Social Security sent out a warning regarding a new scheme where callers will contact Social Security recipients and impersonate a Social Security employee in an attempt to steal their monthly benefits. The caller poses as a Social Security employee calling about an adjustment to their benefits due to cost of living adjustments. They will then get information like Social Security numbers, bank accounts, mother’s maiden name, date of birth, etc to gain access to their file at Social Security. They will then contact Social Security and change the direct deposit information so that their victim’s checks are deposited in their bank accounts.
When to Expect Calls From Social Security
After you are awarded benefits, Social Security will rarely reach out to somebody via phone. In the rare occasions they do it is for customer service purposes. For these calls they will not ask for your personal information. Any other time Social Security calls they will typically notify you beforehand with a letter or some other type of correspondence.
What You Can Do
It is important to not give out your personal information over the phone unless you can verify it is from a reputable source. If you receive a suspicious call Social Security urges you to report the information to OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.
Call a Disability Lawyer
If you need to apply for Social Security disability benefits, call a local Utah disability lawyer. With all the schemes surrounding the disabled it is important to know your claim is being handled properly. As always there is $0 upfront and we will only accept a fee if we are able to get you the benefits you deserve. Call today for your free consultation.