The Federal Trade Commission released a report about the many scammers that are trying to get personal information from people by pretending to help with applications for disability benefits and claims.
A person may call you pretending to be "the Social Security Administration" and want to complete your disability application by asking for personal information, i.e. checking account, social security number, birth date, etc.
"A recent alert from the Social Security Inspector General warns of this phishing scam!. They’re taking a shot in the dark, hoping that you have started an application, and hoping you’ll give them a little more info over the phone. To “complete the process,” they might ask you to give, or confirm, your Social Security number or bank account numbers."
So PROTECT yourself!
- Never give your Social Security number or account numbers to someone who calls you, this is different from you telephoning an attorney for help.
- Don’t wire money or send money using a prepaid debit card. In fact, never pay someone who calls out of the blue, Disability Attorney's get paid a contingency fee and very rarely will ask for money to be wired or to be paid up front, this is only done in over payment type cases.
- If someone calls you and pressures you to provide your information? Hang up immediately and report it to the Social Security Fraud Hotline and the FTC.