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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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Don't use your…
April 07, 2021
Beware Scam caller from (601)724-9634 from Social Security Hang Up!
April 08, 2021
Got a phone call today saying I'm being investigated on drug trafficking and money lobstering and I have a warrant for my arrest. The call came from 14322780564
Don't use yoma…
April 09, 2021
I just a call from 404-594-6330 saying they were Social security and gave me a case number to resolve the matter.
April 09, 2021
Be aware of a 269-533-8196 number. Just got a voicemail not to long ago saying my SSN had been suspended due to “Suspicious Activity”. I blocked the number
April 09, 2021
+1448120427081. I just got a call today about fragil activity on my phone. It asked me to press 1 to speak with an officer otherwise I'd be charged with avoiding them.
April 09, 2021
Got a call today!
April 09, 2021
Yes, I just received a call from a local number, but the message said, "There has been suspicious activity on your SSN, please press 1. If you don't respond we will have to take further action!
April 09, 2021
Here's another scam #; 682-319-1964
Charles Jordan
April 12, 2021
Got call from +1 (559) 253-1975 saying my ss# was canceled push
April 12, 2021
(410) 343-6931 another scammer..when I told him he was doing was wrong he called me some nasty words haha
April 12, 2021
760 793 7284 was a scammer trying to threaten me with jail time and stopping my social security (which I don't receive). I told them that I wanted to be removed from their call list and then I will turn them over to the authorities.
April 12, 2021
I had calls like this earlier this year, 5 to be exact, then it stopped. I just got one. 570-460-0120.
April 13, 2021
got a calls from someone on 4/13 /2021 from 201 537-4682 number claiming to be from ss administration saying my benefits are suspended due to suspects activity's ,but i am not retired person yet and get no social security benefits yet
Mr. tom
April 14, 2021
1-410-449-5193 i got this number saying criminal activity has happens on my social in another state i stupidly gave them my social it really seemed real if someone sees this i could use advice if i should just ignore it
Lucie Vu
June 14, 2021

In reply to by Mr. tom

Same thing happened to me in May. I was going thru pregnancy anxiety so I was not thinking and got scam sending money to them using Bitcoin. I never heard of bitcoin and was not aware. I'm sure you can call your sheriff's department and Social security Administration to ask. I would just ignore it. If its true why would they ask for your social, shouldn't they already have it on file instead of asking you. Don't make the same mistakes like I did.
April 14, 2021
I have been getting these calls daily for about two weeks, it's showing 509 first
April 14, 2021
+1 (317) 452-9095 This number is saying that same thing and it’s from fishers Indiana
April 15, 2021
Just received a message saying exactly above and a warrant will be issued if not handled god already is scary even
April 16, 2021
please beware number from Poland. +48-885-221-043.ITS A scam.
No scam for me
April 20, 2021
Just got call claiming social security and dea Drug running and money laundering attached to my ssn. Same routine as everyone else Numbers on call I'd were bogus. 773 799 4385 and 915 302 9220
April 21, 2021
This # called me 917-387-3835 and they asked me that my name is being fraud and I need to take action now or I will get arrested “I know it was a scam “ But I don’t understand how these numbers get out there and the government doesn’t do anything about it and that action against them or even give them the right to keep calling ppl and going on for months now They should track these numbers and do something about it ASAP
April 21, 2021
+1 (469) 691-5798 I got a call saying the same thing I just hung up
April 21, 2021
Just got a call from 202-395-9820 and the incoming name was "DEFENSE INCOME" I hung up and reporting it here.
April 26, 2021
Don’t call them back because the number you see on your caller ID isn’t even the number they’re calling from. They are putting another number in the caller ID place. It could be the SSA’s number or some company’s or person’s. That phone number is another victim to their scam.
April 27, 2021
I just got a call stating the same thing. Looks like this scam is still active.
April 28, 2021
Transcript from voicemail this morning in a robotic female voice: “Our department is to inform you that there's a legal enforcement actions filed on your Social Security number for fraudulent activities so when you get this message kindly press one to speak with social security administration thank you…”
May 04, 2021
I got a scam call but it was a local number
May 05, 2021
I received a call from 910-509-1100 saying that my social security will be suspended. And also from 919-284-2738 Be very careful and block these numbers
May 05, 2021
Got a call today at 3:19 from 816 319 9552. Immediately called same number back (3:21) and got recording, "this number is no longer in service and will be recorded by Google for quality purposes".
May 05, 2021
478-200-9607 For scam of social security and spam
avenging angel
May 05, 2021
they called with a n carolina number 704 784 8804 the message usual one scammer used about my ss number being compromised and they claim to be from social security press 1 to connect to law enforcement . it robo call .i never pressed 1. fortunately i live in different time zone ss closed.
Don't use your…
May 11, 2021
Call stating hit #1 to speak with concerned federal agent or social to be suspended From 8649347111
Don't use your…
May 11, 2021
Same as previous comment another one. same day different local number 8749348757
Don't use your…
May 11, 2021
Sorry 864 not 874
May 11, 2021
This phone number keep calling and are trying to get info from me and they just keep calling and hang up. 1888 471 1191.
May 17, 2021
+718-930-5041 Got same message today
May 22, 2021
I just had a scam call from UC Health Memorial Surgical clinic (Colorado Springs, CO)... About social Security number suspended. I never stay on the phone long enough to hear the rest. I guess someone is tapping into their phone lines or something...
June 05, 2021
Just received a call from 908-777-7434 that stated "In legal enforcement action file by the US Department of Treasury on our social security number please press one to speak to a federal agent. This is the final attempt to reach you to resolve this issue immediately.
Another number
June 07, 2021
619-817–8139 Automated system told me my number was about to be suspended by the social security administration and to press 1 to speak to an agent. I pressed 1 to see and lady with thick accent said “hello how are you?” I asked who it was she repeated “this is the social security administration” and the line went dead and it disconnected.
June 07, 2021
512-716-5232 social security scam
June 07, 2021
“Security number 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“ This was a new one I never heard before. Didn’t fall for it and never called either number. The English of the robo call was so broken I could tell it was fake. 813-737-5401 813-605-8827 Both numbers left the exact same message all they are doing is clogging my inbox but that’s not my problem when they can no longer leave their messages.
Frank Lee Feustrated
June 09, 2021
I get calls similar to this swveral timea a week.
June 11, 2021
I received a call from a fake Social Security office saying that my Social Security number had been compromised. The phone number what is a clean Texas number +1 (254) 630-9951.
C Kelly
June 14, 2021
Just receive two calls - one from 416-999-8328, another from 416-999-5031 an hour apart something about "illegal and criminal activities" "time sensitive" "call us before your social and assets are suspened" "please press 1 now, please press 1."
June 14, 2021
I receive 3 or 4 of these phone calls every day....I am getting harassed by these types of phone calls 3 or 4 times a day every day...wish there was a way to just stop these calls.
June 14, 2021
They just called me from 916-284-5720
June 15, 2021
I have received two calls recently from this number with someone claiming to be an officer from the SS Admin. 307-466-0113. I give them a fake name and zip. They then tell me I am being called due to my SS# being suspended. It's ridiculous!
June 15, 2021
Interesting to see the comments on this site are all 2019. I have received many call over the past year 2020 and just received another today 2021. Unfortunately they are still trying to get my social Insurance number. I just stop the call by pressing the answer button then the OFF button without even letting it ring or let it go to the answering machine
June 15, 2021
Got this same spam message today from the same number (1-833-684-0624) as listed by FTC above from Dec 27, 2018. So what steps has FTC taken to shut this operation down?
June 16, 2021
I got a phone call from 423-693-6455. Saying the same thing.