Don’t Get Scammed: Unsolicited Offers to Help With Your Social Security Disability Claim

Don’t Get Scammed: Unsolicited Offers to Help With Your Social Security Disability Claim

S. E. Williams | Voice Executive Editor

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns of scammers trying to get personal information from people by pretending to help with applications for disability benefits and claims.

In fact, whether you have started an application for benefits or not, these scammers could still contact you, often taking a shot in the dark, hoping you have started an application in hopes you will give them a little more information over the phone to “complete the process.”

They might ask you to give, or confirm, your Social Security number and/or bank account information. Of course, if the scammers successfully get your information, you could face identity theft and/or benefit theft.

Here are a few things you can do to help protect yourself.

Never give your Social Security number or account numbers to someone who calls you.

Do not wire money or send money using a prepaid debit card. In fact, never pay someone who calls out of the blue. If you have disability benefits, regularly check your status, and review your statements to make sure they are correct.

If you feel pressured to provide your information, officials advise this is a sure sign of a scam. Hang up immediately and report it to the Social Security Fraud Hotline and the FTC.

If you have questions about disability benefits, or get calls offering help with them, call the Social Security Administration at 1 (800) 772-1213.

Follow these links to learn more about ways to combat phishing and identity theft.

 

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