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Social Security Disability and Phishing

Social Security Disability and Phishing - The Beacon

04-2016

By: Amanda

Social Security Disability and Phishing

It seems that scammers leave no stone unturned, and they will even use the application process to see if you’ve filed for disability benefits under Social Security.  Your BBB®, the Social Security Inspector General, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) want to alert you to the latest phishing scheme whereby these people want to obtain your personal information. 

According to the FTC, they’re shooting in the dark and trying to cast a very broad net in hopes that they may catch someone who has begun the process of applying for disability benefits. 

So if you receive an unsolicited e-mail supposedly from Social Security stating that you need to complete the process, and they provide a link to the website, don’t click on it!  Social Security won’t contact you via the phone either; instead, you will receive information through direct mail from the Social Security Administration.  These scammers may even provide phone numbers for you to call, but again, don’t call the numbers.  You will be asked to either provide or confirm your Social Security number and/or bank account information.  If you’re requested to send or wire money, don’t do it!  If you’re pressured to provide sensitive personal information, that’s a red flag. 

If you do provide such information, you could be a victim of identity theft or benefit theft. 

If you’re still uncertain about the offer, contact Social Security at (800) 772-1213 or visit your local Social Security Office.  You may read the article regarding this topic by visiting https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/scammers-offering-help-disability-applications?utm_source=govdelivery.

For more information from your BBB, visit bbb.org/evansville where you can Start With Trust®.

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Amanda

Amanda is the Director of Bureau Affairs and is a regular contributor to the consumer education blog. She is one of our go-to colleagues for answering complex consumer inquires. Amanda also manages our charity reporting program.