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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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zenon
September 25, 2019
Please everyone, stand your ground and don't give up any of your information to these scammers. They are not good people and if you actually concerned about your Social Security number or identity theft please go on this website that was provided to me by the actual Social Security Administration: https://www.identitytheft.gov/ssa These scammers are getting slick and even using fake names and badge numbers. Do not trust them.
JC
September 25, 2019
They are still at it. Got another call today.
KFish
September 25, 2019
Add this # 1-866-308-3154 they've called both me and my husband....we told them to come and get us they got really irritated.
Bigstylez
September 25, 2019
Just recieved a message different from 19440483709 ssa scam
Ab
September 25, 2019
1-800-153-7775 called me with a SS scam.
butterfly 2019
September 25, 2019
844-797-0170 called stating similar recording but instead asked to press a number to hear more about issue and why it was being suspended. I did not press any number assuming it was a scam, please be careful and do not listen to recording.
I do not trust
September 25, 2019
833-257-4710 left a message "saying your Social Security number is going to be suspended because of suspicious activity/fraudulent. I never answer a call if I do not know who is calling.
NJperson
September 25, 2019
I received a call today from number 201-328-9157 which said they were calling "To inform you there are legal enforcement actions filed on my social security number for fraudulent activities so when you get this message kindly call back before we begin on the legal proceedings at 201-328-9157, Thank you."
gunowner1956
September 25, 2019
They are busy in the last couple of days-
Leigh56
September 25, 2019
I just answered a recorded message claiming to be the Social Security Administration. My caller ID said it was 510-505-2310 -- Freemont, CA. I knew it was a scam, but I have come close to believing three other scams in the past. So I can't judge anyone who has fallen for them. Be sure and educate your family and friends.
sribopwerdna
September 25, 2019
Another SCAM call. I’m in big trouble with the IRS and Legal Action will commence if I don’t call (866) 409-4818 immediately. M’kay
Joe
September 25, 2019
I got a message from a 410 area code
Boinepak
September 25, 2019
Slightly different, I just received a call stating there is some suspicious activity on my SSN and need to call 646-419-4029 and if I don’t call back my account will be suspended.
Crystal
September 25, 2019
I just got the call from 1-800-419-6355
shelli
September 25, 2019
I just recieved this call a few minutes ago. Knew it didn't sound right and looked it up as soon as I got off.
KHOWARD92
September 25, 2019
got a voicemail today from 680-201-1637 saying they were SS
LadySpring
September 25, 2019
Calls coming from scammers at 410-213-3026 This is REDICULOUS. These scammers need to be Stopped They continuously change the numbers they call from. Even start cussing when you flat out tell them that you know they are scammers
BE AWARE!!!
September 25, 2019
Scammers number: (800) 677 6479
Pepino Abundan…
September 25, 2019
Somebody leave a voice mail today saying this : “And there is an arrest warrant being issued under your name to talk to an officer press one I repeat to know more about the case press one…” Watch out everybody . +1 800 626 12 48
Sunny
September 25, 2019
There is exact same scam with different number here. I just got this phone call today. 1 800 450 4113 just deny the phone call right away.
Nope222
September 26, 2019
2 calls today left voicemails, social security fraud. ‭+1 (866) 987-1730‬ And ‭+1 (860) 751-0974‬
Michael Willis
September 26, 2019
I received this voicemail from 888-543-2933 on September 8, 2019: “This call is from the Department of Social Security administration the reason you have received a phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you…”
WalterD
September 26, 2019
Just received two calls this morning from 315-670-4355. If people would work as hard at an actual job as they do trying to scam people, they might potentially be successful in life. But no guarantees of course.
Button
September 26, 2019
I just received a call fro 1-800-518-3201. Please be mindful not to give anyone anyyy information. This world is full of thieves please be careful out there.
Hope
September 26, 2019
This scam is still going on. Got a call from 1-800-811-7342. "Cathy Jones" from Social Security administration legal enforcement. Unfortunately I did give out my zip code & last 4 digits of my SS# before I caught on & asked enough questions that she actually hung up on me. Beware of scammers.
MEV
September 26, 2019
Received two robo-calls similar to the recording in this page. The calls were fron number 214-329-9147.
Karen
September 26, 2019
I just received this scam phone call... a robotic women's voice telling me my Social Security Number has been suspended. It's 9/26/19. They're still at it.... They called from 1-800-064-2313.
Jms
September 26, 2019
Just recieved a call but with a female voice heard saying I need to call back or there would be a warrant out for my arrest. Usually when you call a business they say what the business is and say their name but they answered my call hello and just sat there and some guy started to talk so I blocked the number. Please be careful
KG
September 26, 2019
Got a call today from 1800 526-1486 saying it was the SSA and that my social security was being suspended due to fraudulent activity. It asked me to press one to be connected to an officer. I figured it was a scam.
Kimj FL
September 26, 2019
So before this matter goes to federal Claims Court Court house for you to get arrested. Kindly press one repeat press one to know about your legal case. This call is from the legal department of social security administration. Your social security number has been suspended and we have filed a case under your name. So before this matter goes to Federal Claims Court Court house for you to get arrested. Kindly press one I repeat press one. Got this call today
JC
September 26, 2019
I received 2 calls back to back from 929-322-0175. I did not answer and an automated voice left a message about social security criminal activity legal enforcement's.
Whatev
September 26, 2019
Got this twice already, is it a scam? - - Ignoring this will be an intentional second attempt to avoid initial appearance before a magistrate judge or a grand jury for a federal criminal offense. This is the final attempt to reach you to resolve this issue immediately and to speak to a federal agent call back number 855-438-2632. I repeat 855-438-2632. Thank you.
Tired of calls
September 26, 2019
800-674-6155 Said my SS number was tied to illegal activities and there would be a warrant for my arrest.
Jared
September 26, 2019
Just got a fake call from 202-753-8447. Keep getting these calls, and they're starting to get really annoying.
Oklahoma_StopT…
September 26, 2019
Call from our department is to inform you that there is a legal enforcement actions filed on your social security number for fraudulent activities. So when you get this message kindly call back on our number before we begin with the legal proceedings to stop legal proceedings, please call 855-210-2333. I will repeat 855-210-2333. Thank you.
Don't use your name
September 26, 2019
I got a call from +1 (722) 748 9632 saying that SSA department is filing lawsuit against you and a rest warrant has been released on your name due to a legal enforcement actions by your social security number for fraudulent activities
D_and_L
September 26, 2019
Got one of these from 210-526-2284 threatening jail, etc.
pink
September 26, 2019
i also just receive a call from an automated message says they need to talk to me as soon as possible again this call is from social security
Annoyed
September 26, 2019
‭+1 (844) 158-3001‬ social security office saying my social security number was disabled due to suspicious activity
shaik
September 26, 2019
Hi, I received a call today from 800-034-9890, with a message of social security and all. did nothing but hang the call.
KC
September 26, 2019
#1-800-923-2560 Part of an automated VM left stating that my Social Security number had been suspended.
Chris
September 26, 2019
Same message from the following numbers 800 120-6419 800 470-7863 800 599-4898
Don't use bett…
September 26, 2019
They called today on 1-800-648-4750 and it sounds legit but is a scam
S
September 26, 2019
I just received a call from number 2014412657 saying that my SSN is suspended. it said to press 2. I hung up intermediately. and i'm reporting it
Saddie
September 26, 2019
2 new numbers 315-670-4345 and 813-519-3793. Saying my SS number is being suspended for fraudulent activity.
MamaT
September 26, 2019
1-800-703-5853 1-800-692-9221 These two numbers are associated with this scam.
Ecm
September 26, 2019
Received a recording from #‭800-962-3697‬ stating there’s suspicious activity with my SSN then a male came on the line I heard laughing in the background, he started with asking me for my name. I said you called me so you tell who you’re looking for. He hung up when I told him I knew was a fraud!
Bob
September 26, 2019
I have received numerous calls in the past month about fraudulent use of my SS number threatening legal action if I do not call back. Today they even stated they have given me ample time to respond. I have sent the OIG of SS an account and complaint about these calls. I will contact the FTC now with my complaint. The callers have used numerous and various phone numbers, the last one used an area code for Baltimore, Maryland. Do not fall for these scams regardless of any threats.
Raybo
September 26, 2019
Just got one on my Google Voice account. Google transcribed it as follows... "This message is from legal Department of Social Security Administration. My federal badge ID is SSA for the purpose of this call is regarding an enforcement action, which has been executed by the US Treasury against your social security number ignoring. This would be an intentional attempt to avoid initial appearance before the Magistrate Judge jury for federal criminal offense for before this matter goes to federal court house or before you get arrested. Kindly call us back on our department number, which is 517-343-0009. I repeat 517-343-0009. Hope to hear from you soon before the charges are pressed against you. Thank you."
scam still going
September 26, 2019
Just happened but there was a 0 prior to the 772. 09/26/19