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. Rahul

    abc available

  2. banigochha

    It is a great article shared here. I have searched on google.

  3. Nathaniel M.

    Thank you for the update. I did receive several calls about this problem and I figured that they were bogus. After that kasautii helps me alot to solve this

  4. Etta N.

    I have received two calls from screamers yesterday the number is 9979-773-8505. From Lexington, Texas

    • A.C.

      Hi, Etta. Thanks for letting us know. Keep in mind we do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can find additional information here. We hope this helps.

  5. eebest8 b.

    “Appreciate you sharing, great blog.Really looking forward to read more.”


  6. Ryan j.

    Her name is Raquel Bovee she said was. Disability for adhd I said I have had and depression also. She said how easy she got it and I could even easier. At first I said no but she insisted. So she asked questions assuring me how stupid I was for not doing it sooner. Took a half hour and done. Over the night she took my license cc’s and bank and stole $ she now has all my info I made a police report for the bank transactions I’m assuming I need to follow through and fill the application myself and cancel this one. I trusted someone I definitely shldNt have she also robbed my house as I slept. I am pressing charges because she needs to stop she bragged about filing false tax deduction for money for others and wanted to do mine. No way I said.

  7. ladonna M.

    I have report idtheft in a lot because of assault and battery. My system down and found away to report and stay alert at the same time. My name and number has been stolen before and would like a brief update. To prevent scammers today. my todays profile is LaDonna Morgan 639 W Kneeland apt59 suppose have benefits but nothing showed after the first of the year.

  8. Jeffrey R.

    Hello my name is Jeffrey Rivera

    I need to reach out to someone because this case is more in depth then i can even explain and being watched. Please help immediately I’ve been checked in at 6 hotels in Groton Connecticut and I believe I am a victim of the pyramid scheme and definitely conspiracy to try to take over my disability benifits. I moved here with my girlfriend and she works at a crooked Dunkin. I just let go of my job and now everyone in her job plus her say its all her doing and im incapable of work. and checked into 6 different hotels have been scammed in my name a one at major trying to cover her crooked bosses .i believe as of now it has to do with my girlfriend who agreed to get one hotel because of her daughter .their bosses slandered and discriminated my name for no reason. I have a court date on September the sixth and they gave me a special attorney and my charges for only two misdemeanors and one of them was a wrongful offense and I was beaten and brutally battered by the police department and New London Connecticut I’m staying at a motel and I need advice immediately from the Federal Trade Commission it may be bigger than I realize but I definitely do feel that my disability is being taken advantage of because I tried to work at taco bell in groton ct and I am capable of working but I need to reach out to somebody immediately in this matter . I did not want to let go of my job. I looked up online and did a lot of research when I turned on the TV about what is going on with fraud in the office and news and organizations different scemecing. I feel I am definitely a victim and I need some help save my disability because even the doctors wrongfully prescribed my meds making it so hard and traumatizing. i have all proof noted that the motels and hotels wrongfully processed me and feel unsafe being wrongfully tracked at these hotes i want see what I can do to see if my disability benefits are affected please reach out to me immediately thank you I have all the proof and need advice immediately. Ive been keeping orginized discreet and trying to stay strong. The stuff i delt with at my girlfriend’s job alone where life threating and hard buy i told her have nothing to hide a boss and worker are fired already i dont know if my girlfriend is involved but i hope not now its like 75-80% chance fighting my bi polar trauma and depression using as much resources time and meditation possible without the proper meditation i was mis diagnosed in one day by a wrong doctor but through my old courtcase was forced to go to. I was ok with my main doctor the program was sound community. Who i just let go of my job training coach. My girlfriend’s ex worked there. Please help soon

    Ps they kept giving me a letter from hartford ct saying i need paper work from childhood dates from hartford ct my father works for the state amd just told me its conspiracy i feel likey adopted family might be involved but not sure

    Jeffrey jayriz8366@gmail.com

  9. M W.

    I received a call on July 31, 2018 @ 1:07pm caller id: Rochester PA phone # (724) 371-3566.
    The lady just started talking and saying she was following up on my recent inquiry into disability. I informed the person quite quickly that she was a scam caller and stated the following before hanging up.
    1: Social Security rarely calls especially about questions or inquiries.
    2. Social Security does everything by mail.
    3. The caller id does not come up in the format that this call did.
    4. I knew that I had not made any inquiries as to such.

    • R.F.

      Thank you for sharing this information! Social Security Administration (SSA) employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes.
      An SSA employee may call you in limited situations, such as if you recently filed a claim or have other Social Security business that are pending. In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen to confirm personal information over the phone.
      If a person has questions about any communication—email, letter, text or phone call—that claims to be from SSA, please contact your local Social Security office, or call Social Security’s toll-free customer service number at 1-800-772-1213, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to verify its legitimacy (TTY number at 1-800-325-0778).
      Citizens may -also- report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

  10. Jim H.

    Just (1:10 PM EDT, July 13, 2018) received a call from 423-380-0763 from someone purporting to represent the ‘National SSA Disability Center’ requesting personal information

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