Scam Targets Social Security Disability and Retirement Benefit RecipientsBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on February 26, 2013 | In Social Security Disability
A new scam targeting Social Security Disability (SSD) and Social Security retirement benefits recipients is in the works, according to a recent ABC News report. Those who are applying for benefits may also be targeted, so it’s wise to be aware of what’s being said when someone contacts you about your benefits – and to speak to an experienced Southern California Social Security Disability benefits attorney if you’re confused or suspicious.
According to the news report, the scam involves a telephone call from a company called “Internet Solutions,” although other names might also be used. The person on the other end of the phone explains that the target has been selected for a grant program, open only to SSD or retirement recipients. The grant could allegedly pay a substantial monthly sum, with at least one person offered an additional $2,000 per month for the next year.
But there’s a catch: to cash in on the fake “grant.” During the phone call, the caller may ask for a payment and contact information, such as your name, address, or credit card information. Giving money or personal information to anyone you don’t know or whose credentials you cannot verify, such as someone who calls you, is never a good idea, say experts.
In fact, no such “grant” as the one offered in the scam phone call exists. If you or your attorney have not applied for a grant, you should be suspicious of phone calls or letters announcing you’ve earned one – especially if they ask for money or personal information. Don’t share any information until you’ve shared the contents of the call or letter with your Social Security benefits lawyer to determine whether the offer is real.