, I just wanted to add three more numbers with same kind of voice mail to help; 1-644-419-4428 1-644-430-9725 1-644-440-3906 and plus a call from an "Unknown" number! They usually call after 9:30 am. The first call from the first number above was @ 9:55 am The second call from the second number above was @ 9:49 am (Next morning) The third call from the third number above was @ 10:29 am The fourth call from the "Unknown" number was @ 10:58 am I blocked all these numbers. Be safe..
Hup@gmail.com
September 13, 2019
Call from this number is a scam ‭+1 (614) 345-8635‬
CM
September 13, 2019
There is a robotic woman voice message twice and one man voice on my answering machine saying that my Social Security number is about to be suspended because of suspicious activitiy and simular cases are being investicated by the FBI and they have been trying to reach me and if I don't call these #'s 936-340-2598,#810-957-1703.I will be consider a criminal for not responding.
Daisymay
September 13, 2019
We’ve been getting these calls caller Id shows toll free, one even came up Waco Tx, I forgot to write down the numbers. But they called 5 times in less than 30 minutes , caller Id listed Waco Tx, toll free caller, or Washington DC, message always started the same
Phoenix, AZ
September 13, 2019
I received 2 calls yesterday (602-501-9762 and 602-501-7237). One I answered and the robocop gave an Officer's name (I can't remember now what it was). The second left a voicemail. Both messages stated my SSN has been used for some fraudulent activities in the south border of Texas and to press 1 to speak with an officer. I didn't.
Jaime L.
September 13, 2019
Well I have been called from week by a female recorded voice indicating that they detected that some other person is using my SS and they need to confirmed that I'm the real owner of that #. That I have to press # 1 to be transfer to a SS officer. If I don't do that my SS will be block or even cancelled. This are the number that they are using; all off them are 1-800 numbers: 760-2419/323-0603/453-1669/917-6565/774-7029/034-5635/321-4379/900-1328/157-3804/608-0134/710-6273/256-1946/625-1195/843-9697/954-1798/639-5434/173-0254/754-5368/496-8905/025-7587/680-3732/027-0749/684-2073/416-6326/485-0255/580-7557/739-1097/277-1776/937-7515/755-5550. They are really persistent 30 different phone numbers, Be carefull. James.
NR
September 13, 2019
I have been receiving this calls. Caller leaves a voice message about social security compromised.
Amariana5
September 13, 2019
The number that called me was ‭(800) 493-2078‬ they said actions have been filed against my social security number!
Lynetta
September 13, 2019
I received a voicemail stating that I could no longer use my SSN, and to call them back.
Don't use yDar…
September 13, 2019
2019 09 13 just got same scammer call
JazzyLady.jb
September 13, 2019
Marie Gomez from the Social Security Administration (automated) caller id said Tennessee, just called at 12:05 pm EST on my cell number. I am to call the following number immediately- 956-620-2231 - because my Social Security number has been suspended "for some reason". I won't be calling back.
Mom in Texas
September 13, 2019
They think they can fool you by changing the number they call from, but it's the same msg basically: Fraud detected on your SSN; call immediately to avoid arrest, etc. I love calling them back and acting stupid, and of course I never reveal personal info like my real name, and SSN; love stringing them along! LOL Here's the number they called from today: 833 857 0176
CS
September 13, 2019
just got a call from 9182034941 about my ss# and if I don't call them back they are going to arrest me for fraud.
Progmetalfan
September 13, 2019
The number, 281 840 7819, which claims same nonsense about ssn just called me. Instantly blocked.
Tjeand
September 13, 2019
Just got this call and I let it go to vm. Here’s the message. “So before we go ahead and legally blocking your Social Security number so kindly press one to connect to our _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ us back on our number that is 854-227-6104 I repeat is 854-227-6104 sorry you did not press one yet kindly please press one to contact our officer thank you and have a blessed day…” So I called the number and a person with a very thick Indian accent answered. I told him I was returning the call and demanded to know if he was the SSA or connected to the federal government. He refused to answer. So I let him know that I’m reporting him.
Mike
September 13, 2019
I just received a recorded call from 1 800 354 1590 telling me my ssn has been suspended just like the massage in this article. This is sad that people won’t get a real job and just try and scam people.
Chandracole
September 13, 2019
I received a call on 9/5/19 and it advised me to call 800-028-1228 because my SS# was suspended due to suspicious activity. I think it was blocked by my cellphone provider but they left a voicemail
mahade
September 13, 2019
a robot voice told me that my SSN has been suspended
Affordable
September 13, 2019
At our business continue to obtain calls from 510-319-9897. The public is hopefully getting smart enough to avoid playing into their games and fraud. The call can be scary if you don't understand how the government works. They don't call you!!!
Fraud Call
September 13, 2019
I received a fraudulent call from 8065890071 today. People of Indian descent claimed that that were the SSA and that my social (which they didn't know) is associated with drug activity. Their allegations were hilarious. I want everyone to know that this number is associated with fraud.
viced
September 13, 2019
I just receive a call with the same recording from 1800 154 2549
cynina
September 13, 2019
Just received a call from 855-200-3516, they answer the phone stating garnishment department. Then they ask if I received a warrant for my arrest. I just hung up the phone, because I been reading about all the scams going out. Just wanted to give this number out as well.
Kira
September 13, 2019
my grandmother got a call from 183-323-5382 saying someone was using her social number illegally and to press 1 to find out more. Thankfully!! she hung up and rang social security herself to find out what was going on.
OG
September 13, 2019
Got a voice mail from 410-346-1222 (4103461222) telling my SSN is involved in criminal activity