Disability, Frauds & Scams, Online Services

Disability Application Scammers

April 25, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

Graphic of a computer screen with ones and zeros on the screen and the word identity.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is alerting people about the dangers of identity theft, specifically in instances where people have started an application for disability benefits. Scammers try to get personal information from applicants by pretending to help complete applications. For example, these scammers may ask you to give, or confirm, your Social Security number or bank account numbers.

Don’t become an identity theft or phishing victim. You can read the FTC’s advice on how to protect yourself while applying for benefits here.

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Doug Walker, Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  1. John E.

    How do sign up for my SSDI direct deposit, and find out how much I’ll be receiving

    • Vonda

      Hi John, thanks for using our blog. If you did not provide your bank account information when you applied for Social Security disability benefits, you can call your local office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  2. Mike J.

    I sent some paperwork a few months ago to Cal. care program regarding, SSI help, I received a call from Human Arc and was interviewed then passed to a specialist she was asking DOB info and Mothers Maiden name, is this normal questions to ask. Please let me know,
    Thank you

  3. Benjamin A.

    disabilitybenefitguideUSA.com/ has paid google to be the first site to pop up. You might want to look into that. I just gave them a bunch of information and now feel not only foolish but very exposed.

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