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. tony

    They probably got a computer virus on their smart phone. The scammers have a record of who you called and the disability websites you visited. Then they pretend to be with the SSA.

    • Lidia

      Wait, I cannot fathom it being so starrghtforwaid.

  2. tony

    Wouldn’t it be easier to go to the telephone junction box located near the SSA office and listen into the phone calls. They just need a fake telephone company uniform, a cheap phone receiver, and pick the lock.

    They could even rob the telephone workers master key like they do the postal worker.

  3. Be B.

    Why are you going to take issue with this one man who is trying to be helpful? I, myself applied for SSDI twice because I have a list of disabilities, and been turned down both timed not even getting too the hearing process. Most of the time it”s because we don’t understand the paperwork and questions that are asked. If you are having problems, there are legitimate places and Attorneys that will help you . Granted, they will take a portion of your money if you win your case, but isn’t it worth it more so then trying to figure this out yourself, and all the aggravation? The Social Security Administration realizes you worked years for your money, they can not help it if, other Government agencies have made it hard for them to give you the money you deserve. They didn’t make the rules, they just do their jobs, and what about those that employers didn’t pay in for? Think about it, One day they ( The person at SS your angry with could be in our same position) do you think they want to hear No we can’t help you? I appreciate the warning for the elderly that get confused and taken, it breaks my heart. Call Premier Disibility they just might be able to help you. I truly hope everyone here truly finds the help they need. May the Lord Bless All, including The Social Security Administration. They truly have a very hard and heartbreaking job.

  4. Kathleen A.

    Oh, GREAT! You make it IMPOSSIBLE to get an approval for SSDI, so those of us who can no longer work due to worsening chronic conditions turn to outside sources to help expedite/clarify the process. THANKS A LOT! There seems to be no limit to the evil behind governmental organizations!

  5. valmera p.

    i ver y god

  6. Retired

    I hired a lawyer, but deep down I knew I had a chance without one. I still went ahead and got one, and won my case in 2005.

  7. Raul B.

    Dear sir
    i take a note from my doctor to social security office in stockton ca for SSI benefits the note say i have a severe disability permanent never received my benefits
    i need help as soon as possible
    my name is Raul Briseno im 63 years old thank you

    • Ray F.

      For security reasons, we do not have access to information about your claim in this venue Raul. In your situation, and to check the status of your application, we encourage you to contact your local office or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and speak to one of our representatives. Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7:00a.m. and 7:00p.m. Thanks!

    • Be B.

      Try calling Premier Disability and see if they can help you, they have helped many people. 1-855-773-2727 I hope they can help you and May God Bless you.

    • Retired

      You now qualify for social security, so apply because a note from a doctor means nothings to them.

  8. Betty

    You know people, Why would you give out any Imfprmation in the first Place,
    Did you call them…NO!!!
    just because your phone Rings doesn’t mean You have to answer it….(Play It Safe).
    So unless you hear a Voice…That YOU know whom it is…
    Or let the answering Machine take the call and YOUR Clear. NO PRESSURE!
    Then YOU decide if you you wish to Answer the Telephone, cell phone, ect..
    That is how,
    We With this non-sense at OUR house…and YOU CAN TOO…
    and beside it was all that Important they would NOT be Calling You in the first Place..
    Beside don’t you have better things YOU want to do than to be TIRED to the machines of today’s Society.

  9. Andrea D.

    I assist with the application process. I have had a few who could not get into the online application. they check in with SSA to learn that there is another person with the same name applying. Sadly, it seems to happen more to people who are homeless.

  10. alan f.

    i applied one year ago, and i didnt recieve any benefits yet. yours truly, alan fusco

    • John O.

      Call SSA and ask for status, this site is not appropriate to get the information you need.

    • Ray F.

      Hi Alan. For security reasons, we do not have access to information about your account in this venue. If anything prevents you from checking your application status online, call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also contact your local field office. Thanks

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