Inspector General Updates Public About OIG Impersonation Scheme

elderly woman on cell phoneGale Stallworth Stone, the Acting Inspector General of Social Security, is urging citizens to remain vigilant of a nationwide telephone impersonation scheme.  Since alerting the public in early March about suspicious calls from people posing as Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigators, the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the OIG have received additional reports and information about the phone scheme from citizens across the country.

According to reports, the calls include a recorded message from an “officer with the Inspector General of Social Security.”  The recording states the person’s Social Security account, Social Security number (SSN), and/or benefits are suspended, and the person should call a non-SSA number to resolve the issue.  For instance, a common recording from “Nancy Jones” requests citizens call 806-680-2373.  Upon calling the number, an unknown person alerts unsuspecting citizens about a warrant for their arrest.  The unknown person urges citizens to purchase iTunes cards, other gift cards, or prepaid banking cards, for hundreds of dollars, and to provide the card information to the unknown person, to resolve the warrant.

Acting Inspector General Stone advises that citizens:

  • Avoid calling any number provided by a suspicious source, as the unknown source might pressure you to provide your personal information, or to make a payment or purchase for fictitious reasons.
  • Avoid making payments over the phone or purchasing gift cards or banking cards to resolve government or business matters.

“This scheme targets unsuspecting persons and uses scare tactics to defraud them of their resources,” Acting Inspector General Stone said.  “Citizens should be very careful and avoid responding to suspicious calls.  If an unknown person pressures you on the phone into providing payments or making purchases for odd reasons, don’t think twice about hanging up.”

If a person receives a similar suspicious call from someone alleging to be from the OIG, citizens may report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

If a person has questions about any communication—phone call, email, letter, or text—that claims to be from SSA or the OIG, please contact your local Social Security office, or call Social Security’s toll-free customer service number at 1-800-772-1213, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to verify its legitimacy.  (Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can call Social Security’s TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.)

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130 thoughts on “Inspector General Updates Public About OIG Impersonation Scheme

  1. I recently received a call from a person telling me that I had won the Publishers Clearing House amount of two and a half million dollars after doing some research as I suspected this to be a scam I was correct and it was reported to Publishers Clearing House

  2. The Congress of the United States of America is trying to fraudulently steal your Social Security money by redirecting it through privatization into the pockets of their fellow conspirators. Same thing with Medicare. You should be aware of this fraud and call your Congressman and Senator and let them know that you don’t want them to carry out this fraudulent attack on your social Security and Medicare.

  3. Can someone help us pay re taxes on our home. We have a reverse mortgage and are under obligations to pay 5 grand in real estate taxes. We are seniors without resources to pay the. Taxes for 2017. Can ss income pay and take the.money back from future income.

  4. I have a comment. All these audits that gets done. They all seem to be the same issues. They do audits, SSA answers and then we are done till next year. this is a game and we are paying the price

  5. I need help I have been dealing with an issue for months I signed up for a direct deposit ever since there saying I been payed double when that’s not the case I live month to month I have been on the phone 35 times thinking I have this solved I received 43 dollars this month? ? What is the deal ? I’ have several health problems among ptsd I signed up thinking this would be more convenient and for 5 months it’s a endless hell social security security payment department please call me my name is Billy Rose phone is 903 556 1966 my email is ahr82672@Gmail.Com can you please help me fix this issue? ?

    • Hello Billy. Unfortunately, your question is a bit more complex and not what we can handle in this forum. For your security, we do not have access to information about your account. Please continue working with your local Social Security office or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and speak to one of our representatives. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks.

  6. I received a call from Inspector general office at 1:11PM today the caller ID # was 866-723-2349 no name listed.. He gave me my date of birth and my social security number. Said I must follow his instructions as my social security has been suspended. If I want it back ,he repeated I must follow his instrustions. I told him I don’t believe him and said he was the stuff that comes from the back end of a cow. I hung up. I called 1-800-269-0271. Left a call back message. I’m not sure when I will get the call back. What all do I need to do?

    • Hi, Carolyn. The number you provided (1-800-269-0271) is the correct telephone number for the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The hours of operation are: Monday thru Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). We always recommend to avoid providing personal information unless you are certain of a person’s authority to have the information. SSA employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. An SSA employees may call you in limited situations, such as if you recently filed a claim or have other Social Security business that are pending. In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen to confirm personal information over the phone. If a person has questions about any communication—email, letter, text or phone call—that claims to be from SSA or the OIG, please contact your local Social Security office, or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to verify its legitimacy (TTY number at 1-800-325-0778). Thanks.

  7. hahahah OSG! hahaha they dont work. they just get laid tax dollars to lie. i have asked them for help to correcr governennt corruption they ALWAYS answer not their job. thats because they are behind the corruorion.

    There are twelve million, TWELVE MILLION “illegal imigrants” who have invaded and occupy America with Government approval . what is a nunber of invading forces before its called an invasion? and what is it that terrorists do? challange prevailing laws to convert others to their beliefs.

  8. HOW EVERYONE SCARE BUT SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION IS NOT A BANK.THAT MY THINKING..! SSA YOU CONCERN BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE WHO DESERVE TO SCARE ABOUT BAD GUY IN THIS COUNTRY…!

    • Hello Tony! Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local Social Security office. If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day, thanks.

    • Hi Bennie. If you are unable to create an account or encounter a problem with your my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  9. Thank you,
    my wife received a call from a man claiming to be an attorney with social security who said that he was Larry Goldberg with regional office in Philadelphia. He wanted to talk to both my wife and me. He was confirming we were still married and that there were no other wives for me. This was because my wife had not worked enough quarters to fully qualify herself. He said some of this had to be done by hand and would take about a month to show up on my SSA account. Her 65th birthday is in June this year. Can you confirm for me this was a legitimate contact? It felt a little creepy but my wife thought it was fine. Looking forward to your reply to this email at this same email address.

  10. My mother is a victim of MAJOR FRAUD by Sociial Security Employees. She received 30 years backpay. Employees came to our home unannounced on numerous accounts without notice asking to speak to my elderly not well educated mother. She is bedriden and was recovering from Congestive Heart Failure. I applied for her benefits from my father who was a Navy Vet. She was eligible for 30 years backpay. Jacson, MS office called my neice from Houston TX and paid her to kidnap my mother and bring her to Houston. My mothr was immediately placed in Nursin Home where she is today. My family has not seen or head from my neice since the kidnapping The Nursing Home is Payee. I am her daughter and Power of Attorney. My mother was abducted in 2007. I found her in 2009. My neice made herself POA . There is no Revocation for MY POA in MS a part of Public Record. There are 3 differnt POA on file at the nursing home in Houston. My neice abandoned her shortly after the abduction. My mother is 92 and declining. I cant afford an attorney. She is declining. She has not seen her 6 living children, grandchildren – no family since 2007. The nursing home Springbranch Transitiona is operating on a POA that has no merit. No Revocation and my mother had Demtia when she was abducted. Iinformed Houston SSA. I had 2000 pages of evidence. They Refused to copy the EVIDENCE. The OIG in MS was involved. My mother Maxine Porter has not beem outside in 7 years. The stress caused me to have a meltdown. Please dont let my mother die in that nursing home. I dont have any. STRENGTH left to fight. She is so unkept. She has been kidnapped. Exploited, Neglectected, Abandoned, and Robbed of her Golden Years of LIFE! Please help us get her out of there and back to MS before she leaves this earth. It could be your Mother. For the Sake of Justice – SOMEONE STEP IN. INVESTIGATE. I have All The Documents to support these allegations. PLEASE HELP! SSA will be held accountable. I dedicate my life to JUSTICE FOR MY MOTHER. EMPLOYEES As THEIVES and family member partcipates. I am BROKEN! HURT and have to carry this pain to my grave. Please save my MOTHER. She is 92. God is keeping her alive. He promised me she would come back alive. She is declining. SAD Life Story! Dont let this go. How many other victims are there?

  11. Hello!

    Thank you for informing me Senorita actress…I am very pleased to recieve your information…
    Aware now of scams…willl look out for my telephone!

    Gracias,
    Anna

  12. I had my social security number breached 3times from the Social Security Adminstation Student Loans division; due to employees leaving their LAPTOP in the car in plain sight. And beware, if a lawyer asks for a password to FACEBOOK ACCOUNT, DON’T DO THAT. I HAD IDENTITY THEFT OVER A 10 YEAR PERIOD. LATER I LEARNED THAT HE LET OTHER PEOPLE LINK TO MYemail account as me.

  13. I received a phone call from 850-260-3326 telling me my Social Security has been placed on hold. First I do not receive Social Security so I knew it was some form of scam. I tried calling about 6 different numbers and could not get thru to anyone. I find this happens with most phone calls to Government offices. I am sending you this number with hopes that you can trace it and stop these people. I have blocked this number from my phone.

    • Thank you for sharing this information, Dayle. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which receives and analyzes public complaints related to identity theft, recently reported to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) an increase in reports of suspicious phone calls from people claiming to be SSA employees.
      If a person receives a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA, citizens may report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report. Thanks!

  14. Can I check my fathers social security number. He passed away 4 years ago and it was never reported to the Veterans office.

  15. I have received several calls claiming to be from the SSA. One gave a phone # 210.775.2516 stating that a SS# has been suspended. They called at least 10 times.
    Another call stated legal action was commencing and we were to call 707.271.6197. Quite scary, but I don’t believe either call. I thought you might like to have the phone #s.
    I hope this may help to reduce this action.

    • Thank you for sharing this information, Timothy. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. An SSA employee may call you in limited situations, such as if you recently filed a claim or have other Social Security business that are pending. In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen to confirm personal information over the phone.
      The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which receives and analyzes public complaints related to identity theft, recently reported to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) an increase in reports of suspicious phone calls from people claiming to be SSA employees. If a person receives a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA, citizens may report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

  16. I got the following email. Is this a scammer or a valid SSA employee?

    Dear RICHARD PAUL MCCOOK

    Please call our office before Thursday, January 17, 2019 and ask for Betty Schur. The telephone number is 855-249-4342 ext.2085014. We need to talk to you about:

    Benefits your spouse or children may be able to receive.

    When you call our office, please have this letter with you. It will help us to serve you more quickly.

    Social Security Administration

    • Hello Richard. This appears to be a legitimate contact from one of our representatives. Please reach out to Ms. Schur at your earliest convenience. Thanks!

  17. my mother, Gloria Sandon, age 86, just recieved a call saying her social security card has been fraudulently used in Texas and to call them at 1-712-202-0128 to avoid legal action. We did not return the call as we know it is a scam and want to alert you so you can let the other elderly social security people know about this scam. thank you for all you do.

  18. My parents were recently victimized by a SSA scam claiming they could receive an additional $95 a month. My father gave them SS#s and bank account numbers. I think I have finally gotten the situation resolved after three visits to their local SSA office. Can we assume an investigation has been initiated? or do I have to report it?

  19. We were contacted today by an individual who identified himself as a SSA member. He bore a distinct Indian accent and the PHONE ID# was1-214-717-5588 which after checking is from Grand PR Texas. He stated that he needed information at which time I advised him that the phone call was being recorded and that I would not give him any information. He advised us that we would be arrested and prosecuted at which time I advised him to “BRING IT ON” and I hung up.

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  21. I have received a call from social security office and the number is 413-752-0730 and another one 413-252-4913 please be aware that this is scam

  22. Caller ID said 602-903-3942
    Scam about legal enforcement action has been filed against your social security number, need to call 602-903-3942 before legal proceedings begin against you.

    • Hi Renee: If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

      • I have received a scam call and tried to report it, the numbers given does NOT give the option in the prompts to report scam calls. Got a run around about reporting the scam call both online and by phone. I finally did make a report on the fraud site but not sure if it was the right place to do so. PLEASE either add a prompt on the numbers given to call and report scam calls OR make a phone number specifically to report scam calls. All the run around makes it very hard to report scam calls.

  23. I have received the scam call claiming to be SSA. I saved the number & called it back & the guy answered so I set the phone down for 10 minutes, this guy called me every name under the sun. the number is 217-481-7599.

    • Hi Hope: If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

      If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

      Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

  24. i /we keep getting calls saying someone is trying to use our ss# ,and they say the return # so fast we cant get it written down ,i like to know what is going on ,thank you ,

  25. Hi Neal: Thanks for letting us know. If the caller is claiming to be from Social Security—it is critical that you pay attention to the tone and content of the message from the caller. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or they threaten that Social Security will terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.

    If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, we urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your SSN or bank account information. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you, and never send the stranger money via wire transfer or gift cards.

    Social Security employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or other legal action if you fail to provide information or pay a fee. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up. If you receive these calls, report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at oig.ssa.gov/report.

  26. I have had several calls from someone claiming to be with the Social Security Administration stating that there is suspected fraud on my social security number and they say that my number has been “suspended”. No return number was given and they asked me to press a number on my phone. These all went to voice mail and I have not yet answered the phone directly. Is this a SCAM?

    • Hi, William. Thank you for checking in with us. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can find additional information here. We hope this helps.

  27. I have recently been contacted some by somebody who claims they’re from the Texas State office of social security administration the person claims that their name was officer Jason Ray ID number 98456 DC 71972 a person claiming to be a drug enforcement task force agent from the state of Texas his name was said to be Michael B .Robins badge number was supposedly KD 9 6 1 4 call from a phone number in Texas 8 1 7 796-6682

    • Thanks for letting us know, Dawn. Keep in mind we do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can find additional information here. We hope this helps.

  28. We have received numerous calls lately, from SSA, threatening arrest and telling us our account has been suspended. Phone # 1-972-461-9835 and # 1-234-355-4178. I tried calling back to these #’s , receiving recordings of”non-working” numbers. I know now to just hang up!

    • Thanks for letting us know, Frieda. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can find additional information here. We hope this helps.

  29. For the last few days I received several calls from different numbers threatening me that my case will be filed and action will be taken against me in the court not sure if these numbers is SSI numbers or not,
    1-806-391-4791 , 1-858-367-5424

    • Hi, Ali. Thanks for checking in with us. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can find additional information here. We hope this helps.

  30. Thank you for a prompt response. I was able to corroborate that I had a good reason to suspect impersonation. I called 1800 772 1213 but with the recordings I was not able to access a real person to tell me if there is something really wrong, or if it really was impersonation.

  31. Received a call from SSA Dallas, Tx to call as me SSA is involved in criminal activity.
    Called and was told it is connected to drug traffickers and money laundering. I was then transferred to a DEA agent that gave me information that all my money accounts would be seized immediately until they could tract down the culprits. Since I said they could not do that, he said the FBI will be raiding my home in the next day to look for evidence. ……more, but evitually suggests I go to my bank immediately and withdraw as much as I can for money to live on while this is sorted out.
    Take out as much as possible but do not tell anyone or the bank will have to freeze my account immediately. I have two phone numbers and an address WHere I was To Send Money to by overnight FEDEX . 469 378 8033 917 504. 8653.
    Address: Jack Smith
    8 Dayton Drive Apt 39A

    Please contact me at this email.
    Edison, NJ 08820

  32. I have been receiving voicemails that there is fraudulent activity on my social security. To call 213-289-3864.
    I take it this is a scam since reading this blog and not legitimate.

    • Thanks for checking in with us, Patricia. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

  33. I can’t believe that it’s all too late for me to get help with my social security account because everyone else is calling in and reporting it because they all want me to go to jail because I’m so mad over what they are doing because they all know everything about me because I have tried & tried to get help with this mess but nobody will ever listen to me!

  34. On Memorial Day weekend, we received half a dozen calls, (which we let answering machine get) FROM these following numbers about our “suspended” social security number. The male voice was computer generated and wanted us to respond by pushing a certain digit. Needless to say, we did NOT respond, but kept the recording for future “reference.” These calls were FROM;
    858 788-1165,
    858 788-1162,
    858 788-1172.

    Please notify us if we can help.
    Thanx, John & Nancy

    • Thanks for checking in with us, John. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams, here. Thanks, again.

  35. 1-833-325-6948 Houston, Texas – someone from this number called me and said there were fraud charges against me. I was to call them back, but I didn’t. What is interesting is that a family member receives disability and has his first disability review (after 7 years)_ coming up. Maybe you have someone on the inside gathering personal information. Too much of a coincidence.

    • Hi, Pamela. Thanks for checking in with us. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

  36. I’m still getting these calls 4 calls from four different states saying my SS is frozen and that I’ll need to give them info …..I’m so tired of these people here is the numbers ………. 585-207-1720 Fillmore NY 912-421-4451 savannah GA 512-900-6057 Austin TX

  37. I received an automated call today saying that my SS number had been compromised in south Texas and I should punch 1 on my phone. I just hung up.

    • Hi Helen. Thank you for letting us know about these calls. We do not usually make random calls. If you or anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams here. We hope this helps.

  38. why cant these scammers be set up to be caught?i got 4 calls today with a return call number..its a recording and when i pressed 1to talk to someone,i told them they were scammers,the girl said f—u .love to get them-

    • Thanks for checking in with us, Ronald. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams, here. Thanks, again.

  39. I got a call to call back about SS the number is 833-416-1019 is this a real number of your department? It was
    a recorded message.

    • Thanks for checking in with us, Shy. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

    • Hi, Perry. Thanks for checking in with us. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams, here. Thanks, again.

  40. For the most part I don’t answer my phone if i don’t recognize the number, Several times recently I have had this message left on my phone

    “There are legal enforcement action is filed on your Social Security number for fraudulent activities so when you get this message kindly call back at the earliest possible on our number before we begin with the legal proceedings that is 360-216-7590 I repeat 360-216-7590 thank you…”

    • Hi, James. Thanks for letting us know. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams, here. Thanks, again.

  41. We received 10 robo calls so far today from 1-410-213-3294 approximately every 30 minutes starting at 11:30 this morning. The number claims to be SSA stating there is a problem with a SSA # and we need to call back the same number immediately.

    • Hello Paul. Thanks for sharing your experience. You may also report suspicious calls to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

    • Hi Joni. Thank you for letting us know about these calls. We do not usually make random calls. If you or anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams here. We hope this helps.

    • Hi Esther. Thank you for letting us know about these calls. We do not usually make random calls. If you or anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams here. We hope this helps.

  42. I received a call from a Mr Clifford Murphy on 9-12-2019. He told me he was an investigator for Social Security. His Badge number 6818228 & phone 704-935-5713
    He told me my Social Security number was found in a raid in a Texas residence for money laundering & drug trafficking. He threatened me with a hold on benefits & 7 years in jail.
    He asked several other questions and I gave him my S.S. Number.
    I told him I haven’t left Florida since 2005 & had no idea about his accusations.
    I then went online only to find out there are scams like this.
    I also went to the fraud website but had difficulty because of the strange circumstances, I wanted to talk with someone.
    Thank you
    Lisa Marcelletti

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  44. 9/18/19, 11:43pm, est.,Someone called from 800 service 1-800-772-1210 making a threatening call about my social security number being endangered ominous sounding.

    • Hi, Tamara. Thanks for checking in with us. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

  45. I have received several phone calls from a person saying they are from Social Security , and there will
    be legal action about something and I should call
    1832 430 7544 . I did not talk to this person, but
    I was not involved in any kind of legal problems.
    This call first came about 10 days ago, and I went to the local Social Security office to ask about it. They thought it was a scam. I received another call today
    but did not answer it. They leave a message to call
    the same no. listed above.

  46. I am receiving electronic voice telling me they are investigating me for fraudulent charges and claiming to have arrested and stop my benefits. This is upsetting to say the least and I would to know if this is real. Thank you.

    • Hi Diana. Thanks for checking in with us. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

    • Hi, Joan. Thanks for checking in with us. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

  47. Received telephone call late yesterday afternoon from individual saying she was Officer so and so from Social Security. Further, that they were calling to advise that our social security number was being used for fraudulent activity in Southwest Florida and Texas. Asked to speak with Officer so and so by pressing the number one.
    Suspecting this was a scam, we hung up the phone. We had from others about such scams.

    • Hi Richard. Thank you for checking in with us. Keep in mind that we do not usually make random calls. If you or anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a site specific to Social Security scams here. We hope this helps.

  48. I received two prerecorded messages today from 937-538-5410, stating that the message was from a officer Melody Barnes, South Border of Texas, my social security number was being uses fraudulently. I did not respond.

  49. MY Mother just received a call from the La Mesa office of social security saying her social security number was being used in Texas, and an inspector would be talking to her. The transfer was dropped and they didn’t call back. Is this a scam ?

    • Hi Gary. Thanks for letting us know about these calls. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

  50. I had a phone call from someone claiming to be from Social Security Administration they were saying that my social security number was possibly used or compromised.
    888-765-8824.

    • Thank you for checking in with us, William. Keep in mind that we do not usually make random calls. If you or anyone receives calls saying they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a site specific to Social Security scams here. We hope this helps.

  51. Scam alert! Don’t return calls to 936 6289837. Phone message claims FBI investigation and warns of lawsuit if recipient doesn’t cooperate.

    • Hi DBH. Thanks for letting us know about these calls. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

  52. I just received a call from a Stanly Williams employee number 725693 SSAI asked for his supervisors name he said it was Brandy Moore, I was told that my SS Number was being used for money laundering and an arrest warrant had been issued they told me to call 3053595898, or 18001187879 thy did ask for my SS# but I told them that they should already have that number if they had all that info about an arrest warrant. I looked up SS info and called waiting for SSA agent to return my call. I am so glad that this is just a scam, but can you please go ahead and check to make sure that my SSA is ok. Thank you for your help.

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