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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

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February 11, 2021
i got a call from 8174549600 regarding ssn used inapproprriately. is it real or scam?
February 12, 2021
1 (619) 404 7176 El Cahon, California Called me and left a voicemail telling me my social would be suspended and to press one to be connected to the concerned apartment.
February 12, 2021
Just received a phone call from 209-222-4114. They told my SS# was going to be deleted if I didn't take action now. The person asked for my name, my DOB and my SS#. I asked why they needed these, he said so I can look you up. I said, you called me, if this was legit then you should have all that information. He said he had to confirm my identity. I told him I wasn't going to give my info, and that this is a scam and I was going to report him. He hung up
February 12, 2021
I just received a call that sounded exactly like this but it indicated coming from an area code in my city of Charlotte, NC. The instructions were "if you want to hear more press" a number on the phone, which I didn't do. I Immediately looked for this blog. Thank you for providing the detail about - it helped me feel more secure, as this kind of scam is very unsettling.
February 12, 2021
I got a call today, claiming criminal activity had been id'ed against my SS #. He asked me to verify the last 4 numbers of my ss#, i refused and hung up. This call was frightening.
February 15, 2021
I got a call today under the number 619-72-7623. this is in regards to my social security. First off if there's an issue with my social security, SSA is not going to call, they send letter. don't bother answering or returning the calls of these scammers.
February 16, 2021
(514) 978-3925 This number is a scam
February 16, 2021
Feb. 21,2021 received a call from 661-591-4427 stating someone had used my SS fraudulently. I hung up
Scam Alert
February 16, 2021
Received a call from 734-680-1169 saying it was the SS admin and suspicious activity on the SS. SCAM!
Lalle T
February 16, 2021
I have received it from 786-359-0899 Wow! Why didn’t catch their.
February 17, 2021
scam is still going as I received a call just now (9:41am PST 2/17/21). The call back numbers are no doubt bogug, but this was from 408-481-7675.
February 17, 2021
I was just called from (707) 628-6513, and it was a Soc Sec scam...I really wonder how people can be so deplorable that they think it’s okay to scam...
February 17, 2021
910 563 9680 just did this to me.
February 17, 2021
I got this message ...” By the federal crime investigation department we need to talk to you as soon as possible again this call is from Social Security administration and to reach our department press one call on same number I repeat press one now....” It is from +1 (385) 398-4779. Salt Lake City!
February 18, 2021
Got this voicemail today: “We don't hear from you then we will be forced to take legal action against you kindly press one or call us back at 562-661-8271…”
February 19, 2021
I received a call today from a number 866-316-4640 they told me that they were sending documentation to my house had a lot of personal information
Tired of scam calls
February 19, 2021
Just got a call from 941-404-7787 stating the same recording.
February 19, 2021
have 15 pages of these calls about social security, automobile insurance, Medicare , also they say I have won thousands of dollars.The calls come in on my house phone and my cellphone. I am thinking about getting a whistle. When I know it is them I will blow the whistle through the phone in their ear.
February 19, 2021
I keep getting call that my social security number is suspended they already about 5 or 6 times by different phone number
February 19, 2021
I received a call from (901) 617-6654 from Covington, TN. I didn't pick it up but they left a voicemail claiming that they needed to "confirm my information", if not they would take legal action.
February 19, 2021
631-518-8198 Caller claims that your Social Security Number will be shut down due to fraudulent activity in 24 hours if you don't return the call.
February 20, 2021
I just received a scam call with almost the same messages as above. It was from 915-800-8705 and know it is at Puerto Rico. As I know it is not the way SS act, I just hear the message and hang. I came to the computer to verify the number. Thanks we are informed how SS work.
February 22, 2021
just received voicemail from 614-513-5286 - message saying suspicious activity with my ssa & assets about to be siezed? to call agent. I did NOT call them back.
February 22, 2021
Got a voicemail said France. Left a message saying “The reason of this call is to inform you that a package has been seized which was on your name by US customs and border protection is due to some criminal activity to get more information about your case please reach your department number 202-657-6688 I repeat 202-657-6688 thank you…” The France number 33 6 17 65 77 74.
TPA fan
February 22, 2021
Received a local call 813-442-6656 SS Scam! "We are trying to reach you to let you know that your Social Security number is been used for some kind of fraudulent activities in the south border of Texas. So please in order go ahead get more information. To speak with officer, press one. I repeat, press one. Thank you and have a great day." I did nothing but blocked phone number.
February 23, 2021
I just received two calls in a row from phone number +1 754-764-4336
Central NJ
February 23, 2021
Got a call from the number : 1-908-370-2189 . I spoke to someone on that number and asked " Prove that you're from Social Security " , and the lady said " I don't have to prove anything ." , and then she immediately hung up . Hope this helps .
u must b joking...
February 23, 2021
Just got a robocall from 951-489-3327 saying this was the final attempt to notify me that my SSN was being suspended due to some alleged criminal activity. Gave a case number, saying to call back (didn't write down either case or phone #'s). Instead, called the number back, expecting the typical message that the number was no longer in service. Imagine my surprise when my call back was answered by a live person who identified himself an officer with the SSA. I had a hard time understanding because of the strong (Indian?) accent. He asked why I was calling, which I told him I was returning a call. He asked for a case number to which I responded that if he thought I would be giving him any PII (personal identifiable information) in response to an unsolicited call or without prior written notification, he was mistaken! I hung up and immediately filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
February 23, 2021
Is this number a scram 740 675 0113 they said that they can help me get ssdi
February 23, 2021
862-362-3236 social security scammers
Hate Scams
March 03, 2021

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862-362-3236 just called me three times in a row. Scam scam scam.
Pretty Girl 2007
February 24, 2021
+1 (346) 357-9185 I got a call from this number same type of call
February 24, 2021
This is the message I received. It was from a real person with a heavy accent. I did not bother to call back. “Hello this message is from the Department of social security administration and the reason you got this phone call from _⁠_⁠_ department is _⁠_ inform you there are some legal allegations _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ on your Social Security number for the fraudulent activities so once you receive this message kindly call us back as soon as possible before _⁠_⁠_⁠_ _⁠_⁠_⁠_⁠_ with the legal action on your name and on your social so you can reach us on our direct line number which is 817-288-7280 I repeat the number it's 817-288-7280…”
February 24, 2021
Called 2/22/21 5:57pm with the same recording. I hung up knowing right away what it was. Caller ID showed : “VROBEL JOE” 703-606-8219. I looked up the number and it appears to belong to a real person with that name ? I don’t know this person-I usually don’t answer numbers I don’t recognize. Appears they are spoofing/borrowing innocent people’s phone numbers without their knowledge. My number has the same prefix-for all I know they could have “borrowed” mine?
February 24, 2021
I got calls almost everyday from these scammers. 1 2147483647. Saying that a warrant was issued under my name. Press one to cancel the warrant. How can people scam people while we are in a pandemic. When millions can hardly pay for rent.
Don't use jals…
February 25, 2021
Receiving out standing phone calls from phone number 44-141-774-2647 stating my soc has been terminated & used illegally & warrant has been issued for my arrest .
had those ones…
February 25, 2021
they were spoofing hertz rent a car. " this call is from law enforcement agencies to suspend your social security number on an immediate basis. as we have received suspicious trails of information on your name the moment you call to better asset you with this issue now, if we dont hear a call from you, we will have to issue an arrest warrant under your name and get you arrested under your name and get you arrested. so yep back to us as soon as possible. thank you now, press one one to speak to our social security department officer. I repeat now, press one to speak to our social security department officer officer." at what point have you ll been successful at prosecuting these scammers or those whom commit fraud?
February 25, 2021
Scammers called me about a financial issue that's not even on my credit report. That happened 17 years ago.
February 26, 2021
I just received a call from Carpet Inn of Sarasota (941)923-2381. Except this was a women's automated voice.
February 26, 2021
Today I got call from number 973-783-8657 ID states Villagers Studio stating that "fraudulent activity has been detected with your social security number in Texas and this is 2nd attempt to reach you. We have suspended your SS number and if you want more information press 1".
February 26, 2021
I have just got a call stating my name and SSN had been used in the transferring money into Mexico with my name and multiple bank accounts. She was going to send an affidavit stating i was an innocent person in this but couldn't answer my questions. I hung up and number used was none working number 918-391-3712
Jean L
February 27, 2021
Received a call from 732-912-8301. Saying it was Social Security and an arrest warrant had been issued for me for a crime. I knew this was a scam. Also, just read in the Readers Digest about a ring of prisoners that were very successful in operating a scheme right from prison with cell phones that had been smuggled in.
March 01, 2021
I got a call today. Something to do with accounts and drugs in texas. 561 366-2285 spoof number
Don from the C…
March 01, 2021
Got a call today from a guy saying he represents SSA, and he wanted to know if I was still using my "old" SS red, white and blue card. He said it was no longer valid , and that I was to be issued a new gold colored card upon verification of my SS #. I told him to just send me the "new" card. If the number on it is wrong , I'll send it back. He hung up.
March 01, 2021
+1 (828) 266-5908 Just got call from this number, said Boone NC. Same robo voice message.
March 02, 2021
(914) 896-5353 This number is pretending to be social security
March 02, 2021
I recd a call from +1 (973) 377-3680 from ssa requesting my last four of my ssn. When I said I don’t give that information over the phone, they hung up
Florida Bob
March 02, 2021
These calls continue as to Soc Security. They spoofed a number that belonged to a legit business on the east coast. Same recording as many have been getting for years. I don't answer so they leave the recording.
March 02, 2021
215-650-1750 again calling n texting that this is the p means police voicemail 2 min long but not one word was spoken on voicemail scam
March 02, 2021
I have getting many calls from 1 305 595 1964 saying fraudulent activities with Ss number getting tired of all these fraudulent calls