You hear about them on the news all the time, and if you are lucky you will never have to deal with them, however, scammers are becoming more and more common. Do you know how to protect yourself from these thieves? A new warning from the Social Security Administration (SSA) may help protect you and your benefits from the latest con targeting people with disabilities. Here’s what you need to know.
Could Scammers Steal Your Disability Benefits?
People with disability benefits have been receiving a new type of scam call recently. These calls are from people claiming they are from the SSA, but these callers are turning out to be imposters. They usually call and ask you for sensitive personal information—like your Social Security Number—or they direct you to a website where you can address a fictional problem with your account.
If the website you are directed to is any website other than ssa.gov, don’t trust it. If someone claims they need your personal information to solve a problem with your Social Security account, you can always call 1-800-772-1213 to verify the reason with the SSA directly. Don’t give out your info over the phone unless you know for sure who you are dealing with.
Using technology on the Internet, some of these phone scammers are even showing up with Washington, DC phone numbers. They are using official-sounding names and utilizing every trick in the book to get you to trust them. That means anyone who calls you asking for your information instead of you calling them needs to be treated with suspicion.
These con artists are even using sophisticated techniques to fake government websites and emails. If you are directed to a website over the phone or via email, be sure to check the email addresses and web addresses. Often these spoof emails and websites will be off by a letter or be completely misspelled. Keep a watchful eye out for these scams.
To learn more about how to protect yourself from scammers looking to steal your disability benefits, keep following the disability attorneys at Troutman & Troutman, P.C. We are looking out for you and stepping up to help Oklahomans in need.