Inspector General Warns Public About Social Security Advisory Board-Related Scam

The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about a new variation of increasingly common government employee impersonation scams, this time involving the Social Security Advisory Board. The Advisory Board has reported that individuals are receiving scam phone calls displaying the board’s phone number on caller ID. The callers are reportedly attempting to obtain personal information, including Social Security numbers. If you receive this type of call, you should not engage with the caller or provide personal information or money in response to requests or threats.

These callers are employing tactics similar to impersonation schemes involving the IRS, SSA, and the SSA OIG. Inspector General Ennis advises that callers may use a variety of false scenarios or threats to obtain personal information or payments, often requested through gift cards or prepaid debit cards.

However, the Social Security Advisory Board typically does not contact the general public to request personal information over the phone. Moreover, government employees will never threaten you to obtain personal information or payments. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up.

“This caller-ID spoofing scheme has unfortunately evolved to include the Social Security Advisory Board, but it is the same type of scam, attempting to mislead people by using the trusted name of Social Security,” Inspector General Ennis said. “I encourage everyone to alert your family and friends about how common these scams are, and to be very cautious when speaking with unknown callers, even if you recognize the caller ID.”

Inspector General Ennis urges the public not to provide sensitive information over the phone or internet unless you are certain of who is receiving it. You should also never wire money or add money to a prepaid debit card to pay for any official government service.

If you receive a suspicious call, you may report that information online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report or by calling (800) 269-0271, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams:  https://identitytheft.gov/ssa.

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168 thoughts on “Inspector General Warns Public About Social Security Advisory Board-Related Scam

  1. Thank you so much..this link can really help those like me I’m in a wheelchair and have been since 2002 . I had a Dr who told me I had to start walking but to do that I need a ton of physical therapy when I was young all the muscles on one side of my body were stunted and stopped growing.

      • I have been receiving these calls all week. The numbers have been from NY and California. I never pick up the phone. I let them leave their automated robotic message on the answering machine. I have never called back. I figured this was a scam. To make sure I went to my ss account and saw that everything was ok. These people are lazy and do not want to work. I hope they find a way to catch them and arrest them. Thanks for the info SS.

        • I just received a scam call today. Saying that my SS number has been suspended do to suspicious use. And I should them back to take care of this. I’m not stupid, so no, not calling back. This must be happening to a lot of people. Because when I tried to report it, the wait time is 45 minutes. The call was coming from Mechanicsburg, PA.

          • We have received four phone calls this week alone stating the same thing Tracy. They came from two different 800 numbers, one private number, and one blocked number. My husband is going to report this to the information on this website.

          • I just received the same call today. I told him I was going to call my local social security office.

          • I got 3 the past few days. They state my account is suspended for suspicious activity and to call them and press 1
            These people need to be traced and arrested.

          • Ha getting that same call now…tried blocking the number but it still comes through its a 1-800-004-1024 number that so say operator isn’t a correct number go figure!!

        • I get the calls all the time too. I scared the last one that called. He actually hung up on me!! After he gave his speech I said “oh my, could you hold on a minute so I can get a pen and some paper please” He said “OK”. I got back on the line and said “Thank you for waiting. I had to turn on my descrambler. Now I know exactly where you are and the authorities are on their way”. He hung up. I haven’t gotten another call from him. The number on my phone was #37235.What kind of a number is that anyway?

        • Ana – When you actually try to call their number back, it won’t go through. They are trying to catch people at home and scare them into giving info. That’s another way to know it’s a scam. Craziness and Laziness! You’re right!

    • I just received a call from 678-666-0235 claiming to be social security about a suspension on my social security number. I did not speak to them as I do not answer numbers I do not recognize.

  2. I receive 2-5 calls every day from these people telling me this is my last chance to give them information before the police come to my door and arrest me. I just hang up on them. They are also targeting my mother and I have told her to hang up on them also.

    • Same here. I had 18 calls from these scammers in one day and I kept blocking the number over and over but they just used a new one. The addresses were from all over the US. It was obvious to me when the computer said press 1 to speak with a SSA officer and I heard their very third world sounding accent and 100 others in the background that is was fraud. But there should be some way to stop this. I’m sick and this creates a lot of stress for me making all my diagnosis worse.

      • Hi, Mindy. We take allegations of fraud very seriously. If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits, we encourage you to report it. 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 also for helping us fight fraud.

        • Hi there. I could not figure out how to make my own comment thread but I felt the need to make one so I responded here. I just had a few calls this morning and so I go to this article that tells me to call 1-800-269-0271. So I call it and then it tells you to call a completely different number. I stay on the line in hopes that I will get someone. I spent almost 9 minutes until I got to talk with someone. They were not even from that 1-800-269 number they were from the Federal Trade Commission. I just wanted to provide some feedback that this is very frustrating. I work with Elderly Victims of Crime and I will never give this number out to report suspicious calls because they do not have the patience to wait almost 10 minutes to talk to a live person AND they do not have the patience to call a number the Social Security Administration tells them to call and then be told on an automated system they called the wrong number and need to call a different one. They will get frustrated and hang up. I got quite frustrated. It is no wonder folks do not report suspicious activity to stop this type of harassment of calls. I hope you guys take this feedback and do something to provide better customer service. Thank you.

          • Hello,
            I am so frustrated from these calls, I too receive two to 6 calls every week. For awhile it was two to three a day. They are so tricky. I have reported the calls in the beginning to the worlds trade commission, there’s so many calls I continuously receive that I have created a spoof call lists and when I receive the ssi scam calls I hang up and add the number to the Spoof contact category. I do this for two reasons, one to include in my next report to the worlds trade commission, (give them all at once) next report, and the second so I can be aware of them calling then I d o not need to answer Today I actually received yet another call and this time I tell
            the scammer that I don’t believe him, and do you know thus guy replies back with this ” why, what happened”? I just hung up, geewhiz.!!

            Hello,
            Look I agree, it is very frustrating. Everything you stated that happens is true!!
            So it’s like pass the buck to the
            automatd system right? Meanwhil these caller’s get valuable personal info. Prey on everyone, not just the elderly. I am not elderly but they managed to much info from me. They get creative, and I do mean this with all respects, I have noticed that 95% of the calls I receive from people claiming to be from SS office have a foreign accent, not American.

        • I just received a VM saying that there is a suspension notice against my SS# from the federal crime and investigation services. I’m instructed to call this # 571-200-2469. I did not call back. I went to “My Social Security” and everything looks fine there.

      • Yep, always the scan caller’s have accents!! I’m sick of them. They keep calling from all different numbers, out if all states. I told the l last caller I had that I don’t believe him and I reported them to the WTC and his reply was “why, what happened”?
        I screamed at him “Social security office does not call people, they do not call hones” I hung up!

    • Hello,
      I am so frustrated from these calls, I too receive two to 6 calls every week. For awhile it was two to three a day. They are so tricky. I have reported the calls in the beginning to the worlds trade commission, there’s so many calls I continuously receive that I have created a spoof call lists and when I receive the ssi scam calls I hang up and add the number to the Spoof contact category. I do this for two reasons, one to include in my next report to the worlds trade commission, (give them all at once) next report, and the second so I can be aware of them calling then I d o not need to answer Today I actually received yet another call and this time I tell
      the scammer that I don’t believe him, and do you know thus guy replies back with this ” why, what happened”? I just hung up, geewhiz.!!

    • I am savvy enough to recognize these scammers. The IRS and SSA do not call people. Firefighter and police departments do not solicit as charities to the public. I fear for my fellow seniors some who are in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, or are just not tech savvy. Is there anyone out there who can protect them?

      • Hi Jenny, some of the police departments in Northern CA do solicit to the public via phone calls. They are usually looking for sponsors for softball or some other games they play with the local kids.

    • Someone just called me 405-713-1000 and said there was suspicious activity regarding my ss# and unless I talked with them a warrant will be put out for my arrest! If I wanted to talk to an officer press 1. I. pressed 1 and someone identifying themselves as an officer began asking me questions bells and whistles went off in my head and hung up
      I called the OIG 800-269-0271 and got into a jungle of teleprompters. It was impossible to talk to a person. This only increases my anxiety level .Has anyone found a solution?

      • Hello Scott. 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.

  3. I have reason to believe that my ssn has been acquired by a computer scam group of India based of Indians. They are a scam group trying to access personal representing themselves as being part of MSN. They have hacked two of my credit cards. I got that stopped my changing my accounts. I have no way of knowing how they intend to use this information.

  4. Kindly inform me why my SSA monthly benefit was reduced to some USD 250 from some USD 673.

    I am 77 with congestive heart failure.

    Thank you.

    • That never happens. You will get a Notice of Planned Action prior to anything happening to your payment, telling you why there is a change.

  5. Is there a way to know if a call is not fraudulent? I recently filed for benefits and have gotten several calls from someone saying they are from SSA. I don’t want to jeopardize my claim status if this is a real call. It is difficult for me to accommodate the SSA 800 number wait time and the callback feature failed twice on my mobile phone.

    • Don’t believe those caller’s !!!
      Social security will mail you a letter if they want to talk to you. They rarely Rarely RARELY will call

    • Ssa will never call you on the phone.ever. unless you call them and request a call back due to high call volume and wait time……again SSA will never call you.ever .

  6. I do not answer these calls. However, I couldn’t reach a live person at either Social Security or the Inspector General’s number to ask a simple question. I have received 4 calls within 2 days leaving a message that my Social Security Number had been suspended and to call certain numbers. I assumed that if that is true, S.S. A. would find a more secure method to let me know. However, it would have been better for me if I could have spoken with a “live” person.

  7. This announcement was very helpful. My suspicious call came in the form of a voicemail (from a number in PA) and said that my Social Security number had been “suspend” as opposed to suspended. The voicemail said to press one in order to speak with someone about this.

    • Samething been happening to me the past week. I received 3 calls, “ your social security number have been suspended due a suspicious activity, if you want to know more about it press 1. I hang up and never press anything. The calling number is a Pennsylvania number .

      • Same here. PA and now TX. “legal enforcement action has been filed on your ssn for fraudulent activity….kindly call us. Do not disregard this notice or we will proceed with legal action.” I blocked both numbers and received another call this morning from USA. I refuse to answer these calls. But they are alarming.

        • Hi Cat. 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.

          • I received a call today, saying to press one for more info. They said there was criminal fraudulent activity in Texas with someone using my SS number. They gave me an ID case number, a warrant number, their name and badge number….. I verified my SS number. They said they were suspending it and issuing me a new one. I was then transferred to another “supervisor” who confirmed all this. We lost connection and I did not hear back. I told them I wanted everything in writing….. Was it real?

          • I have received 5 calls today they always leave a robot message with the same info about my as number. I used a random phone and called the number back it was an Indian accent. I will never answer this. Just wonder how they decide who to target?

          • Mr. Luis A.,
            Please read all of these comments!!!!!!!
            Thus problem is out of control. Mostly all if the comments are stating the same issue, and btw.. all if the scenarios that folks described the caller’s are saying ..they do say that. They use the fear factor … preying. Now that is a form terrorism.

        • Yes, I received this same call today as a robo call saying that enforcement action has been filed against my SSN and to all the TX number back right away. I was concerned and called the number back, the person on the line wanted to verify my information and asked for a case # so that they can look up the information along with my SSN. They asked me for my middle name and then I hung up. They were very aggressive, I don’t usually call these lines but was caught off guard

    • I have been getting 3-4 a day as well. I am in Texas. The call is from NY. I finally answered it They asked me to verify my SS number. I said! No! You called me ! You obviously have it. So you verify it to me! They hung up and I have not gotten any more calls. Yeah me!!

  8. A couple of weeks ago, I got a voicemail that my social security number was suspended from fraudulent activities. Knowing this was false, i didn’t respond back to the call. The next day, I
    received another call from some guy again claiming that my social security number was suspended. I asked him where he’s calling from and he said he’s calling from the social security office in Rockville Maryland. I asked him for his name and ID number before I would we speak any further but he quickly hanged up. People need to be aware that they’re in control of their lives.

  9. Don’t you think you would have figured a way to prevent this from happening so much? The number of scams that we are subjected to is criminal. It’s very difficult for elderly individuals to be bombarded like this. Please help

  10. If you receive a scam call from Fake “Social Security” scam then don’t answer your phone when your caller ID and ignore the call!!

  11. I am so heart felt for those on limited income 😭😢 and for those who only receive Social Security Benefits like I do. My heart goes to the less fortunate and I pray 🙏 for better days for the better of the kind society we can be. One note:. Hang-up on those that claim to be Social Security and other Agencies… Blessings to the good heartedness of all.

  12. Interstate(or metro area) business abusers use even more deceptive modes of com than just radio or telephone

  13. I have been getting calls that say my social security number has been cancelled do to suspicious activity, so mark or call number one to investigate. And of course I know its a “scam” and I just delete it. I got three of those calls today, I just laugh and delete.

    • While you’re at it restrict users on Facebook and never post ID information about you or your family members. Trust me, those who really need to know your DOB already know it.

  14. I too been getting phone calls saying they’re from social security and that my SSI number has been expired due to some suspicious activity to click on 1 on my phone to talk to talk to an agent about the problem. But I didn’t cause I thought it was strange and I hung up and said to myself they will send me a letter if they need to talk to me. I also realise I don’t have anything to worry about cause there isn’t anything I did anyways.

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  16. I been receiving automated message stating my social security number has been compromised and will close my account, I’m fairly certain this is a scam to get everyone’s social security number?.

    • Hi, Nikki. 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 also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

  17. I m 80 years old My wife passed away on March 29 2012 & my only son at 48 years old on march 15 2011 I been claiming my survivor rights plus the years I worked in I,T,T as an accountant & I d been unsuccessful I m alone and I can , survive with $-780.00 per months

    • Hi, Enrique. We are to hear about your situation. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. You may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include free meals, housekeeping help, transportation, or help with other problems. To get information about services in your area and find out if you qualify, you will need to contact your state or local social services or welfare office. We hope this helps!

  18. This article was hard to read–small, light print. Aimed at seniors, should be easier to read. But, thanks for the important message!

  19. This is on-going; and yet the SSA or Our Federal government does very little!!?? – It would be easy to prosecute the criminal phone companies involved. So get busy Congress on this WMD , or continue to do Nothing as usual.

  20. I think they should go after these scam artists even if they are over sea’s. Yes it will cost the government some money but we are sick and tired of the scams. The only thing the scam artists understand is a very long time in prison.

  21. Yes I think this has happened to me..
    My passport and my social security card has been stolen I keep getting calls from this place about disability stuff I don’t know what’s going on but my life is destroyed

  22. Another scam to look out for,
    I know I have personally received at least half a dozen of these calls. Someone calls saying that are from the US Federal Grant Department and that your phone number has been randomly selected from a group determined to be eligible because they have paid their taxes and dont show a bankruptcy in the past year. You are being given a one time grant award of $14,000 and change I dont Remember the exact amount. But between 14 and 15K. It’s yours to do with as you please and doesn’t have to be repaid. All you have to do is give them your bank acct information, your bank card information or a prepaid credit card account information for them to deposit the grant money on. I told the callers I dont give out that information they could send me a check.. They replied that they couldn’t do that. They could only direct deposit the funds. I called Bullshit and told them they were scammers. And they hung up on me.

    • Paula, I’ve gotten calls exactly as you said. One call was for $9,400, another $9,000, another $5,400, another $8,000, another $5,600. I said send to me in the mail. One called was very convincing but I didn’t fall for it she was gonna deposit it to my bank. She said no I don’t need a prepaid card ” those other calls you got were fraud”. I hung up and called back the number and it was a tux rental in New York. He told me he has been getting calls from people for several days with same complaint. He said he reported it. Please federal government please take action because our elderly people could fall for this scam and most of them are on small income. My heart goes out to them. So please everyone hang up on them. I just received another call while writting this. His name is micheal from number 315-497-7316 he also let me speak with his supervisor. They both have eastern Indian ascent. When I tell them they are scammers they hang up on me. Gosh everyone please say safe from these SOB.

  23. social security details are confidential. I got this kinda call regarding details of my SSI. They bug me most of the time by telling that this is the last chance to avail social security facilities.
    Thank you for sharing this information to aware people about the these spammers.

    • Hello Maria. 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

  24. Received a call from “the department of social security” advising me that my social security number had been cancelled. The call came from (800) 099-7282. This was a message on my voicemail. Thanks.

    • Hi Michael. 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.

  25. I received a phone call that stayed my ss acoustic has been suspended for suspicious activity. What should I do

  26. Dear Mr Cannarsa: Thx for helping protect us from criminals. I just got a strange voice mail from tel no 1-802-723-0251, Island Pond, VT (?): “We just suspend your soc. sec. # bec. we found suspicious activity. This is SSA please call us back option 1”. Pl forward to appr. office/agencies. Thank you for your help. Mr Joaquin C. Armendariz. PS: Many retired folks could be trained to use cyber tools to augment various agencies efforts against these criminals. Just a suggestion.

  27. I have received 3 calls this morning on my cell phone with a message claiming to from SSA telling me I needed to call 6069074363 immediately due to an issue with my social security. I did not call the number.

  28. I got 2 calls today from a 1-877 number saying my SSN was suspended because of suspicious activity, then asked me to press 1 to talk to a representative. These were messages in my voicemail because I never answer calls from unknown numbers.

  29. I got 2 calls today from a 1-877 number saying my SSN was suspended because of suspicious activity, then asked me to press 1 to talk to a representative. These were messages in my voicemail because I never answer calls from unknown numbers.

  30. All right going to respond to this I received two calls 1 January 17th of this year and one just recently May 8th and this was one of the numbers that I received telling me my social security number was suspended just so you know this number is still active and they’re claiming that they are Social Security Administrative investigators however they are not I caught them in the act when they contacted me trying to tell me that my social security number was suspended and then they asked me what my social security number was when I explain to them I said well you contacted me if you need my social security number why are you asking me if you’re with the Social Security Department you should have that number so therefore I’m just letting the public know that this number is showing up under the scams that are going around through the Social Security Administration and therefore be on the lookout because I know some of the the elderly out there that receive disability cannot afford to lose what they have thank you for your time and patience and I hope that this helps many of you out there 2403895433

    • Thanks for checking in with us, April. 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.

  31. I received calls from the numbers listed below about someone that my number and I needed to call them. The other called stated I had committed some kind of fraud call them in texas. I have not returned any calls and I am waiting for Marshall to arrest me. 1-855-214-7632 ssa and 425-318-7014 texas

  32. We received a call today from supposedly SS Admin. telling us that we’re OUR SS no. in a fraudulent manner. We didn’t answer the phone but they left the above message for us and wanted us to call them back…of course we didn’t do that…but the number they wanted us to call was: 330-475-7179. Thought this would be of interest to you.

    • Hi. 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.

  33. I received two calls yesterday leaving voicemails: saying that some department is filing lawsuit against me and arrest warrant has been released on my name due to legal enforcement actions filed on my SS # for me to get more information on this case file and warrant from federal database speak to a rep by pressing 1. the caller ID just said UNKNOWN, and I do not answer calls that I do not know, they can leave a message or it must not be important. obviously this is very much like the threats when they used the IRS.. thanks for just putting the warning out there, sadly some people get sucked in.

  34. I received a call this morning at 8 am, from a social security office representative requesting more information about my social security application. The caller insisted several times that I provide my social security number over the phone. I did not. The caller indicated that I was entitled to additional benefits and that I must provide my social security number if I wanted to hear about them. The caller provided a name. Mr. Mutima. Due to the number of scams reported, I did not provide personal information. He tried to convince and challenged my logic of not providing my number.

    It’s very difficult to screen legitimate calls from illegitimate calls. The Soc. Sec. office should find an absolute way to communicate with the public safely.

  35. I have received several messages on my voicemail that I was going to be arrested for social security fraud and that I need to call them back before my case goes to federal court and I am arrested. I live in Rutherford County N. C. The number that showed up on my ID box was 833 301 0467 ….I assume it was a scammer trying to get my personal information.

    • 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 have also been receiving calls/voicemails (1 from Lubbock, TX and 2 from Los Angeles so far) stating to not ignore the message as some “legal action will be taken against you”. So just out of curiosity I called one of the numbers and they answered “Social Security”. I did confront the person that answered and asked them what kind of scam they were running and then hung up. Naturally I got another phone call from them.

  37. I have had several calls from supposedly the internal revenue service stating I owe you money. They seem to be scamming those people who lost homes in the camp fire in Paradise California. When I questioned them further about my Social Security number, they got scared and hung up. When they called back I told them they were not Social security. I blocked their calls. However they are very persistent. This seems to scare a lot of elderly people such as myself.

    • Hi, Diana. 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.

  38. I received a phone call from someone saying their name was Officer Peter Johnson and that my SSI was being suspended because of fraudulent information. Then he kept asking for my social security number. I did NOT give it to him and wanted to report the call but the only place I could find to report it was for if I did give out my number. Do you guys want the info? Caller ID said 800 Service 800-666-5558, but gave me the number of 804-215-1985 when I asked for a call back number.

    • Thanks for checking in with us, Rodney. 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. Hi I received a phone call this morning regarding my social security check will be cancelled due to fraudulent information on my account this was a recording no phone number appeared should I contact SSA

    • Hi, Georgia. 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.

  40. hello..my friend foght 3 years to get disability and after he received his payment he was contacted that he either send xxxxxx amount of money back or he loses his benefits..was that a scam? or does that really happen?

    • Thank you for letting us know about these calls, Jodi. 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

  41. I received a robot call from 1800-184-6213 telling me my SSN was going to be deactivated due to some suspicious activities reported. watch out!

    • Hi, Ivan. 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. We hope this helps.

  42. I received a call from 415-429-7706 this morning. A taped message stated that my SS# was being blocked due to suspicious behavior and that I needed to contact them in order to release it. I did not call them back.

    • Thanks for checking in with us, Ruth. 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.

  43. I’ve been getting calls that say fraudulent use of my ssn and my ssn has been suspended. These are voice mails. When i call the number they dialed from it’s not in service but they leave a different number to call back on..which I haven’t. Have you heard of this?

    • Thank you for letting us know about these calls, Deborah. 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.

  44. To Whom it May Concern,
    My Name is Ronald D. Moore age 75 and collect Social Security Check every month my tel number is 828-524-1967 and I think I just got scamed. I had an enity call and leave his phone number of 210-504-6341 to tell me my social security number had been comprimised in Texas and I have only passed through the state. they wanted me to take out all my assets from my bank and put it into a gift card. And the time limit was an hour and a half. If I hung on them they would sent law officers to my home and arrest me. This is not logical in my mind that they would do this being a Navy retiree of 23 years and drawing only social security and Navy Retirement as my only income. I was supposedly transferred to an officer, named Alex Mario of that gave me two protocals to adhere to and those were do not hang up and privacy act do not tell anyone why your doing the transfer. Please advise me if this is a hoax.
    Thankyou
    Ron Moore

    • Thanks for checking in with us, Ron. 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.

  45. I RECEIVED A CALL FROM 18007721213 AND HE STATED THAT HIS NAME WAS OFFICER RICK JOHNSON BADGE NUMBER RJ3124739 AND THAT THERE WAS SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY WITH MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER SUCH AS MONEY LAUNDERING AND OR DRUG ACTIVITIES AND THAT I NEED TO COOPERATE WITH HIM OR THAT MY SOCIAL SECURITY CARD WOULD BE CANCELED…IT WAS ALARMING BECAUSE THEY HE HAD MY ADDRESS, AGE, ETC…WAS THIS AN AUTHENTHICALLY FROM SS…I HUNG UP AND WOULD AND IMMEDIATLY CALL SS BACK BUT I HAVE BEEN ON HOLD FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS…

    • 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.

  46. I went to the St. Louis SSA office yesterday (June 18, 2019) to request a new SSN card. Within an hour of returning home, I had received four calls supposedly from the SSA, with a robotic voice saying there was suspicious activity using my SSN and giving a number to call to resolve the matter or my SSN would be deactivated. I do not answer, but my voice mail picks up the calls and the scammers leave full-length messages every time. I know not to respond, but am very concerned about the apparent coincidence of the visit and the calls, which have continued with four more today. I tried calling the SSA about this, but none of the options seemed to quite fit this situation, so I’m putting a letter in the mail to the Delmar Blvd. and national SSA offices.

    • Thanks for checking in with us, Ruth. 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.

  47. I just received my second call, one was yesterday around 2pm, and today at 5pm telling me that they were going to arrest me if I didn’t give them my personal information….lucky me, I work with SS attorneys and I just told the Indian guy that called me….if you are from the SS office, then why do you need my information? He started to stutter and then I told him, if you are going to arrest me then send the police. He said that if I cooperated and gave him my SS number, he could resolve my issue…..ha!! So I told him that my sister works for the SS office in Washington DC and I was going to call her immediately and have a 3 way conversation with him and her…and he hung up before I was done speaking!!

    • Hi Natalia. 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.

  48. If you received a fake call then there’s a possibility that you will fall in the trap. My cousin received a call regarding the same. They threaten him that his social security will be going to be blocked and asked him about the SSN. But luckily he was well aware of these spam calls and didn’t shared any detail. A big thanks to all these websites who are making an effort to aware people about social security spams.

  49. I received a call on 6/28/2019 claiming they were the social security and that my social security number may be being in a fraud the number was 502/361/5568 I became suspicious and hung up

  50. How can I report a phone number and name given for one of the Social Security scam calls? This was from a Maria Gomez at 615-802-0706

  51. My mom yesterday received this call and she provided information like name, adress and Social Security number. She is a litlle bit older and she immediately call to me . I recommended her to call police but due Im living in Europa I dont know much more about USA procedures. What are the hazards or danger due she provided the information to scammers? What they can do? What she should do now more than calling Police

    • Thanks for checking in with us, Sebastian. 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. Your mother can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams, here. Thanks, again.

  52. I am savvy enough to recognize these scammers. The IRS and SSA do not call people. Firefighter and police departments do not solicit as charities to the public. I fear for my fellow seniors some who are in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, or are just not tech savvy. Is there anyone out there who can protect them?

  53. I have received a call from this number
    1-800-838-0430 and when I answered it, it was automatic announcement it says you have a social security fraud and you terminated temporarily. So, please let me know what is the problem on my social security I did not know anything.

    • Hi Zemen. 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.

  54. Had a call from 210 361-6463 supposedly saying my social security number had been compromised in San Antonio. They first left a voicemail with only the end intelligible about “before we take legal action”. I did call back and they gave a name, badge ID number, and extension number. I verified when they had info that was correct (probably shouldn’t have even done that), but when they asked me for my birthdate and social security number I said I did not feel comfortable giving that information and needed to look into it further.

    • Hi Beth Ellen. 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. If you suspect someone is using your Social Security number, you should go to http://www.idtheft.gov and report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission or call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338). In addition, you can order free credit reports annually from the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and Trans Union). To order your credit report go to http://www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228. For more information, check out our publication, Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number. We hope this helps.

  55. I got X2 phone calls today wanting to warn me of my S.S. account had been compromised. Their phone #s are 800-345-4888 & 800-090-5927 . I did not respond.

  56. I too have been annoyed by these calls like everyone else! I was contacted with a story of my social security number had been used in Texas and had to do with a lot of cocaine and money and I was going to be arrested if I didn’t give out some information. Of course I realized it was a scam and told the person that called to stop these stupid calls and to get a life which he replied “make sure I get a criminal lawyer”! I wish these people would try to make an honest living!

  57. This email arrived late Friday afternoon:

    Please call our office before Monday, July 22, 2019 and ask for Mr. G. Zoetewey. The telephone number is 510-970-4527. We need to talk to you about:

    Other benefits you 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

    Smells bad, not going to call!

    • Hi, JB. Please be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls or email messages. If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company. Avoid providing personal information unless you are certain of a person’s authority to have the information. If you are ever unsure about the identity of someone claiming to be a Social Security employee, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to verify the authenticity of the person who contacted you or contact your local office. We hope this helps.

  58. I received a fraudulent social security call today. The people calling said they were from Social Security and that I am being investigated. They asked to confirm my address. I hung up. This is a fraudulent scam. Hang up, they accept call back numbers to put you at ease. The number is 1-201-380-2932, Kearny, NJ. Social Security calls do not have telemarketing noise in the background. They do not say they are Officer So-and-so from the Social Security Administration. Beware.

  59. Just got this kind of call today, from 1-888-574-8149, they left a message saying that “my SSN has been suspended because of suspicious activity…” Got on the internet ASAP and found a lot of reports, beware!

    • Hi David. 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.

  60. This afternoon, I received a scam call, claiming my SSN was suspended, because of suspicious activity. I wrote down the number and the Feds must be made aware of this phone number, which is 888-911-0274. If anyone receives a similar scam call, REPORT IT, PRONTO!!!

    • Hi MichaelP. 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.

  61. I just received a call saying my social security number had been used to commit a million dollars in fraudulent bank activity in another state. It sounded so real, they said I was going to be arrested or I had to give them the phone number of my local police department. That scared me, thinking I could be wrongly arrested. The person even gave me his name and “badge number.” Sounded so real. Then I told him I was going to call the social security administration myself to find out what was going on. When I pulled up the website I saw the notification about this type of fraudulent phone call. I was on the phone for about 10 minutes and the caller never asked me to give date of birth or full SS#. So, he didn’t get anything from me. So scary though.

  62. I’ve been getting calls like this for a long long time. I usually ignore them. I just wanted to comment on the replies some of you guy’s get from the “SSA”. It sounds like their a bunch of robot’s reading from a script. Their not worried about us average. American Joe’s/Jane’s. They could care less if we’re getting scammed but if the shoe was on the other foot and they where getting those calls and they were getting scammed out of “their” money. Trust and believe rain would come down on those scammers parade and they would be shut down in an instant. As long as “their” money ain’t being touched they could care less about ours. I don’t need a reply you can keep your robot replies to yourself.

  63. I have been receiving phone messages from 888-578-0470 regarding my SS and they will cancel if they don’t hear from me. I did call back, but did not give them any info. I just said you should have all this info and they disconnected.

  64. Just got a spam call from 203.516.4230. Verizon rated it highly probable spam and it was a recording I am sure blasted across country

  65. I received 5 of these calls today; the telephone numbers are below:

    986-771-2368
    913-519-7773
    986-237-4259
    913-120-1241
    986-130-5857
    913-512-4629

    Each time a recorded message was left on my voicemail. The voicemails seemed urgent therefore I answered the 2nd time I received a call from 913-512-4629. The automated message stated my SSN was about to be suspended, that there may be a warrant out for my arrest, and I was transferred to a live person who stated he was an officer/investigating the case. He asked me to spell my name, however before I finished he asked me to identify myself, but incorrectly used my maiden name. I have been married for 15 years so that was a red flag. Then he asked me to confirm my home address and the address he had was not current. I did not provide the current address even though he was abrasive and aggressive. I immediately hung up and began reseaching why the SSA would suspend my SSN and came across this article. Thank you for making us aware of these scams.

    • Hi Summer. 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.

  66. Just got a call from “Mainline” 1-760-205-5134.
    Your SS number has been compromised, Please call.
    Answers as “Thank You for calling the Social Security Administration.”
    Obvious Scam.

  67. Yep, me too. Will it do any good to report what seems to be a common scam (“suspended number”)? SSA must be flooded with reports.

  68. I enjoy all these scam calls and keep them on the line as long as possible. I finally offer them my sympathy that they have to earn a living doing this since I say I know they are untouchables from India and the only employment they can get is cleaning sewers or making scam calls. I ask if their poor mothers know what they are doing for a living and how sad they would be of they knew. I further state that I’m sure their fathers would be disappointed also if their mothers could only remember who the father might have been. I must get an Indian translation dictionary to find our the meaning of some of the curses yelled at me at the end of the calls.

  69. best solution for is to make nightly announcements on all news broadcasts that this is a big scam, IRS and Social Security will not call you like this and start making it a felony to ask for a social security number over the telephone!

  70. Just got off phone with Jason Roy, would not give me his badge number, said he was not allowed to do that. Asked for my info, I told him you should have all that, you called me. Said he was going to call police, told him go ahead, send them to my house, I told him him he was scamming me and he said I could not talk to him that way, I told him I could talk to him any way I wanted too, he finally hung up on me.

    • Hi Carol. 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. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

  71. I tried calling the number at 4:01 EDT, but your message states you answer calls only until 4:00 p.m. But your website states:
    If you receive a suspicious call, you may report that information online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report or by calling (800) 269-0271, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

  72. robocall message states “This is to inform you that your social security number has been suspended due to some reasons. We request you to call us back on 965-620-2231”
    I called back and a fellow purporting to be in an SSA office in Texas would not answer me when I asked him which city in Texas he was in. He eventually hung up after I asked him several times where his office was.

  73. I received 8 of these calls from 3 different states. First call at 11:07 am and the 8th call at 3:42 pm (EST) so might not be through getting more. 2 calls from North Carolina number 1-980-216-8212, 4 from Wyoming number 1-307-699-6924, and 2 from North Dakota number 1-701-765-8149

  74. Received a call from 888-237-1360 advising me that my SSA payments may be suspended due to an irregularity in the use of my soc sec number. The message advised me that if I want more information to press 1 on my key pad. upon pressing 1, I was directed to a site that responded with only single grunts. I hung up

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