Scammers offering to help with disability applications

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Scammers are trying to get personal information from people by pretending to help with applications for disability benefits and claims. A recent alert from the Social Security Inspector General warns of this phishing scam, and — whether or not you’ve started an application for benefits — these scammers could contact you. 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.

If scammers get your information, you could face identity theft and benefit theft. So here are a few things you can do to help protect yourself:

  • Never give your Social Security number or account numbers to someone who calls you.
  • Don’t wire money or send money using a prepaid debit card. In fact, never pay someone who calls out of the blue.
  • If you have disability benefits, regularly check their status, and review your statements to make sure they’re right.

If you have questions about disability benefits, or get calls offering help with them, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213. And read up on more ways to combat phishing and identity theft.

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954-518-3206.
Beware of this phone number. These people called me almost everyday asking me to help me prepare for ss application. Dont know where they got my phone number.

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I think I have been hacked many times and have tried repeatedly to fix it, I'm positive in fact my phone and tablet at this very moment has just been completely, or I thought redone with no solution insight! I hate to just keep getting new Facebook accounts etc.!? When I was trying to type this very reply it almost wouldn't let me, I have to be very careful! P.S.Very Concerned!

You can report identity theft and get help at IdentityTheft.gov.

This FTC article explains what to do if your email was hacked.

sounds like maybe you should look into whether or not your operating system has been taken over which would cause all the websites you type in to be redirected to fake sites.

I am getting phone calls for other people saying if they don't call back they will be in trouble.

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Thank you for this information.

Very interesting article...

I received a call on my telephone yesterday that was a recorded message on this very topic. The phone number that came up on my phone: 248.304.7938

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

TD has overcharged me excessive debit card fees,and now they are. Taking my SSI check.

You could talk to someone at your bank, or call the customer service number. There is usually a number on the back of your debit card. You could explain the situation and ask if they offer different kinds of accounts that don't have as many fees, or if they have other ways to help you reduce fees.

NOW THIS IS A REAL PROBLEM! CAN'T THESE PEOPLE FIND A JOB OR FOLLOW THE LAW OF THE...... TO ALL THAT IS AFFECTED, WAKE UP PEOPLE. LEARN TO TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS AND MOST OF ALL.....? DON'T BE SO EASY TO BE INTIMIDATED OR MAKE A "FACELESS FRIEND".

I had a call last week from someone claiming to be from Social Security office. I do not know their name, but they asked me how to spell mine, my social security number, my birth dates and after I gave them the information I was told I would not be getting it nor would I be receiving a telephone call from an appointment call that was upcoming about SS Disabity. I was taken unaware since I was in the process of attempting to get SS Disabiluty. The number they called me from said it was disconnected and to call a SS number which they said on the voice recording. I feel concerned.

When someone pressures you to provide information, it's a sign of a scam. You can report the call to the Social Security Fraud Hotline and the FTC.

If you have questions about disability benefits, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.

I have been attracted for three years or more someone keeps controlling my time warner account every cell phonevi bring into my hom is uncontrilable i get letters in mail that im blind cant hear. Also my husbands name also lost him with cancer spent thiysand reports u name it i been there a box if cells and computers a book if enail and changed passwords not to say also this person hacks too use social media on my phone blocks me like a child really ick if someone hacks too social and I see a lit if numbers next too to help on here? Then he states wants his privacy in MY itams and he's being hacked?

How do I know if the agency is real or not?

If you have questions about disability benefits, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.

When you call the Social Security Administration yourself, you know you're talking to the real agency.

If someone calls and wants your social security number, or says you should send money, you can hang up. Call the real Social Security Administration to ask about benefits. Or, go to ssa.gov.

First off I m a victim of Identity theft and Freaud at this time since Oct 2015.

How nan one tell whether or not they are actually using my social as opposed to ,y existing accounts, changing my address, attempt to open new accounts with my personal info.

and they do know the last four digits of my social as well as my mother's maiden name? Thank you.

You can go to IdentityTheft.gov to report the identity theft. You can describe what happened, and you will get a personal plan to help you recover.

The site tells how to check your credit report to see if someone opened new credit, or is using your existing accounts. It tells how to place a credit freeze to stop people from opening new accounts.

some one call me Bryan Merches Bages number (BM1995) Ext 2024032236 jack Dixon 900 Bagby street Houston Teaxs 77002 Phone 202-403-2236 said not to pay back loan of 14,000

I recieved a text message twice now from a washington number saying my husband had an arrest warrant and a lawsuit has been filed against him. They were asking for us to pay it and if not my husband would be arrested. I contacted our local police department and they confirmed it was a scam. Never ever give out personal information over the phone !!

The really sad thing is that many of these scams are perpetrated by people outside of the US, which means you will never get your money back. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. I have had a number of calls to receive a government grant because I pay taxes and have never been incarcerated. When they start asking for your banking information or the prepaid card that they can add money to -- Hang up and block the number!

I had the very same experience except they were using a Apple iTunes gift card as a means to add the grant money on . STUPID!!! I even went and made the call to Apple to inform legal and ethical dept. and report the number the teenage agent could have cared less about infringement international laws and FTC. STUPID!!!!!

I want to inform you of a hack through my cellphone service. boost mobile. they are located in every part of the city of east St.louis and Missouri corner stores and gas stations in both states. all I want is to be able to retreive all my mail, when I send out coraspondence from other venders I pay my cellular bill on time each month . very dis satisfied with the way this service plane operrate company I pay every month for phone service and I not getting all of my usage from the airtime. my emails are being read and deleated from my mail. this may be a sign of terras

The first bullet of advice is bad because Social Security itself has to verify your identity before discussing your case with you, and the Social Security number is part of this verification. Again, the left hand doesn't know what the right one is doing when it comes to our Federal government.

If you call Social Security to discuss your care - and you know who you're talking with - you may need to give your Social Security number.

But if someone calls you out of the blue, and simply claims to be with Social Security, don't share your number. Hang up, and contact Social Security yourself.

My daughter receive a call from this number 2532047966 saying she is approve for $7000.00 and for her to get the money she has to buy an activation card and submit the code to her Kimmy! I called back the number and she totally hang up on me when I started asking her questions! Just want her number be reported to the right official so that she cannot do that to anyone again!

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

 

I just want to say that anytime one is online looking for something or one eg someone's webpage; expect a call soon after..... They even have phone #s with your area code and it doesn't matter whether one is on Do Not Call list. Please we all must be careful and report them if trying to scam us. And, never give out SS#. I got call a few days ago from a courier supposedly, number from who knows where, saying I need to b home due to SSA delivery of papers. Blocked number, did call back and asked for redelivery, nothing happened.... Makes me wonder....

I have gotten two voicemails telling me to call (914)294-6412 telling me that this is the final attempt to reach me before going before a magistrate judge or grand jury for a federal criminal offense and I need to call them to speak with a federal agent. No one ever answers though so I don't know what their game is.

I am receiving numerous calls from foreign callers telling me they either represent Washington or Dept of Education and say my name and then tell me that I either have a grant free money coming or they need my info to send me Disability or Social Security money? ?.

I said get off my phone and refused to verify anything and was cussed out. I reported to Social Security and dept of education and The FBI. They told me to contact Federal trade commission. Here are some of those numbers they even called all week after I Had Surgery. 201-221-3300,11111111,561-557-0921, 207-420-8904,202-090-0100,773-312-3371.

I was told by the FBI not to bother changing my phone number because they obviously received my info somehow from the Internet. I do not feel safe.Every day for the last couple of days they called again. Do Something about This

.You need to go to FTC.gov/complaint and make a formal complaint. Posting a comment here does no good, since this is simply a blog!

936-536-5958 this guy calls almost every week. Saying he is with Social Security something and this is a recorded call..I say "I'm not interested in filing for disability & that yall call me & as soon as I say I'm not interested yall hang up" then he hangs up....also called 944-647-0998.k

Very Interesting

I've had three calls TODAY! Two from the same company.

Warning:925-326-1766
This phone number keeps texting me about Social security disability ..they are scammers..please do not text them or call them back..I certainly hope that they will be procecuted for harassing innocent victims!!!

Jack from National Disability called... 781-599-22210 is what came up on caller ID. I told him never to call me again.

They call me repeatedly. They just called me 4 times in a row. I called back, but I get a message that according to my phone number i do not qualify for benefits. This is total harassment. I have registered with the Do Not Call registry and followed the instructions when calling their number to have them stop calling me. They still keep calling. The number is 6264950664. I have texted them to express my anger and the calls have increased. I blocked the numbers, they still manage to get through.

I have been receiving phone calls from 714-477-0942, 714-477-0974, 714-477-0964, several times a day for about a week, when I call back there is a recording saying thank you for calling National Disability. I haven't applied for disability. I am not answering when they call.

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