Better Understanding Disability Phone Scams


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Better Understanding Disability Phone Scams

Published on July 6th, 2020 by Eric Slepian

Those who are in the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits need to be aware of potential scammers. While you may think that you understand the types of scams that come to fruition, there’s no such thing as being overly prepared. Recent scammers have been preying on the emotion of fear to ultimately take money from their victims. From pretending a sheriff is on the way to your home to arrest you to paying fake government debt, there are many avenues a con artist may take to take advantage of others. Once they have the information that they need, they’ll be able to swiftly take action and take money from your accounts.

In fact, in 2019 alone, there was a reported loss of $17 million and people filed ~73,000 reports of Social Security imposters. The Federal Trade Commission notes that Social Security scams are the top scam reported to them at the moment.

Exploiting Fear

Many con artists will prey on elderly victims to get access to their funds. Scammers have recently been using an imposter robocall that tricks victims into giving up their Social Security number. Victims are told that their number and their Social Security benefits are going to be taken away from them if they don’t provide their information. The phone call sounds legitimate and may direct you to push a number key on your phone. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to remember the following:

  • When in doubt, simply hang up! You have the power to end the conversation without giving away any important information.
  • Your Social Security number is not in danger and it is not about to be suspended.
  • The Social Security Administration would not ask for such important information from you over the phone.
  • The Social Security Administration would not encourage you to wire money, put money on a gift card or send cash.
  • Your SSA benefits are safe and secure.

Contact Us with Questions

Our SSI lawyers in Tucson, AZ understand the fear that accompanies a threat revolving around your Social Security number. In the case that you receive a phone call, email, text message, etc. about providing your Social Security number or bank account, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we will point you in the right direction.

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