Social Security disability and retirement benefit recipients need to be aware that there are scammers out there who are trying to steal their money. According to a recent NBC2 news article, many benefit recipients have been dealing with this issue lately, especially after the Social Security Administration (SSA) started directly depositing all benefit funds directly into recipients' accounts in recent months. Once a scammer gets ahold of a recipient's social security number and debit card information, they can simply have the funds redirected to their own bank accounts using the SSA website. According to the April 22 news story, the SSA officials stated that the federal agency was getting about 50 reports a day of this type of scam. They also stated that since August 2012, about 19,000 people had their money stolen.
There are many ways that individuals can obtain your social security number and debit card information. One of them is through telephone scams. The scammer calls the person who receives SSD payments pretending to be someone else and asks for the individual's personal information. Some phone scams targeting SSD recipients even seek direct payment right there on the spot. In one example that was highlighted in a KLKN-TV ABC news story, a woman got a call from a man who claimed to be from a company called Internet Solutions. The man told her that the company was offering qualified individuals a grant in which they could receive $2,000 a month over the next year. He said that individuals who qualified tended to be 70 years old and recipients of either Social Security or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The caller said the woman would need to pay $750 in order to receive the grant, with the first check valuing $2,500. The woman, who knew that grants do not requirement payments, immediately recognized it was a scam and refused the offer. She then alerted the media so that other could be aware of the scam.
It is important for SSD and Social Security retirement benefit recipients to remember that they should not provide individuals with their personal information over the phone when they cannot verify the identity of the caller. Individuals should be particularly cautious of those who try to offer deals that seem too good to be true, such as opportunities that offer individuals free money.
If you believe that you might be a victim of a scam that targets SSD recipient, you should immediately speak with an attorney. At the Law Office of Jack G. Lezman, P.A., we have a Charlotte Social Security disability lawyer who can assist you in getting you matter straightened out. Contact our office today so we can provide you with a free case evaluation.