Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. Attorneys at Law

SOCIAL SECURITY PHONE SCAM

Social Security phone scams are widespread around the USA. The newest round of scams shows that telephone scammers may send fake emails to convince victims that to give them what they want. These emails may contain letters that appear to be on official SSA letterhead. These scammers claim that there is identify theft or some problems with a person's Social Security number (SSN). They will threaten legal action or sometimes claim they can increase your retirement or disability benefits or resolve your identity theft. They will often demand money in the form of a retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, pre-paid debit card, or internet currency (e.g. Bitcoin).

These scammers are simply trying to scam you out of your hard-earned money or disability benefits. Please be vigilant and remember that the Social Security Administration will never:

1. Threaten you with arrest or legal action

2. Promise a benefit increase in exchange for payment

3. Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card; or

4. Send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email

If you receive one of these calls, hang up or do not respond. You can report Social Security phone scams using Social Security's dedicated online form at https://oig.ssa.gov.

As representatives advocating for those with disabilities, we understand this is a trying time. Our office is open for calls and online assistance and continue to help the disabled. If you have a claim for disability and need assistance, please call our office and speak with one of our qualified representatives or attorneys. Gardberg and Kemmerly is committed to helping the injured and disabled in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana, if you need help with a disability claim, call the office at 343-1111 for a free consultation.

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