Scams Come In Many Different Forms

" "Social Security is at the forefront of keeping your online data secure, but you play a vital role in safeguarding your personal information too.

Scammers commonly target people who are looking for Social Security program and benefit information. You might receive an advertisement in the mail, but it could be from a private company or even a scammer. U.S. law prohibits people and businesses from using words or emblems that mislead others. Their advertising can’t lead people to believe that they represent, are somehow affiliated with, or endorsed or approved by Social Security or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Medicare).

If you receive misleading information about Social Security, send the complete advertisement, including the envelope it came in, to:

Office of the Inspector General Fraud Hotline
Social Security Administration
P.O. Box 17768
Baltimore, MD 21235

Scams can also happen online. A growing tactic for scammers is to use online dating sites. According to the United States Postal Inspection Service’s recent messaging, before starting an internet-based relationship, we should always keep our personal details to ourselves until you meet face-to-face. Next, do an internet search of the other person’s name and the town they claim to be living in.

Here are indications that someone may not be who they say they are:

  • A mismatch between their name and the name embedded in their email address.
  • There are obvious spelling and grammar errors.
  • They asked if you would send or receive money/packages on someone else’s behalf.
  • They need money right away due to a medical emergency, or they need a visa or air tickets. Or, a business opportunity arose that was too good to turn down. Can you wire a loan?

If anyone asks for your Social Security number, never give it to them. And if they are specifically pretending to be from Social Security, please report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online.

Protecting your information is an important part of Social Security’s mission. You work hard and make a conscious effort to save and plan for retirement. For more information, please visit the Office of the Inspector General’s website.

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164 thoughts on “Scams Come In Many Different Forms

  1. I have been receiving robocalls in recent weeks, stating my Social Security account has been ‘frozen’ for various reasons. It is obviously a scam, but everyone should be advised to ignore those types of calls. Perhaps a PR campaign is needed.

    • I just received a call saying my SS number will be cancelled because it was being used all over the country for suspicious activities. It was a robot sounding voice. It said I had to call back before it is permanently cancelled. Is this a legit call or is it a scam?

      • Hi Julie. 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.

        • Same here. I keep getting calls. Voicemail says ssn is getting canceled. Ex. Voicemail from 8880492543. “ your social security number with immediate effect due to __ all your social benefits will be canceled until further clearance in case you feel this is due to an error you may connect with ___ social security administration in order to connect with a social security administration officer press one now in case we did not hear from you your social will be blocked permanently to connect with the officer now press one ____ “ and it continues on.

          • I have been getting 3 calls per day in the last 3 days saying my SS # is involved in a legal activities and all that and left a number for me to call. It is not a 1-800 number. Obvious bogus call but sound quite real. # they call from: 1-800-861-9657, 1-800-886-4945, 1-833-772-6777,

        • Just got the voicemail that my ss# will be deactivated because of some fraudulent transactions in Texas. The phone number came from 202-299-0002.

          • I received the same call and I called back and it felt weird so I told them I did not feel comfortable giving out information over the phone and was told ” why did I called back wasting their time” so I hang up The number was 917-920-2516

        • I just got a call from 1-844-316-6956 saying there was “suspicious activity” using my social security number and asked that I call back the above 844 number. Definitely not doing it.

      • I have actually worked with an active group to help stop these and other scam calls. What we have done and works a lot is posting messages on social media with the phone numbers to warn people of the scam. We also use google voice (a free service) to call back the numbers that are scamming people. When we get 4 to 5 hundred people calling the numbers we are holding there line up and preventing them from calling out and after a few hours the numbers become “out of service”. I wish more could be done but for now we are doing are best. Ps: I don’t work for any part of the government but have worked in cyber security in the past.

    • Same here. I keep getting calls. Voicemail says ssn is getting canceled. Ex. Voicemail from 8880492543. “ your social security number with immediate effect due to __ all your social benefits will be canceled until further clearance in case you feel this is due to an error you may connect with ___ social security administration in order to connect with a social security administration officer press one now in case we did not hear from you your social will be blocked permanently to connect with the officer now press one ____ “ and it continues on.

      • I received 3 Robocalls yesterday from 3 different numbers 844-390-2205, 866-198-4996 and 855-235-6274. Each one after the first was more threatening saying there was now a warrant out for my arrest. I knew it was as scam because I had just read an article on the yahoo news feed about it. I wish people would find something else to do with their time.

        • I recieved 4 yesterday and all 4 numbers were different and they were the numbers you show.I did not listen to what they had to say after that, cause you are excepting their call and who knows what will happen after that .

    • I’ve received three calls telling me my SS number is being used in several places in Texas. Being the recipient of multiple robo calls for many months now, I simply hung up as I’ve done with other robo calls. Once they get your number, you’re in for the long haul unless you change your phone number — which I have done — 5 times now……they still get the number.

      • Hi Mrs. Geraldine. 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 just received a call from ‭+1 (817) 984-9312‬ with a similar message. The ID was Ft Worth TX. I get crazy calls very often, some from #s meant to appear local.

    • Scammers are still calling, using number 800-292-3492. They claim they are from SSA and I need to talk with them about suspension of SSA account due to suspicious activity.

  2. Thanks for the information, I’ve been having thoses problems of some one pretend to be social security workers wanting my social security number. Just scammers trying to take my benefits away from me!

    • Yrs, we have also, telling g us our number has been frozen and if we don’t contact them a warrant will be issued for our arrest! What a scam!

  3. I’ve received three calls this week telling me that I will be losing my disability because they have detected fraud in my name. Online I was told that if I experience fraud I could call the inspector general‘s office and report it. What I got after several button presses and calling back to redo my button presses was a recording telling me that if I got a call that I thought was probably a scam I should just ignore it. Thanks. So helpful. I knew it was a scam. I was reporting them and had three different phone numbers to give so that maybe somebody could investigate. What a surprise, nobody is going to investigate. I would hope that the majority of the population knows that Social Security never calls anyone. You can’t get through to them when you try to call let alone any of them making a phone call out.

    • I am frustrated for the same reason. The information I read, said to call to report fraudulent calls, and I got the same run around. If they just want us to ignore the call, why don’t they just say that, instead of giving us information that indicates we should call to report it.

    • SSA Claims Specialist might call you if you had filed a Claim online. They may have questions, regarding your online application. FYI

  4. My husband and I receive almost daily SS scam cell phone calls. We don’t answer and the voicemail message gives us the SS scam information. They just don’t give up!!!

  5. Have been receiving 5-8 phone calls a day during the week of 08/011/2019 from various phone numbers. Each is a recording stating my social Security benefits have been suspended and press 1 for more information.

    • Linda, I received a call today which I did not answer, but the caller left a message using the same wordage. I knew it was a scam, and thought I should report it to SSA, but according to comments I’ve seen posted, it’s a waste of time. This should be investigated because many seniors might be vulnerable and probably give the scammer their SSN and even more info.

    • Same thing happened to me. The calls lasted about a week, maybe because I answered the first one, but I knew better than to “press 1” for more information as this has been all over the news. Eventually, they gave up. Robo voice had said my SSA acct had been disabled due to fraudulent activity, and I’m not even old enough for SS yet.

      • Hi Shirley. 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.

        • Luis – the SSA scam onlin email link provided is incorrect (missing the ‘:’ after ‘https’, to learn more about the SSA scam calls see this link:
          https://identitytheft.gov/SSA. I work for a regional AAA and handle elder abuse funding contracts with 70 WI counties. I find SSA alerts extremely valuable and share them on our state APS listserv (which I moderate).

  6. This Article does not mention telecon requesting you to call because of SS inquiries on a piece of personal social security information. Plus, when I tried to contact SS Inspector General on line it was very difficult! Why?

  7. How amazing I just went to a SSI advocate and he told me my Social Security benefits were all wrong . Someone did the Medicaid assesment wrong He spent the whole morning clearing it up. I am relieved I qualify for many needed dental and medical needs . I can assess them next month

  8. 8/2019
    Dear SSA Commissioner:
    The SSA direct deposited money to my Chase bank account was hacked and stolen repeatedly from my account over 6 years using my bank cards. This person doing it was identified as Kenneth T. Morelli, but nothing was done to charge him, nor restore ALL the money he stole, and I had to take the fall for the great losses of unearned income, making me unable to pay my monthly bills. This situation was a terrible burden to me. The county court gave me many Orders of Protection, all being violated by Mr. Morelli. I am disabled since 2003 and retired in 12/2018 now, paying all my bills with $920/month, and buying food by SNAP $194/mo. Can you call me: 914-428-9603 to advise me?
    How can I recover this money lost? Do you have any suggestions that can be effective for me to reverse this great 6 year $$ loss?

    Sincerely,

    Karen Morra Mesh
    P.O. Box 8130
    White Plains, NY 10602

  9. With so many hacking and crazy eviction in nyc where lawyer uses the court system to get a hold of your ss # and who knows what or where it gets. It would be nice if ss # is not allow to use as reference and be use anywhere other than for ss office use it has been out of hands the past over 30+ years. Like medicare ss must change all ss # to all sa cardholder. We need special protection

  10. Thank you. I reported several different times, calls supposedly, made from the Social security administration. Found out they were scams. After I was stressed out about them!

  11. WOW… tut tut Social Security. I can’t read this, gray tiny font, Uggg! (especiallly with your aging audience),

  12. Before reading the article, a popup appeared with the following 3 options.
    1. Create an SS account
    2. Subscribe
    3. Retirement Calculator

    I selected 3 and then it requested my SS # however it did not hide my SS # as I put it in.
    Then I read the article and felt like I had been scammed. When entering you SS # I think the system should not display your full SS # on th input screen only the last four or not at all.
    So let me know if this was a scam or fix your input screen to not display full SS #!

  13. Dear LUCILLE:

    On 08/15/2019 we received your request to deactivate your online account at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount This change will take place immediately.

    If you did not make this request, call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. We treat all calls confidentially. We can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call during the week after Tuesday. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.
    Is this a scam??
    Thank you for using the Social Security Administration’s services at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount online.

    Please do not reply to this email, as we are unable to respond to messages sent to this address.

  14. My ex-wife stole my daughter’s SSD from my account. I reported it to the office inspector general and local office in Greensboro NC 2014. Nothing was done. This apparatus needs to be restructured. It’s to femanin biased..

  15. I have received two phone calls on cell phone, that my SS
    income
    is being held due to misuse of my SS number and to press
    1 to talke to a SS Representative. I didn’t press 1. I’m sure this is a scam wanting your information, it was a recorded
    call.

  16. These calls come in to my line in clusters. One day I had seven of them telling me my SS# had been compromised. I don’t talk to these callers and I hang up on them.
    It would be a wonderful day if these scams could be shut down.

  17. I get telephone calls claiming to be from Social Security and stating that my SSN has been frozen due to some misuse. This is something that you didn’t cover in your article and needs to be addressed. I know that Social Security does not operate in that manner but others may not realize that fact. Thank you for sharing this information.

  18. This never ending stream of intrusive and annoying robocalls and social security scams further underscores the need to only answer calls where you can clearly see who it is on caller ID, and when you clearly know that person. Not just a company name, because the scammers are known to spoof caller ID with legitimate names like “Social Security” and the like. Say what you want about other privacy issues with Google, but I do like the Google Voice service because it’s a separate phone number you can link to your regular phone number where it’ll basically pre-screen your calls so you can hear who it is when the person identifies themselves. If the call doesn’t clearly show a recognized caller ID, or the caller doesn’t want to state who is calling to Google Voice, then they can still leave a message, but it’s my choice whether to do anthing. In most cases, I just ignore them, block the number and tag their call as Spam.

  19. With regard to fraudulent robocalls, I have received them and attempted to notify SSA online about them. I have
    become totally discouraged with the process. One should be able to call SSA and report the phone number and city of origin and have the fraud department of SSA follow up on it …and NOT have to file a gazillion-page report!!!

  20. Periodically, I receive calls from 800 numbers requesting that I call back because there are urgent situations with my Social Security that need to be attended to.
    Thanks for the orientation.

  21. I am on Social Security for a minor disability there and enjoy how you put the important topics on here on this page about how to help the consumer and a person in real life there. I found such topics to be important there and enjoy how you put them on the page here.

  22. I was called on my work phone ,I-Phone, and the person said my social security account was being investigated for a lawsuit by the SS office. I hung up and was going to call them back but their phone number wasn’t left on my phone.

    • Hi, Thomas. 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.

    • Hi, Andrew. First, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing the Social Security number is what is important. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card please visit our Social Security Number and Card page. Keep in mind all submitted documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency and must (unless otherwise indicated) have been issued within the last two years. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. Once you’ve submitted all the needed documents, it can take up to 10 business days from the date we received the application to mail a replacement card. We hope this helps.

  23. Gee! What I write ? But I appreciate your faithful mailing my SS retirement checks very much! I am 81 years old and deaf & speech impairment. I am very graceful. Thank you very much, Social Security. May God bless you !

  24. I have received many phone calls stating there is a problem with my social security number. They have a number to call immediately.

  25. I received 2 calls on 8/14/19 from these 2 numbers 909-816-8780 and 909-699-8201 stating my benefits are being held due to illegal activities.

  26. I just received a robocall and a robo voicemail claiming to be social security administration. The claim was that my social security number has been suspended and I should call this 800 number

  27. I am constantly receiving telephone calls from individuals claiming to be representing the Social Security Administration, advising me that I am at risk of criminal punishment tied to my social security number. I don’t take the calls, and simply delete the voice messages. I’m sure you are aware of this type of telephone fraud, but just in case you’re not… Similar calls were coming from parties attempting to represent the IRS, and threatening that the taxpayer would be arrested, etc.

  28. I have been called at least 10 times by someone saying they are from Social Security and the have cancelled my payment and I need to call a number to have it reinstated. I just hang up. I know it is a scam. I have been helping a Senior Acting class that puts on performances all over Los Angeles to educate Senors about all kinds of different scams and this is one of them.

  29. Very helpful information for our Seniors. We need to keep updated on new tactics that scammers are using.
    Thank you!
    Plainfield Senior Center
    Plainfield, CT

    • Hi Ronald. 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 Judy. 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.

  30. I have got repeated calls saying my Soc. Sec. Number may have been used repeatedly. They left this number for me to call.(304) 245 6619. Is this a scam ? I have not called the number.

    • Hi Barbara. 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.

  31. My ID may have been stolen, what do I do about it?
    Do you issue a new SS card & number?
    My current # is 098327611

  32. My name is Ralph Shyduik Jr. I have recieved several calls lately that my ss# is fraudulenty being used in South Texas. How do I follow through on this to make sure nobody is using my number. I do not want to put any information on the internet in case this is how the got my number. I look forward to a response to protect myself.
    thank you
    Ralph Dan Shyduik Jr.

    • Hi Dan. 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.

  33. ‭+1 (929) 603-2201
    This number has been calling stating you are about to
    Take action against me.
    Please investigate.

    • Hi James. 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.

  34. I have received three calls so far from 800 numbers, claiming that due to suspicious activity, my SSN is suspended, along with all benefits and then prompting me to press 1 to speak with a representative. The numbers that called today are no longer in service when called back and the one from Friday answers with an automated prompt to press 1 if you are 50 or older. Obvious scams and definitely not what you would get with any federal government office.

    • Hi Julian. 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 have been receiving these type of calls numerous times a day for the last three weeks or so. I filled out a fraud report on line and that is about all I can do. You’d think they would stop calling the same number after a while

  35. There is a phone scam going on here in Southern New Jersey. It is not very sophisticated, but they attempt to tell you that there is a problem with your account that could result in legal problems for you. They want you to fix it immediately , and , of course, they ask for your info. It is a foreign person of indeterminate origin , and he gets aggitated when you do not comply. I asked for a number so I could call back, and he gave me a number that when dialed indicated there was no such number. It has happened to other people while I was in their presence in a two week span of time. Beware !

  36. Today I received a call from the Social Security Office with at phone number of 725-213-2853 that requested we call them back. That our (they did not leave a name) SSN has been forced to close and if we did not call them back, we would be arrested and/or we would get a letter that told us to appear in court. We have been receiving a number of calls from the SS Office threating us with legal actions. Just wondering if this is true and whether or not I need to contact them back. Or this is a scam and do not call them back.

    • Hi Carolyn. 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.

  37. I have received 3 calls today claiming they are from the social security administration. They say there has bern some suspicious activity on my account and my social security number will be deactivated. The first 2 times I hung up but on the 3rd call I pressed 1 to talk with a so called representative. I didnt give them the chance to ask for my information. I yelled at them saying i have contacted my social security office and to stop calling this number

    • Hi Paula. 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. Just recieved a call from 715-683-0271 stating my SS number has been suspended due to suspicious activity. Press 1 for more information. Scammers!

    • Hi Linda. 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.

  39. I just received a call from this number +18883819750 . Telling me that my SS number has been used. I believe it is fraud.

    • 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.

  40. I just received a phone call saying my social security number has been stolen and was used in criminal act like drugs and trafficking which is a lie and saying charges are going to be filed and that i need to get a lawyer

    • Hi Vivian. 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.

  41. Just received a voicemail from 707-173-7423 stating that it was the Department of Social Security Administration calling to inform me about shutting down my SSN due to suspicious activity. In my 50+ years, I’ve never heard it called anything other than SSA or the Social Security Administration. The “Department of” is the giveaway for me that this is a scam call.

    • Hi Carl, and 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. On June 22 I received a call saying there was a court order to suspend my account. 336-502-2200.
    On August 6th I received the same call from the same number but to call back on 888-970-1217.
    On August 19th the same call but a different number this time. 877-930-1715.
    They all say there is a court order to stop payments. One said to call the commonwealth.
    None of these came up on my phone as coming from s.s. I am sure this is a fraud but I depend on that check every month. I would love to get my hands on these people.

    • Hi Carminenatalejr. 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.

  43. Same here. I keep getting calls. Voicemail says ssn is getting canceled. Ex. Voicemail from 8880492543. “ your social security number with immediate effect due to __ all your social benefits will be canceled until further clearance in case you feel this is due to an error you may connect with ___ social security administration in order to connect with a social security administration officer press one now in case we did not hear from you your social will be blocked permanently to connect with the officer now press one ____ “
    and it continues on.
    Please stop the scam calls.

  44. I just received an automated call from ‭+1 (202) 742-9501‬ saying they have a lawsuit against me for fraudulent activity from the Social Security Administration.

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

  45. Would you contact anyone using an a robotic voice or altered voice about an issue. Or even a robotic voice identifying them as an officer but indicate you need to press 1 number to actually talk to an agent.

    • Hi Gary. 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.

  46. I was tired and emotionally stressed yesterday when I was called by “the Spark Energy Program Of Com Ed”. I ended up providing them with all my personal information: Full name, address, home phone number, date of birth, and SSN. Turns out they were working for a company that solicits business for the Spark Energy company, an independent power supplier that gets business by getting these phone application leads.
    This late in the process, how can I rectify my mistakes, and keep my personal information, including Social Security, safe?

    • THi Douglas. 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.

  47. I received a call from 612 444 0157, saying that there is Suspicious activity on my SSA number and that I will be arrested if I do not call them back. I called them back and spoke to Henry Brown Badge #CS129 He asked for my full name, date of birth and SSN.. Mr. Brown got very vulgar when I would not give him my full SSN for verification purposes. I said to him, if you are from SSA you should have my social since their is suspicious activity on my record. He said that I will be arrested soon. I told him to come and find me. He advised me that the authorities would be seeing me soon and then hung up.

    • Hi Aida. 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. I received a call today from 883-591-8186 advising me that my social security number has been suspended. I know this is not true. Please don’t fall for this type of scam.

    • I’m receiving calls from 5 days saying my social security number is suspended and I’m losing benefits these calls coming daily around 8:00 AM -8:10 AM from below numbers (everytime the number is new)
      +1 800-865-7209
      +1 800-482-0897

  49. I’m receiving robot calls from last five days that my social security number is suspended from below numbers, these calls are getting between 8:00 -8:10 in weekdays everyday
    +1 800-865-7209
    +1 800-482-0897

  50. I have been receiving phone calls for about two weeks now. Saying that my social security number is being used and to call them. The one I got today at 10:34 am saying that my social security number has been frozen. The number from today is 1-833-781-8208

  51. I am continually getting the “robo” calls claiming that my social security number has been frozen due to suspicious activity in whatever state that is not my state. I played along today and pressed “1” to find out more. I got some indian-sounding person who could barely say “Social Security Administration” and then asked what my name was. I told him he has been calling me, so he obviously knows who I am. he hung up. How can these calls be stopped. I AM on the Federal DO NOT CALL list.

  52. Like a lot of the rest of the comments, I received a phone call from 860-823-2266. It was a recording saying they were calling from the Department of Social Security Administration and my SS# would be suspended because of some suspicious activity. If I want to know more, I could press #1.

  53. I don’t see my earlier comment I wrote in which I stated that the representative I spoke to this morning told me I can not return to my application, to finish up. If I do and try to send it in, it will be blank. She said I have to completely start over. I have read in many places, including on this page that you can return to your application using a re-entry number. I called Social Security back because I didn’t want to do anything wrong. The woman I spoke to was SO nice and so helpful. She said that I can use my re-entry number to finish my application or make changes. I was nice to speak with such a pleasant person.

  54. Got a voice mail today, sounded robo or lady was 120 yrs old. How would SS Administration get my cell number.
    SCAM!!!;

  55. Similar experience to many. Call to my cell came from 625-362-5487 (disconnected if you try to call back) stating suspicious activity and a warrant for my arrest due to the suspicious SS# activity. Person had a bit of personal info on me and when I refused to give more he hung up. I filed an online report. Very unnerving!

  56. I just received a phone call which I think said it came from the social security administration (sorry the quality of the sound was low and English is not my first language). It threatened some sort of legal action. The call came from 1-800-994-2981. I thought it was a scam, but to be certain, I phoned back. I got somebody who claimed again to be from that same place (I think the social security administration). When I asked if it was genuine, I was told this was (obviously) and given a name of officer and “badge number” (not sure if the administration has any). I said thanks and asked if I could verify some of that online, asking if there was any website where I could check the information. The person said “bye” and hung up soon after that.

    I do freak out a bit (I know the administration is not always that forgiving) but given the number of scams and the attitude of the person, I assume it was a scam.

  57. I got three scam calls in the last two days from 1-833-906-3194.regarding my ss #. I hung up fast without listening to the whole msg. I’ll block the number.

  58. I received a voicemail yesterday from “Officer Marie Gomez”. The number was 832-598-8367, which is Houston, TX. The message said my “number has been suspended due to some reasons”. Just filed a report here on this site.

    • Hello rb. Thanks for checking in with us. 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.

  59. I received a voice message stating to call SSN and I called back and individual wanted my DOB and SSI number and I hung up. You could hear other people talking in the background and person I was talking to sounded to be Puerto Rico

  60. I received an obviously fraudulent call today from 1-878-212-1601 Washington,Pa stating I should call a number about the consequences of my committing social security fraud.

    • Hello Connie. 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.

  61. In trying to be the wonderful wife she is, my wife tried to save me trouble (I can’t stand computers), and file for my lost Social Security card, which was lost when our house burned down (along with many others) in the recent Lilac Fire. She went to a site called:
    https://www.easy-apply.us/social-security-cards
    They charged her $39 to get me a new Social Security card. We just now called our bank and cancelled the $39 charge, which they said they did. The site above received my Social Security card number and other information. The thing that alerted me was that they accepted my birthplace as St. Louis, Montana, rather than St. Louis, Missouri. Has my Social Security number been compromised because of them receiving my SS number?

    • Hello Jack. Please keep in mind that most of our services are provided free of charge. Avoid disclosing your personal information unless you are certain of a person’s authority to have that information.
      As for a replacement Social Security card, please understand that you may NOT need a replacement Social Security card. In most cases, you will rarely need to show it. Knowing the Social Security number is really the important thing.
      To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card please visit our Social Security Number and Card page. Keep in mind all submitted documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency and must (unless otherwise indicated) have been issued within the last two years. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. Once you’ve submitted all the needed documents, it can take up to 10 business days from the date we received the application to mail a replacement card. We hope this helps.
      Representatives at our toll free number 1-800-772-1213, are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  62. I received a call from +14439473379. It was an automated system telling me they were going to take action against my bank account due to outstanding balance. I accidentally called back when I tried to copy the number called from. Some guy answered identifying shelf as social security administration. I heard the TV in the background. I said wrong number and hung up. Must have been from the USA because of what I heard on the TV

    • Hello Elizabeth. Thanks for checking in with us. We do not make random calls claiming “action against your bank account”. If you received such a call from someone claiming 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.

  63. I received a call stating that there was fraudulent activity with my social security number and the number had been suspended. It was an 800 number. Of course I did not react, and thought it was a scam.

  64. FYI- many scam calls over Labor Day weekend from: 868-371-7295& 868-350-8557. Both numbers show Chaguanas, Trinidad& Tobago as origin. Thank you.

    • Hi Gordon. 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.

  65. Received scam call from 410-849-6059. Robotic voice.
    It said there was fraudulent activity and to call them at that number.

    • Hi Dave. 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. Today 9/3/2019 received a call from 315-636-5401 stating my SS number has been suspended due to suspicious activity. I call them back. They were rude. They did not sound as SSA officials. They hanged up on me when I asked how they can verify that they are SSA officials.

    • Hi Robert. 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.

  67. I received a phone call from an UNKNOWN number A man asking me to name my medication; he sounded credible. I refused to give any info and hung up.

  68. I just received a call on my cell phone that showed up as “Social Security Administration” which led to believe it was probably legit. The phone number in my logs showed as 1(866)366-9549. The caller said he was SS and he asked me to verify my name spelling. I did not however he then recited my name and I confirmed – it was correct. Next, he explained that my SSN was suspended because it was used in Drug Trafficking out of Texas (a state I have no connection to) and further explained that an arrest warrant was issued for me! He explained some other basic scenario things and then asked me to verify my SSN by reciting it to him. I told him I don’t give that out over the phone. He said they were coming to arrest me then and I will be behind bars. I said, ok, then we can have a more detailed discussion.

    This guy gave me his name which I assume is falsely used (he spelled it out for me) and gave me an ID number. They were Johnson Parker GS45189.

    I just wanted to alert people to this variation of scam and also let SS Admin know.

    • Hi Kirk. 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.

  69. I received a call on Sept 3 that my SSN was being investigated and that Legal Enforcement activity and if I didn’t respond to 706-403-0185 I would be charged with fraud activity. I tried to call and report it to SS Admin but all I get is is a 2 hour recorded message with every web site the Federal Government has. You don’t care, I don’t care.

    • Hi Jerry. 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.

  70. I received a robocall today, Sept 9, 2019. It stated that my SS account will be suspended and I would have to call back that number (570-244-3720). That same number was listed on my phone as the Robocall. When I called that number a man asked me if I was Sylvia Rose. I am not and said so. He then said he would remove my number and hung up.

  71. I recI received a robocall today, Sept 10, 2019. It stated that my SS account will be suspended and I would have to call back that number (906-323*4094). That same number was listed on my cell phone

  72. I just received a robocall today from a number in Texas. They said I had to call right away, with my criminal attorney, because there has been a problem with my social security number. The number was 512-215-3774. I’ve never done anything criminal and I don’t have a criminal record, and I don’t have a criminal attorney. I can see why someone could be scared because they may not know robocalls are scams.

  73. I, too, have been getting fraudulent calls. They are coming more frequently all the time. Today there were calls from 3 different phone numbers, plus one “restricted” call that did not show the phone number. I don’t know where to report the bogus numbers (888/956-7486, 865/413-7044 and 888/386-6306).

  74. Well take issues with Medicare. We already pay our fair share of taxes. Then if our gross income from two years ago was over a certain amount, yet more is swiped from seniors. Maybe they only made that much then, but not now. Anyhow call it what you may, but a percentage of seniors view that as a form of fraud. It isn’t right, and it’s abusive to do that to seniors. And where is our money being pitched? If we are not utilizing Medicare it’s not toward us. But like I said we shouldn’t have to have more swiped from us. And the cutoff line isn’t really considered wealthy. They’re taking it out on middle class. It shouldn’t be up to the government to tell us how much to donate. That should be left to Higher Up.

  75. Hey SSA, I just got a call from +1(631) 238-3338 (apparently it’s from Montauk, NY) saying I was going to have my Social Security cancelled… only problem is, I’m still a student and haven’t paid into my Social Security. They even left a voicemail, but it was with a robotic voice. Just thought you all should know.

  76. Another call! Saying my SS # is being suspended due to heavy activity, money laundering & blah blah blah… I know this doesn’t happen to actually be SS calling, its scammers!!!!
    +18559324000 here is the number for this robo call

  77. my mom received a phone call sept 11, 2019 and they said that her SSN was used for suspeciuos acts on texas in el paso and we gave out the ssn what should we do my mom fears they might do something with her ssn
    Please help

  78. On September 16, 2019 I received a scam robocall very similar to the ones described above. I hung up without listening to the whole message and without saying anything. The number of the sender was: 1-281-062-9274

  79. I have been receiving a robo-call stating that an arrest warrant had been issued against me due to some sort of fraudulent activity on my SSN – from 2026435742

  80. I was receiving calls saying my SSN has been deactivated due to suspicious activity. My caller ID said “United States of America” so I took it seriously. I wasn’t able to call back the number, and I can’t remember exactly (it was a while back) but I think I was in Mexico and couldn’t dial a toll free number. I forgot about it after that, thinking if my number is really canceled, I’ll hear more from someone. Yesterday, I received a call saying something about a fraudulent income tax filing and that so far, I’m being linked with 4 crimes and that if I don’t call them within 4 hours, I will be taken into custody, except they didn’t say it like that – they said something like “Federal agents will come and arrest you” and I just thought “go ahead” because it wouldn’t take much investigating to see that I haven’t done anything, and I’m pretty sure if it was that serious, they wouldn’t be calling me. Anyway, I called the number they left – fast busy signal. I’d love to know what’s being done about this. It’s almost as if the government doesn’t care that people are getting scammed. I had a similar experience with a CraigsList scam – I called the police to report it, and they referred me to the FBI because internet crimes are Federal. She gave me a website address where I complete a report of the instance and that was that. I never heard another word. Very frustrating when people aren’t being protected because laws aren’t enforced because the government doesn’t have time and doesn’t care.

  81. Hi….Today I visited Social Security Administration to apply for a social security number. About an hour from the time I left the building, I received a call from 662 510 4195 claiming that my social security number will be cancelled because I got involved in money laundering. They went ahead to ask for my name and location, since am new in the United States, I thought the call was genuine. I gave them my name, level of study, date of birth and location. Kindly help

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