Baltimore Social Security Disability Lawyers Warn of Phishing ScamMay 19, 2016
Filing for Social Security disability benefits requires many steps, so it is no surprise that many individuals seek the help of a third party when it comes to this complex process. Even less surprising is that there are many scammers who try to get sensitive information off of disabled people who are in the application process. Recently, the Social Security Inspector General has warned of a new scam that has compromised the identities and benefits of many. Scammers will take a cold calling “shot in the dark” approach and call a list of numbers in hopes of finding an individual in the process of filing for an application of benefits. Once they come into contact with someone, they will ask for things such as their Social Security numbers or bank account numbers for “confirmation.”
With instances of identity theft and benefit theft quite common, it is important to remember the following tips should a suspected scammer ever contact you:
- Never give your Social Security number or bank account numbers to someone who calls you out of the blue.
- If you already have benefits from disability, make sure to check their status and review your statements.
- Do not wire or send money using a prepaid debit card.
Remember, that if you ever feel pressured to provide your personal information, it is usually the sure sign of a scam. Be sure to report suspected scams to the Social Security Fraud Hotline and the FTC.
Maryland Social Security Disability Lawyers: Experienced Legal Help With Applying For Benefits and Denied Claims
Social Security scams like this can be easily avoided. The experienced Maryland Social Security disability lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton can help you through the complex application process or if your claim has been denied. If you or a loved one has had your Social Security benefits denied and seek appeal, our team of well-seasoned lawyers is here for you. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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