Beware of Phone Scam that Targets Beneficiaries

A television station in Lincoln, Nebraska had an interesting story last month about a scam targeting people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. According to KLKN-TV, a resident named Pam Mosley received a phone call from someone claiming to be an employee with “Internet Solutions,” saying she was eligible for a $2,000 per month “grant” if she could prove that she was drawing either Social Security Income (SSI) or SSDI.

Mosley said the man calling her said that if she paid him $750, she would receive the monthly check. Mosley knew something was fishy and hung up, calling the television station and reporting the fraud. “Be careful, especially if you’re on a fixed income and elderly, you know, I don’t want to see anyone get hurt because we are already fighting hard enough as it is (for benefits)”, Mosley told KLKN.

Never Give Out Personal Information

Mosley was wise in this case. Under no circumstances should you ever send money or give personal information to people you do not know. If someone asks you if you receive benefits over the phone, you should be suspicious.

It is unfortunate that people would try to take advantage of beneficiaries. Most SSA correspondences’ happen through the mail; if there is anything done over the phone, it is usually occurs when a person receiving benefits makes a call.

There are only three ways a person can apply for SSDI benefits: at your local Social Security office, over the phone by calling 1-800-772-1213 or online through the Social Security Administration website.

We do not want to see you victimized. If you have questions about an application for disability benefits, do not hesitate to contact our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers for a free consultation. You may also reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys

Troutman Touts: If you suspect that someone is trying to fraudulently take your SSDI benefits, you should contact the SSA immediately.

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