Ask - Can Your Social Security Number be Suspended?

What you should know if someone threatens to suspend your Social Security number.
Updated 1 February 2022
Ask - Can Your Social Security Number be Suspended?


Can your Social Security number actually be suspended?

Nope, never. Your SSN can not be suspended, and the Social Security Administration will never call you and threaten to cancel or suspend your Social Security number. This is a common imposter phone or email scam. The script goes something like this:

This is the Department of the Social Security Administration. The
reason of this call is to inform you that your Social Security number has
been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity.

If you do not contact us immediately, your account will be deactivated.
For more information about this case file, press 1 or call immediately our
department number.....

Scammers use a similar tactic when they impersonate other government organizations and businesses like:

If you get this call, don't panic. The best thing you can do is nothing—don't press 1 or call back the number. You can report suspicious behavior related to the Social Security Administration or to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) online or by calling 1 (800) 269-0271.

Contact Details

Social Security Administration

Phone: 1-800-772-1213
Phone: 1-800-269-0271

Verified Contact Details

It's important to verify links and contact details to beat imposters.

Read our comprehensive guide on beating Social Security scams for more detailed information. If you think you have shared personal information with a scammer, contact the SSA on the details above.

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