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. Ann H.

    Whenever I call Social Security to check the status of my claim it’s asking me for a claim or application number and I don’t have that , I looked everywhere for it and I don’t know what I done with it.
    I had my hearing with my attorney in front of the ALJ on February 21, 2018 and the judge made his decision on February 26, 2018 and I am waiting on my approval letter. How can I receive my application number?

    Ann Hendricks
    706 N. Buffalo Ave
    Cleburne, TX. 76033
    DOB 06/22/1967

    • R.F.

      Hello Ann. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog.
      The length of time it takes to receive an “official” determination on your claim can vary. We attempt to resolve all claims promptly, but there may be delays due to the volume of pending claims in your area. Also, Approved claims are randomly selected for a quality assurance review of the decision.
      For updated information on your claim, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and speak with one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  2. Lois

    Who are they and are they legit. disabled.com message was in my Facebook newsfeed and this is the picture link https://www.disabledover50.com/lp/4/index.php?sid=AS4Dma309&sid2=DV&sid3=Desk&sid4=AS4Dma309&sid9=M&sid10=309&sid6=premium
    Gave a 24/7 Toll Free Help Line
    855-997-1250 Looked up this phone number Unknown Registrant https://premium.whitepages.com/phone/1-855-997-1250 NO NAME ASSOCIATED WITH THIS NUMBER

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  6. tony

    I know two people who served 5 years for identity theif. You would think that they would go online and apply for a credit card. It is easier to go through your mail box and get the Pre-approved credit card application.

  7. tony

    The scammers aren’t calling a bunch of numbers and asking to help complete the disability application. They are not going to call thousands of people. You are targeted similar to the specific ads they place on their website. They require that you enable cookies. They can see the history of all the website you visited on your phone. They can also call your phone through your mobile ip address.

  8. tony

    The scammers are able to call your smartphone when you use your mobile device to visit these websites.

  9. tony

    These websites are filled with computer viruses. Once you make an outgoing call and hang up. A scammers will call you right after you hang up from a number you don’t even know.

  10. tony

    You shouldn’t be watching porn on your smart phone.

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