November 21, 2018

NEW PHISHING SCHEME IS TARGETING SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY RECIPIENTS

A new scheme is targeting social security recipients nationwide. The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Office of the Inspector General(OIG) received reports of “imposter phishing” nationally.

Social security disability recipients are targeted by scammers who call pretending to be a Social Security employee. The imposter cautions the recipient that their social security account has been hacked, and warns them that the agency is freezing their SSN assets. The caller asks the recipient for their SSN, alleging that they need the information for verification.

“Although these ‘phishing’ scams occur with greater frequency it is hard to imagine how anyone could prey on unsuspecting disability recipients” says Martin L Hoffman, a Social Security Disability attorney in South Florida. “We warn our clients never to give out their personal information to anyone on the phone. Call our office if you suspect that you might have been a target of one of these calls and we will help you in any way we can.”

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR BENEFITS:

The FTC offers these tips on how to deal with these government imposters:

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