VIDEO-LISTEN: This is what the Social Security robocall scam sounds like


Kevin Foster | December 28, 2018 at 11:13 AM CST - Updated December 28 at 7:08 PM

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It’s the call we’ve all been dreading. This year alone hundreds of people have complained about unwanted robocalls constantly interrupting their lives.

Officials with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have released a recording of a popular robocall scam in which offenders pretend to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. Listen to the audio in the clip below.

This is what a Social Security scam sounds like

The scam consists of SSA impostors calling potential victims to inform them their Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity, or because it’s been involved in a crime. The victim’s caller ID often shows the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) when these scammers call.

In some cases the impostor may say your bank account is about to be seized, but they will tell you what to do to keep it safe. Often times, that involves putting your money on gift cards and giving them the codes – which, of course, means that your money will be stolen.

According to the FTC the scam has grown from around 3,200 reports of SSA impostor scams, with victims losing nearly $210,000 in 2017, to 35,000 reports, with victims losing $10 million in 2018.

The FTC encourages people to remember the following information about these scams:

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