If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration, it’s wise to be wary. The phone call may appear to be from the government, but thieves are behind the fraud and will ask for personal information or insist you send money.
Know How the Suspended Social Security Number Scam Works
The suspended Social Security number scam usually begins with a phone call or robocall. Criminals will often spoof the Social Security Administration number. This makes the caller ID show a call that looks like it is from the government. When you answer, a scammer will say your Social Security number has been suspended.
Ultimately, the scammer’s goal is to get your personal information. In addition to your Social Security number, this could include your birthday, bank account number or home address. The thief will typically want a payment from you to reactivate your Social Security number.
If you’re worried about a call from someone who claims to be from the Social Security Administration, get off the phone. Then call the real SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). If you’ve spotted a scam, then tell the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) at ftc.gov/complaint.