Can Your SSN Be Suspended?

Why is my Social Security number suspended?

Scammers are saying your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity, or because it’s been involved in a crime.

Sometimes, the scammer wants you to confirm your SSN to reactivate it.

You don’t have to verify your number to anyone who calls out of the blue..

What can a scammer do with my Social Security number?

A dishonest person who has your Social Security number can use it to get other personal information about you. Identity thieves can use your number and your good credit to apply for more credit in your name. Then, they use the credit cards and don’t pay the bills, it damages your credit.

What if my scammer has my Social Security number?

Report the theft of the Social Security number to the IRS at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection. You can also call 1-800-908-4490. That will prevent tax-fraud thieves from filing tax returns in your name — and collecting your tax refund.

How would I know if someone is using my Social Security number?

To see if your Social Security number is being used by someone else for employment purposes, review your Social Security Statement at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount to look for suspicious activity. Finally, you’ll want to use additional scrutiny by regularly checking your bank and credit card accounts online.

Can my Social Security number be suspended?

Thing is, Social Security numbers do not get suspended. This is just a variation of a government imposter scam that’s after your SSN, bank account number, or other personal information.

Does Social Security ever contact you by phone?

The SSA will never (ever) call and ask for your Social Security number. … And it won’t call to threaten your benefits. Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling. Computers make it easy to show any number on caller ID.

Can I change my SSN?

The Social Security Administration generally does not encourage or allow citizens to change their Social Security numbers, except under certain circumstances. You can change your SSN if you can prove that using your existing number will cause you harm, such as in cases of abuse or harassment.

How do I restart my suspended Social Security benefits?

You can ask Social Security to resume payments at any time until you turn 70. If you haven’t done it by then, Social Security will automatically reinstate your benefits in the higher amount.

Does the Social Security office call you if there’s a problem?

— Someone from Social Security may call you if you’re working with the agency on some issue or claim. But just to make sure it’s truly the SSA contacting you, hang up and call SSA’s main number at (800) 772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Also, don’t trust the number you see coming up on your caller ID.

Where do I report fake Social Security calls?

The Social Security Administration’s main number is 1-800-772-1213. You should also report fraudulent calls. You can report them to the inspector general by calling the hotline number or going online. You also can report it to the F.T.C. on a complaint website, identitytheft.gov/ssa, dedicated to Social Security scams.

Can someone access my bank account with my Social Security number?

Open financial accounts Your Social Security number is the most important piece of personal information a bank needs when extending you credit or opening an account. With that number, a thief can get credit cards or loans, and when it comes time to repay them, they won’t, damaging your credit in the process.

What can someone do with last 4 digits of SSN?

Not only can they open credit in your name, steal your money and government benefits, they can also obtain medical care and tax refunds in your name. Guard your “Final Four.” Although they are widely used and shared, the last four digits of your SSN are the most important to protect. When asked by others, just say no.

How do I stop fake Social Security calls?

Do hang up on illegal robocalls.Do add all your numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry operated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). … Do explore free and low-cost call-blocking options, such as apps and services that screen calls and weed out spam and scams. … Do verify the caller.More items…•

Are calls from Social Security legit?

If you want to contact SSA, call the customer-service line at 800-772-1213. Don’t assume a call is legitimate because it appears to come from 800-772-1213. Scammers use “spoofing” technology to trick caller ID. Don’t give your Social Security number or other personal information to someone who contacts you by email.