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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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Scam
March 22, 2021
Just got a call from a guy named Terek Morgan today, Mar 22, 2021, he gave me his badge #GS24950. I am sure it's a fake name or a made up badge employee number. His number is 830-490-8482 is asking me the same questions above.
+1 (240) 332-4296
March 22, 2021
+1 (240) 332-4296 Fraudulent text asking me to clic a link
christine
March 22, 2021
Some one sended me a email saying that I owe them 1499.00 for a computer an I never order a computer. It was from Amazon it say.should I send consumer the picture of the email what they sended me they said my last 4 card number is xxxx .
DM73
March 22, 2021
Someone used my number as their caller ID and tried to do this scam to someone with a similar number as mine. The person ended up calling me back very hostile (understandably), but I explained I had not called nor had anything to do with the scam. After a lot of research there seems to be nothing I can do about my number being used. Am I at risk? Anyone have any advice on what to do (other than changing my number, which is out of the question right now). Thank you
Aym
March 23, 2021
Just got a SS scam call from this number 626-353-8619. Phishing info & SS number. Hang up and ignor!
Lynn
March 23, 2021
Just received a scammer call from Texas 832-782-7723. Terrible computer voice threatening legal action against me if I don't comply.
Dnieves
March 23, 2021
I got one today! These people are nuts!
NightWatch
March 23, 2021
I got 2 voice mails stating "For priority tp dial this number at the number is 347-343-5767. I repeat it is 347-343-5067. Kindly call us back so that we can discuss your case and take necessary action on this matter. if we don't hear from your, then we will be forced to take legal action against you, we would like to confirm some information with you before taking legal action. Thank you".
Bennett
March 24, 2021
My scam call stated this 99384 I repeat it is 716-559-9384 kindly call us back so that we can discuss your case and take necessary actions on this matter if we don't hear from you and then we will be forced to take legal action against you kindly he would like to confirm some information with you before taking legal action thank you…”
You1736
March 24, 2021
Just received this call. Beware this phone number: 646-629-6865
KenGrippyJr
March 24, 2021
+1 (408) 404-0615 Was the number they used
Diana
March 24, 2021
Received call today to dial number 1 because my SS will be suspended.
handzsup
March 25, 2021
I receive calls from these numbers several times weekly. I block the numbers, but they call back on a different number. I even received one of these calls on my desk phone at the office where I work, a guys voice with a light India accent. Out of curiosity I answered that one, and it was an obscene phone call. They do leave voice messages, I just erased two. Crazy scammers.
handzsup
March 25, 2021
I just received another call from 209-510-26759. " This is Officer Michael Brown of the Social Security Administration. Due to questionable activity on your Social Security Card..." This is a San Francisco Bay Area number. I just hang up and then block the number. They must be able to use a ton of numbers, 'cause they call and call.
Nichols
March 25, 2021
I received the tail end of a vc mail msg from a robo sounding female, stating if I do not call them back immediately, they will be forced to take legal action against me and my family... 2nd or 3rd X I've received this vc msg. I keep blocking and they pop up using another number, with same msg. I'm blocking this number now... However, Like a Bad Penny they'll keep popping up.
Melcat
March 25, 2021
206-599-7655 (Seattle) called, I pressed one and they guy was like hi how can I help you. And I'm like you tell me I was the one who got a call and told to press one. They wanted a verification of how I spell my name so I gave it. I waited a sec and then they very rudely said goodbye have a good day and hung up. I'm sure its because I've messed with them WAAY too much. If you think it's a scam just say you are not a resident in this country (*not the best excuse) but it will get them off your back.
PR
March 26, 2021
received a call from +1 (510) 438-0238 today.
jing F
March 26, 2021
I received a call from phone number 603-986-1787..it says if we don't hear from you then we'll be forced to take legal action against you..press 1 and then you will be connected to the concern department
Mish
March 29, 2021
Just received two of these calls threatening legal action if I don’t get back with them. Said they were from social security department. Calls were from 469 and 346 area codes, both in TX. Recording was a computerized woman’s voice.
Yulia
March 30, 2021

In reply to by Mish

Yes, same here - computerized woman voice, the phone number is from Ohio. To be honest, now with apps they can generate a phone numbers from anywhere they would like to, so it could be any phone number with any area code
Whensitgonnastop
March 29, 2021
Robo call-ss scam- today 3-29-21 from 302-897-3028-suspended ss#-please verify Ummm No
maxpower
March 30, 2021
Same as above. Robotic threat, pressed 1, connected to a woman in a loud call center. She pretended to be confused as to why I was calling, then suggested I give her personal information so she can look me up. Called ID was for "Jackson, Ashley" at (404) 667-6089
Not Fooled
March 30, 2021
I received a called from a foreiner voice from Social Security Adm stated that,"it's bavk so that we can discussed your caseand take necessary action on this matter if we don't hear from you then we will be forced to take legal action against you.kindlywe would like to comfirm some information with you before taking legal action thank you. I have this written message on my voicemail.
mn
March 30, 2021
got three calls today last from 2292702674, before that 42523644800 then 229 270 2863, and maybe 425 364 4984,
Melody
March 30, 2021
I received a call from this number 2535078808 stating that if I don’t call back, legal action will be taken against me. scam call.
Penny
March 30, 2021
The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. My name is Officer Steven. Why calling you from the Department of Social Security Administration? The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you about a legal enforcement action which has been filed on your name and social number for a criminal activities. So before we proceed with any legal proceedings and if you want more information about it, please press one. Thank you. The phone number is 216-421-1688
Anonymous
March 31, 2021
Received a SPAM call from 240-468-8095 saying my SSN has been compromised. Received from 240-468-8095. It will start with an automated message first asking you to dial one to connect to an agent. This person said he's calling from SSN office Baltimore. Beware!!
Ed
March 31, 2021
Just got a text asking me to call and discuss my eligibility for Medicare, which I already have. A young lady answered, not a recording, identified herself as Krista from Tiberon, and asked for my name etc plus my social. Tiberon is a video game. I told her to stop texting me, and stop calling. These jokers are relentless. How the heck are they getting the cell phone numbers of seniors?
ogonek22
March 31, 2021
Just received a call from 402-915-5122 that my phone blocked and sent to VM to which they have left me a message. I know it was recording since first part of the message was deleted but the rest says something about my SSN and the call is from Social Security office and it is in Nebraska and I need to call that number back. The voice was changed to a female.
RM525
April 01, 2021
I had a call today from 847-421-8505 claiming I had criminal activity on my social security. I was to press 1 for more info. I hun g up
Khardin
April 01, 2021
404-444-7107 keeps calling me and has the prerecorded message about my social. I pressed one and they hung up.
NeverCallbackS…
April 01, 2021
856-712-8332 Called and said they were social security and they detected fraud etc and to call them back to protect account etc.
Luz61059
April 01, 2021
i received a call from 727-434-3331 stating that my social security had fraud activity
Formerjournalist
April 01, 2021
I received a voice mail from 608-383-6570. Caller ID says Richland WA. So I called back on a different phone number and got a call center (you could hear a lot of operators in the background). It was an India accent. THe guy said he was from the Social Security Administration and they have filed a case with me. When I told him he wasn't with SS, he claimed he was and then hung up.
Svarjit singh
April 01, 2021
I got a call and was about my ssn being compromised. The best part is that I don’t even have ssn number because i am a international student! Lol. Definitely a scam if you get a call like this!
Cherokee
April 02, 2021
I'm constantly getting calls and lawsuits against me. It's getting really really bad. They talk about my social security something about the benefits being canceled and all kinds of things. It does get old after a while. Now they're on me about a lawsuit against me.
Scam Victim
April 02, 2021
I just received call from the officer Sampson giving me badge ID number 417J2977. He gave me a case number and said there was a warrant for my arrest with four federal agencies. Department of Treasury Financial crime and Bureau of Narcotics he also claim there were transactions of over $200,000 made from me to Columbia, South America.while he's on the phone with me, I Googled his badge number and the information came up that scammers are using that badge number to Swindle money from people I read it out loud to him and he hung up the phone before I can finish. This called came from phone number area code 909 946-5377. I called back that number and the person who answered with the same voice said he was an architect company and he didn't know what I was talking about.
Skyking
April 02, 2021
I just received a voicemail that said my social security number was on hold and if I did not call back this number , 281-409-3327 I would have an arrest warrant issued in my name, I did not call back
Important
April 02, 2021
Have received a call from social security scam (661)623-1174 and (661) 623-9933.
S. Langley
April 02, 2021
I just got a call supposedly about My social security number this scammer was calling from: 1-315-530-4485
Another Intern…
April 02, 2021
Same here, was told to call back to this number - 855 213 0659
Oldspye
April 05, 2021
+1 (478) 216-6427. I received a phone call from them saying they were going to take legal action and that they needed my social to see what the issue was. He said he was a social security officer. When I started questioning things- he hung up on me.
jroper
April 05, 2021
Received a call today from 206-790-9682. It says legal action filed on my SSN and gives a CP81754 # in the message. It is a robo voice on the message, not an actual person.
KST_21
April 06, 2021
Received a call on 04/06/21. "legal enforcement action executed under your SS number for suspicious and fraudulent activities... And we just suspended your SS number". Robotic voice. Called from a number belonging to an 80 year old woman.
Myesha316
April 06, 2021
I literally just got a vm message with my work email address about the same thing but for TX....local number 6785122230 was used of course its disconnected when you callback.
Annoyed
April 06, 2021
+1 (469) 839-6232 Social security scam, call based from Dallas Texas.
Latoya
April 06, 2021
I received to phone calls one from 408 871 7707 & another on from 415 399 9109. Both calls said that my SSN was in danger of being suspended push #1 to talk to a representative.
blake05
April 07, 2021
I received a call from (309)number saying there was an enforcement action against me. They used a number that was from my hometown area code. Weird. They also had my middle initial.
Ok
April 07, 2021
+1 (402) 741-0983 Fraudulent call about social security
still scammin…
April 07, 2021
They called me a while back and then it stopped now they are at it again.