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Watch out for Social Security disability scams

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Firm News |

In the digital age, where personal information is more accessible than ever, Social Security Disability (SSD) scams have emerged as a prevalent threat to the unwary. These schemes attempt to prey on individuals when they are most in need, often leaving them feeling helpless, exploited and exposed. But knowledge is power, and by understanding the common tactics used by SSD scammers and how to fight them, you can secure yourself against these malicious threats.

Identifying the risk

Pursuing SSD benefits can be a complex and challenging time for many, a fact that scammers exploit to their advantage. By impersonating legitimate entities and fabricating official-seeming documents, they attempt to deceive applicants. Awareness is the first line of defense — the Social Security Administration estimates that up to 10% of SSD cases are flagged for potential fraud, underlining the importance of vigilance throughout the application process.

Proactive measures against SSD scams

Those who think they were targeted can take the following steps:

  • Stay calm and take stock: When faced with a potential SSD scam, maintaining composure is crucial. Reacting in haste can lead to missteps that scammers can capitalize on. Begin by compiling all pertinent information—emails, calls, and documents related to your SSD claim. These details will be useful as you deal with the situation.
  • Verify, then trust: Scammers are adept at crafting convincing lies, using sophisticated language and counterfeit logos to emulate authenticity. To avoid falling into their trap, scrutinize every detail for discrepancies. Reach out directly to the Social Security Administration to confirm the legitimacy of any dubious communication regarding your SSD benefits.
  • Safeguard your sensitive data: Acquiring personal data is the cornerstone of any scam. Therefore, be judicious about divulging sensitive details like your Social Security number, banking information, or passwords. When in doubt, err on the side of caution—legitimate entities will respect your need for security.
  • Sound the alarm: If you suspect you’re dealing with a scam, it’s essential to report it for your protection and as a civic duty to prevent others from falling victim. Notify the Federal Trade Commission and the Social Security Administration, offering detailed accounts and evidence of the fraudulent activity.

Don’t be afraid to get help

The best weapon against SSD scams is a combination of awareness and skepticism. Still, along with notifying the proper authorities, it is often useful to discuss the specific details of your situation with someone who understands how Social Security Disability scams work.