Navigating the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be challenging. Unfortunately, scammers often take advantage of individuals seeking support.
It is important to be aware of potential scams that could jeopardize your financial well-being.
1. Impersonation calls
Scammers frequently employ the tactic of impersonating Social Security Administration officials through phone calls. These fraudsters claim there is an issue with your Social Security number or benefits and request personal information to verify your identity. Remember, the SSA will never call you out of the blue to request sensitive information.
2. Bogus benefit seminars
Some scammers organize fake seminars or workshops, pretending to provide guidance on SSD benefits. They may charge a fee for access to these events, promising exclusive information or expedited application processes. Legitimate information about SSD is freely available online or through SSA offices.
3. Phishing emails and websites
Watch out for phishing emails claiming to be from the SSA. These messages often include urgent requests for personal information or contain links to fraudulent websites designed to mimic the official SSA site. Always verify the sender’s email address and avoid clicking on suspicious links. Official SSA correspondence typically comes through traditional mail, not email.
4. Fake medical assessments
Scammers may offer fake medical assessments or examinations, claiming they can guarantee approval for SSD benefits. Remember that the SSA relies on medical evidence from qualified healthcare professionals. Be cautious of any service requiring payment for medical evaluations, as this is not a legitimate part of the application process.
In 2022, nearly 9 million people received Almost 9.0 million received Social Security benefits based on disability, enabling them to have a better quality of life. Unfortunately, scammers work behind the scenes to disrupt deserved benefits.