The Social Security disability program helps those who have experienced injuries that leave them unable to work. Unfortunately, scammers know how to take advantage of this program and have tricks up their sleeves to prey on people at their lowest. If you’re a Social Security disability applicant, keep an eye out for these common Social Security scams.
Common Social Security Scams
One of the most common Social Security scams, phone fraud involves a scammer impersonating someone from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to obtain your private information and sell you a service the SSA provides for free. Scammers will use names of real employees or disguise their phone number to show up as the SSA on caller ID. To avoid this scam, listen to the caller’s tone of voice and be wary if they sound threatening or urgent. Keep in mind which services the SSA provides, so you don’t get duped.
With mail fraud, scammers will replicate official correspondence from the SSA and send it to you via mail. Older individuals are usually victims of this scheme. The letters will be sent on official-looking letterhead and usually contain forms that explain how targets are entitled to “extra benefits.” However, if the letter is asking for a check or bank account number, it’s a scam.
Phishing is one of the newer forms of Social Security scams. Instead of sending physical mail, the scammer can send an email from an address that looks official. They often use email signatures or attachments that have the SSA seal. To identify a phishing scam, look at the sender’s email address. It will usually have typos or alternate spellings, such as “email@example.com” instead of “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Also look out for grammar or spelling issues within the email’s message.
Protect Your SSD Claim with Experienced Legal Services
Navigating a Social Security disability claim by yourself can be overwhelming. With scammers lurking at every corner, it’s important to have someone on your side. If you’re filing a Social Security disability claim, you’ll want an experienced lawyer to help you avoid being scammed. Fortunately, the team at Lanzotti & Rau is here to help. Our legal experts are ready to help you gain compensation for your disability. Schedule your free consultation today by calling us at 573-335-9300.