It seems that there has been a rise in scammers posing as Social Security or other government employees in the past few years. It is important to be aware of these scams and how to avoid becoming a victim.
Scammers often claim there is a problem with your Social Security number or benefits and occasionally will threaten you with arrest of legal action. It is important to know that Social Security will never:
• Threaten you with arrest or legal action if you don’t agree to pay money immediately
• Promise a benefit increase in exchange for money
• Ask you to send gift cards, prepaid debit cards, wire transfers, internet currency, cryptocurrency, or cash through the U.S. mail
If you receive a phone call from anyone who identifies themselves as a Social Security employee and asks you for any of these things, you need to:
• Hang up right away or ignore the message
• Never give personal information or money
• Report the scam immediately to the Social Security Office of the Inspector General
It is particularly essential for people on Social Security Disability to be aware of these scams and report any scam phone calls.
For more information on Social Security Disability Benefits and Supplemental Security Income, contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney at Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. represents Social Security disability claimants in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana at all levels of the disability process from initial application to appeals to Federal Court. Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. has been helping Social Security claimants with their disability claims for over 30 years.