Social Security is considered to be the safety net of many disabled Americans; however, their benefits are in threat due to the mischievous practices of certain scam artists. Many fraud artists take advantage of unsuspecting Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries to obtain some amount of money. Because of this, it is a must for all disability beneficiaries to ensure that their funds are protected from fraud-driven people.
There are certain ways on how scam artists pull off their tricks, and these include:
Identity theft – this act involves obtaining of social security number of a disability beneficiary and using it through fraudulent means. Typically, the scam artist uses the social security number to acquire credit, loans, and goods and services for his own benefit.
Exploitation of beneficiary's funds – this practice may be done by a person or organization duly authorized by Social Security Administration (SSA) to manage funds for an incapacitated uses of the money for personal use.
Purchasing, selling, or changing social security cards – scam artists use this trick to illegally sell social security cards or imitate an SSA official.
Covering a beneficiary's death – certain scammers do not notify SSA about a beneficiary's death and receive the disability funds for their benefit.
If you or your loved one has experienced any dishonest tactics of scammers concerning social security funds, you may report it to the SSA's Office of the Inspector General. You may do this by calling your SSA local office, by personally visiting the agency's local office, or by sending an email through the agency's website.
You may also want to contact a lawyer specializing in Social Security Disability Insurance in order to learn the possible steps to manage any fraudulent acts. Furthermore, you may also learn the ways on how to prevent being a victim of such practices.