Q-Why do I need to watch out for Social Security Related Scams?
A-It would be much more efficient and beneficial for me and my clients if we could pick up the phone and connect with a representative of the Social Security Administration (SSA) to have our questions answered during the course of the case and claim. This is just not realistic. Do not expect SSA to call you either. That is extremely rare.
Most people are going to listen to a call when the person on the other end says “your social security number has been cancelled.”
So, if you receive a phone call from someone stating they are with the SSA, be VERY CAUTIOUS.
Here are a few ways scammers try to get to your social security number and other identifying information:
- If there is a problem with your Social Security number, in almost all cases, the SSA will contact you by letter. Never provide information over the phone or on line.
- The SSA will never call you promising you benefit approval or an increase in benefits, in exchange for information or money from you.
- The SSA will never contact you to tell you that your Social Security number has been suspended.
You may report a scam to http://OIG.SSA.gov. This is the Office of the Inspector General of the SSA. It has been reported that scamming of recipients of disability or retirement benefits has skyrocketed in 2018 and 2019 to become the number one (1) type of fraud reported to the SSA and to The Federal Trade Commission.
In the first six months of 2019 people filed 73,000 reports about social security fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commissioner, with losses totaling $17 million!