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Watch out for Social Security Disability scammers

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2024 | Firm News, Social Security Disability

In the digital age, scams have become increasingly prevalent, particularly those targeting individuals who receive Social Security disability benefits. These scams can cause significant harm, leading to financial loss and emotional distress. Still, knowledge is power, and by understanding the common tricks used by SSD scammers and how to fight them, you can protect yourself against these malicious threats. Reporting them can also help raise the alarm so others are aware.

Common scams

They come up with new tricks all the time, but the scams often fall into one of these categories:

  1. Impersonation scams: Scammers may pose as Social Security Administration (SSA) employees, often threatening victims with arrest or legal action if they do not provide personal information or make a payment.
  2. Phishing scams: These cons typically involve emails or text messages that appear to be from the SSA, often asking for personal information under the guise of updating or verifying records.
  3. Overpayment scams: Scammers may claim that the SSA has overpaid the victims and must repay the excess amount immediately, often through unconventional methods such as gift cards or wire transfers.
  4. Identity theft: Thieves may use your personal information, such as your Social Security number, to open new accounts or make fraudulent transactions in your name.

What to do if you suspect something

It’s crucial to stay calm, gather all relevant information, and avoid hasty reactions. Always verify the authenticity of any communication related to your SSD benefits by contacting the Social Security Administration directly. Protect your personal data and refrain from sharing sensitive details unless absolutely necessary. If you suspect a scam, report it immediately to the Federal Trade Commission and the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General.

Remember, the SSA will never threaten you, demand immediate payment, require payment by gift card or wire transfer, or ask for your personal information via email or text. If you receive a suspicious call or message, hang up or do not respond, and report it. Stay vigilant and protect yourself from scams.


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