[Read: How Much You Will Get From Social Security.] Spot the Social Security Fraud Red Flags If you receive a call informing you that your Social Security number has been suspended, you can rest assured it is not true. Social Security numbers do not get suspended. "Any call that states your Social Security number is under suspension is a scam," says Robert Siciliano, a cybersecurity expert for ETF Managers Group in Summit, New Jersey. Thieves are hoping you'll be scared and turn to them when they offer help. "In reality these scammers are trying to steal your information," Siciliano says. While the SSA may make phone calls, the organization states its employees will never threaten you for information. SSA employees won't say you could be arrested if you don't share your personal banking records and do not make threats about taking legal action if you fail to answer their questions. The SSA doesn't ask for payment to be made in gift cards either. Take Steps to Protect Your Personal Information If you receive a call that appears to be from the SSA, but aren't sure what to do, begin by hanging up. "Look up the publicly listed number for this agency and call them back directly at that number," says Jason Glassberg, co-founder of Casaba Security in Redmond, Washington. After getting a scam call, look at your phone's blocking feature. "If at all possible, block that number to prevent it from calling you back," Schaffer says. You can also report the issue to the Federal Trade Commission by filing an imposter scam complaint online. [Read: How to Avoid Medicare Scams.] Don't Share Your Social Security Number To keep your identity and retirement funds safe, avoid sharing your Social Security number with strangers, even if they appear professional, friendly or helpful. "Unlike the scammers' claims, the Social Security number never expires, never dies," Glassberg says. "Anyone who loses their Social Security number to a criminal could be victimized for the rest of their life. It's very serious." Even if you get a call that sounds like it's not a fake, it's good practice to not give your Social Security number to anyone who calls and asks for it. "Instead, hang up and go on with your day," Siciliano says.