The Social Security Administration (SSA) has received reports of fraudulent telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Social Security Administration.
In these calls, unknown individuals are using threatening language to suggest to unknowing victims that they will be arrested or face other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue. In some instances, these unknown callers switch tactics and communicate that they want to help an individual with activating a suspended Social Security number. Such calls are a scam, and are not coming from official SSA representatives.
Do not engage with such callers, and report any suspicious calls to Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271 or submitting a report on the OIG website. You can also read and share the Social Security Matters blog, which provides more information on the nature of these fraudulent calls, as well as instructions on how to report such activity.