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Social Security Suspension Scams

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Telephone and email scammers are pretending to be government employees. They may threaten you and demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or other legal action. 

Suspicious Calls

If you receive a suspicious call, don't be fooled! Follow these steps:

  1. Hang up.
  2. Do not give money or personal information.
  3. Report the scam at

Visit Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to learn more about the latest updates with regard to Social Security Suspension and other scams.

What To Look Out For

  • The caller says there is a problem with your Social Security number or account.
  • Any call asking you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, wire transfers, pre-paid debit cards, internet currency, or by mailing cash.
  • Scammer pretend they're from Social Security or another government agency. Caller ID or documents sent by email may look official but they are not.
  • Caller threaten you with arrest or other legal action.

Be Alert

Social Security may call you in some situations, but will never:

  • Threaten you.
  • Suspend your Social Security number.
  • Demand immediate payment form you.
  • Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer.
  • Ask for gift card numbers over there phone or to wire or mail cash.

Take Action

Protect yourself, friends, and family!

  • If you receive a questionable call, hang up and report it at
  • Don't return unknown calls.
  • Ask someone you trust for advice before making any large purchase or financial decision.
  • Don't be embarrassed to report if you shared personal information or suffered a financial loss.
  • Share this information with others.

Learn more

Visit to learn more, or click the link below to download the Social Security Adminstration's factsheet on how to protect yourself from Social Security Scams

Contact SHIIP–SMP if you have been approached or contacted by anyone you suspect to be a scammer at 1-800-351-4664 (TTY 1-800-735-2942).