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Social Security Scams Alert

Social Security Scams Alert - The Beacon

03-2012

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By: Jackie

Social Security Scams Alert

While the Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced good news for Social Security and SSI recipients—they are receiving a 3.6% cost of living increase this year—scammers are taking advantage of this news.  Here are some social security scams making the rounds in which the scammers identify themselves as employees of SSA:

1)  Telling consumers their personal information needs to be updated.  Do not give out any information to them.  The SSA already has your information and doesn’t need to call you to get it.

 2)  Telling consumers they qualify for more benefits and all they have to do is pay a filing fee.  The SSA does not charge a filing fee.

3)  Telling consumers they can apply for a “lump sum” cost of living raise for the years 2010 and 2011 amounting to about $3000.  To receive the “lump sum,” they tell seniors that they have to fill out a new “tax form.”  If seniors fill out the form, the scammers have access to all their personal identifying information which can lead to identity theft.

4)  Scammers offer to provide, for a fee, services for the consumer such as applying for a social security number for a new baby, obtaining an earnings statement, etc., services that are provided for free by the SSA.

As always, if you receive a phone call or piece of mail you have a question about, feel free to contact your BBB at 812-473-0202 or visit us online at evansville.bbb.org.

For more information, see:

BBB News Avoid Social Security Scams

BBB Says Beware of Social Security Scams

Social Security Recipients Warned of Scams

Top Ten Red Flags: How to Spot Fraud Against Seniors

Check out Scam Source

Working to Combat Medicare Fraud

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Jackie

Jackie is the Operations and Education Foundation Assistant with the BBB. She assists consumers with business inquiries, and does presentations to senior groups and high school students. She is a regular contributor to the blog.