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How Can I Protect Myself From Social Security Scams?

Did you know that Social Security scams are the number one type of fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission? These scams often mislead seniors into believing that they need to make cash or gift card payments. They prey on fears that they must make these payments to avoid arrest for Social Security related issues. To avoid becoming a victim of Social Security scams, it is important to understand how these scams work. It is also important to understand what Social Security employees will and will not do when contacting you. How Social Security Scams Work Social Security scams work well because they use fear tactics to convince seniors to take action. These scam artists often call and state that they suspended the Social Security number pending legal action. They then bait individuals into submitting payments to avoid arrest or legal action. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Social Security…
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Are Scammers Trying to Steal Your Disability Benefits?

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…
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Could Identity Theft Affect Your Social Security Disability Benefits?

It is the holiday season once more, and though this time of year can be filled with good cheer, it’s also the time of the year scammers are most active. These individuals will try to steal your personal information in order bilk you and the federal government out of money. And if you are not careful, some forms of identity theft could even affect your Social Security disability benefits. How Identity Theft Could Put Your Social Security Disability Benefits at Risk In November of 2015, a woman on SSDI received a letter from the Social Security Administration. The letter requested that she send the administration her tax returns for the years 2011,2012 and 2013, but the woman had filed no tax returns those years. She eventually realized that someone had used her Social Security information to file fraudulent tax returns, which showed up as gainful income to the SSA. The…
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