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We’ve seen a new twist on the Social Security Administration (SSA) scam recently. Check out this SSA imposter robocall, which says your benefits will end. (That’s not true, by the way.)
If you get a call like this, do not press 1. Instead, just hang up and remember:

  • Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended.
  • The real Social Security Administration will never call to threaten your benefits.
  • The real SSA will never tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on a gift card.

The Social Security Administration scam is the number one scam reported to the FTC right now. People filed nearly 73,000 reports about Social Security imposters in the first six months of 2019, with reported losses of $17 million. (You can explore the data about imposter scams and losses at

So if you’re getting these calls, you’re not alone. Tell your friends and neighbors about this scam. Tell them to hang up the phone. And then to report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

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November 04, 2019
robovoice identifying self as representing the Social Security Administration - (803) 592-6871 (South Carolina) - advised "fraudulent activity" on my SS number. Key words and phrases used were "final warning"; "to avoid appearing in court" to answer charges. I believe the word "magistrate" may have been used. (Seriously?) Given call-back number and invited to press 1 to speak with an agent. Hung up, reported conversation to the real SSA and filed a FTC report on their advice.
November 04, 2019
11/4 received calls from #'s 209-117-2713,209-404-5104,209-504-3273,209-774-2233 advising Me that my SS check has been stopped and the local police were advised to arrest Me. To get further info press 1.
November 04, 2019
The caller wanted my elderly mother's SSN. We don't know if she complied or not. The telephone # they called from was 1-800-285-6010.
November 05, 2019
11/05/2019 2 phone calls from 726 numbers. Computer voice tells me that I am in trouble with the SSA and criminal charges are pending. Then it tells me to press 1 to speak to an operator. I did not do that and hung up. I blocked the first number, but they changed the number on a second attempt.
November 05, 2019
I keep getting calls my social security number is frauded by a number of things and the officer wants me to call back. I did not because they say they were suspending my card.
November 06, 2019
These folks stopped calling me. They said they were from SSA. I then asked if they were calling from the Social Security Administration and if they were an employee of the Social Security Administration. When I got an affirmative response, I told the caller that he had committed 2 felonies and that I was going to report him and his whole operation was going to be shut down and he was going to be arrested. No more calls from those folks.
November 06, 2019
Just Received 2 calls the first was from 813-215-2321 telling me that the social security administration was investigating me, and that an investigator was waiting to speak with me. I hung up and immediately following, 813-215-5869 contacted me with a 3rd warning notification telling me my benefits would be suspended if I didnt contact them within 24 hours. This has to stop - how many elderly people do they have believing this, how many unknowing people do they have believing this. Messages need to be broadcast about this throughout the media and local tv which is the only way anyone is going to get the attention of the elderly because that's what they rely on to get their information. (Just a suggestion)
November 06, 2019
I have received maybe 6 calls over the past two days about my SSN being compromised and CANCELLED. When I ask for their name they hang up on me.
November 07, 2019
I was called say that they find a car in my name and it has Drugs in and it links to my social security number please call before the f b I will be at my door, and I need to go to the bank and withdraw all of my money and put it on a cashier's check and someone will come and pick it up.
November 07, 2019
I just got a call today [11/07/2019] supposedly from Social Security Admin. from LL # 1-888-569-0864. Hopefully, those listening to what I answered heard me yell FRAUD. Then I hung up.
November 07, 2019
I keep getting this robo call from (800) 553-1129 / (800) 493-7114
FL Jewel
November 08, 2019
They keep calling under different numbers and using a new approach. Message says my identity was stolen in TX and I need to call to verify it's me and so they can report and fix my credit under 1-833-835-6862, 1-844-320-4445, 1-972-779-0427, 1-972-779-0429, 1-844-869-5851, 1-844-837-4293, 1-855-789-0209, 1-813-694-7580. There's another local number to me in 813 but I cannot distinguish now so I'd rather not report an number I'm not sure about. Another company is also robo-calling saying they will refund my subscription if I call them back. I am not answering if it says "Scam Likely" but I've been checking on Whitepages Reverse Lookup and some of these say "congratulations, you have entered a number we don't recognize" or something to that affect. Now, I am locked out of Whitepages... go figure! I am a Realtor and I can't afford not to pick up the phone. They must know this as I am getting 10-12 calls a day... where I used to get one (maybe) a month.
October 01, 2020

In reply to by FL Jewel

also got a call from 972-779-5031 that, when googled, got me to this page.
Don't get duped!
November 08, 2019
I have received multiple calls and robo voicemails from 937-998-0082 stating my SSN is being used in illegal and criminal activity. They request a call back to give your info to them-BEWARE!
on September, 10
November 11, 2019

In reply to by Don't get duped!

I got a victim from scammer because I do not know this kind of people. It is too late when I knew them, they already took my money . please take a lesson from those my experiences!
November 08, 2019
Got two calls today, saying that they're from SS. Let both go to voicemail. This is the number one of them used. 888-492-5370. I have the original SS number memorized. I'm not calling it back.
Don't use your…
November 11, 2019
I have got two calls from 18009856345.
November 12, 2019
I received a call from 1-866-507-8557 telling me my SSA was suspended due to some suspicious activity. This is where I hung up. It was a robocall most likely.
November 12, 2019
I just received message saying this is last attempt to reach me call 1-251-401-8854 press one of they don't hear back the summit claim as fraudulent
November 12, 2019
I received calls today from 800-102-9979, 800-608-4509 and 800-495-9965 saying my social security number would be locked permanently
November 13, 2019
I received a call from 877-647-3929 and answered the robocall which transferred me to Dorthy Williams ID # 315920AC. She informed me that my social security number was being suspended for suspicious activity. She verified me with the last 4 # of my Soc. Sec. which I gave a bogus number, although she was able to match it up. She asked me if I had ever visited Taxes, which in her accent turned out to be Texas. She preceded to tell me my info was used to rent a car which was part of a drug/murder/money laundering scheme! When she asked if I was aware of any of this, I responded "You caught me, I did it." She then hung up on me.
2nd time
November 13, 2019
Just received a scam voicemail claiming to be from the Social Security administration asking to call back. Ignored the first time but now reporting. Number is a landline in Baltimore: 410-559-9482
November 13, 2019
In an hour and a half I have received seven calls and messages from 620-202-7028 and the same exact message. I have been receiving these calls for the past few months from different numbers. Have gotten calls saying that if I do not contact them they will send an officer to arrest me. I have received four last notices before they take legal action. I do not answer, block the number, on the do not call registry and report it.
John DoeDon't …
November 14, 2019
Just got voicemail (cel turned off) from (781) 214-6177 a woman's recorded voice, saying they're Social Security and they got notice from "Federal Crimes Commission" and are about to suspend my Social Security account. I googled it, only found area code near Boston, MA, Anyone else get this call from this number?
November 14, 2019
I already forwarded a complaint yesterday regarding these robocalls with the prerecorded message claiming to be law enforcement regarding my SSN involved with suspicious activity. I received an additional 5 on top of the original 2 toll free numbers I provided: 866-071-6162, 800-619-7909, 800-260-7466, 866-896-4882 and 800-551-6383. I don't know if this will help track them, but I thought I should at least report it.
November 14, 2019
Yesterday I received same call from this number. 16477451368
November 14, 2019
+1516-224-7892 This is a new number for the social security scam
November 15, 2019
I've gotten 4 of these calls from this number..360-302-2659 with the same recording about my SS
November 16, 2019
When I receive a call like this I have pushed the '1' and when they get on I ask them my name, which unfortunately they have, but then I ask them my social security number and they immediately hang up. I do have my calls automatically recorded due to my age.
November 18, 2019
Call from 2108766378 claiming that they are from SSA and I need to call them before they start legal proceedings against me
November 19, 2019
I got two calls, one from 303-351-5625 (Colorado) and one from (979) 481-5295 (Texas) - A message was left in two different robo voices saying my social security number will be suspended if I do not call back, ignoring this information would be considered an intentional attempt to avoid initial appearance before a magistrate judge for a federal criminal offense. I called the Texas one back and they asked me to verify my name and social security number - My reply "you called me, you tell me" They hung up on me.
November 19, 2019
I got two calls, one from 303-351-5625 (Colorado) and one from (979) 481-5295 (Texas) - A message was left in two different robo voices saying my social security number will be suspended if I do not call back, ignoring this information would be considered an intentional attempt to avoid initial appearance before a magistrate judge for a federal criminal offense. I called the Texas one back and they asked me to verify my name and social security number - My reply "you called me, you tell me" They hung up on me.
Don't use ynot…
November 19, 2019
received a call my ss number having actions for fraudulent activities and to call a number that is for a 79 yr old woman in Ohio before they take legal action number that called was 4192199462
November 19, 2019
I put a recorder on my phone got a call didn't even use my real name or social recorders everything to a tee until I didn't have $500 for a new social Sercurity Card then he hung up on me. Something has to be done. How are the wildly or any body gonna be safe from all these scams?
November 20, 2019
I received these three numbers using the same scam. These are the numbers below. 1+(601)861-1248 Natchez, Mississippi 1+(800)772-9191 1+(855)636-7672 1+(510)112-7560
November 20, 2019
these people have called 6 times today. each time I block the number, it changes and they call from a different 800 number. How can i stop the calls.
November 21, 2019
I have not received these calls on my personal phone, but I am the operator for my firm and we receive these calls several times a week as well they are spoofing our company number and people are calling us asking about their SS info.
November 21, 2019
got a call from 803-373-1298 saying they were from the SSA and my SS# was being suspended. right away I thought it was a scam and hung up and reported it to the SSA . According to google 373 area code is North Carolina
November 22, 2019
got this call today from 410 035 5070
November 25, 2019
Call to 802.728.4368 From 1-802-728-5341 My 77 year old mother received a call today looking for my dad. He passed in 2016 which she told him. He told her he needed to speak with him. Still mourning, as it never really stops, my mother explained one last time. He replied the same in that he needed to speak with him. This is so mean. Mean and it needs to stop!
November 25, 2019
I got a call today from 1-800-673-4751... they addressed me as “dear citizen”
November 25, 2019
Received calls from all 4 different numbers saying the same thing today. 800-908-0792, 800-162-1053, 800-834-6521 and 800-897-6722
November 26, 2019
Listen these folkskeep calling that put you on the list dont work social security called me sayingthey removing my card cause of some unlawful activity im tired of them calling my no the no they called from is a recording saying calk back so they want file action no is 13612385942
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November 27, 2019
Received a call from 8336983716 telling me my social security was going to be stopped.
November 30, 2019
These people keep calling me saying their Social Security ‭+1 (361) 203-0113‬
December 02, 2019
Social Security Scam.......just called with the number 562-246-8889!! Be aware!
December 03, 2019
Is this a scam? Phone 719-7331-1351, there is a Federal Crime Investigation from Social Security Administration, please contact.
December 03, 2019
I just received a call similar to this. It is also an automated female voice stating my SS has been compromised. The number was +1-845-289-8074
December 03, 2019
I have received at least 2-3 calls daily from: 800-845-5480, 800-186-4115, 800-964-6371, 800-041-2881, 800-691-3142, 800-149-6391 I'm starting to block them as they come in... but then they just find another number. How do you make them stop??