New Online Method Available to Report Imposter Social Security Scam CallsBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on December 4, 2019 | In Social Security Benefits
You may have received one of these bogus calls at home, whether or not you are receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits or other Social Security payments. In this scam, callers fraudulently identifying themselves as from the Social Security Administration (SSA) try to mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments. They attempt to deceive you by threatening arrest for purported Social Security number problems.
The SSA has announced that these scams are now the #1 type of fraud reported to its agency as well as the Federal Trade Commission.
The Social Security Administration Wants To Hear From You
If you have received any type of phone call that claims to be from the SSA and that you believe is fraudulent, please report it. And now it is easy to do so.
Via a dedicated online form located at https://oig.ssa.gov, the SSA will accumulate data from all those who report these scams. The SSA and the Office of the Inspector General will use this data to root out any common factors and trends. They will look for investigative leads to help identify criminals either participating in or facilitating the scams.
The goal of the agency’s analysis is to help reduce this type of fraud and the number of victims as well as to disrupt the scammers’ activities.
Online Reporting Tool Easy To Use
When you visit the scam reporting website, you will be invited to create a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) so if the agency calls you about your report, you will know that their call is legitimate.
Report any Social Security scams including:
· Live callers
At the website, you will be asked for the following information:
· Scammer call date
· Any financial loss you experienced with amount and payment information, including wire payments
· Where did you send the payment – name, and address
· What type of contact you received
How To Handle a Fraudulent SSA Call
The SSA may call you by phone, but usually, the call is part of a conversation that you have initiated; for example, if you have recently applied for a benefit. They will never threaten a person or promise anything to do with a Social Security benefit in exchange for money or information.
Our best advice on handling a scammer call – just hang up and ignore it!
If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Call our Los Angeles County office at 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.