Posted: 1/11/2017

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Disability applicants should be on the lookout for phishing scams designed to get their personal information. Scammers, pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) or claiming to help applicants apply for benefits, have stolen personal information from victims that trust these con artists.

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Disability applicants should be on the lookout for phishing scams designed to get their personal information. Scammers, pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) or claiming to help applicants apply for benefits, have stolen personal information from victims that trust these con artists. The perpetrators use emails, phone calls, text messages, and written communication to find out individual’s social security number (SSN), bank account information, or other information in order to commit fraud.

Consumers should be on guard and learn steps to protect themselves from falling victim to these schemes. Check out a few tips that can help:

  • Never give your SSN, banking, or personal account information to anyone that contacts you out of the blue.
  • If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the SSA, do not give any information to them without verifying who they are. Call the SSA directly at (800) 772-1213 for assistance and to get answers to your disability benefit concerns.
  • Don’t give in to pressure to provide information. If the person contacting you is trying to strong-arm you into providing personal information, report it to the police or local authorities right away. Contact the SSA fraud hotline at (800) 269-0271 or visit their website to report fraud.

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Tags: disability, scams, Social Security Administration

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