Fraud, Privacy & Identity

Don’t Let Scammers Prey on Your Generosity

September 12, 2016 • By

natural disastersNatural disasters bring out the best in people. The ever-present generosity of Americans is front and center right now, as we try to help the victims of the Louisiana flood. Millions have given their time and donated to the relief funds and charities.

Unfortunately, times like these also bring out people looking to profit from others’ misfortune. For example, by creating fake charities and devising other ways to take advantage of donors.

Social Security commends your giving spirit, but we want to make sure your information is safe. We’ve cautioned you before that scammers use dishonest methods to gain access to your information. Charity scams are one of these schemes.

Charity scams can take many forms, including phishing emails that contain links or attachments directing users to malware-infected websites, which can damage your computer and put your information at risk.

The Federal Trade Commission is urging everyone to be careful when donating to charities that claim to benefit the victims of the Louisiana flood. When choosing a charity, you should do proper research to make sure they’ll use the money for what they say they will. You should donate to reputable charities sanctioned by the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance.

Avoid phishing scams and malware on your computer by not opening emails with links or attachments unless you know who sent them.

Don’t fall victim to scammers looking to take advantage of your generous spirit. Our previous blog entry shows you how to stay in control of your information. For more information, please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information page and check out our website.


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Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  1. tony

    The Homeless Charity Organization are preying on the SSA Commissioner. They want the SSA to change the rules and expand the “acceptable medical source” to include Social Worker. The Homeless Organization represents the claimants and get paid once the claimants are approved through the relaxed rules design to allow fraudsters to get approved.

    The rules are so easy for homeless people now to get approved. The Homeless Organization want to make it even easier.

    I heard a homeless man rode his bike to the SSA local field office and got approved for a mental illness. I had to try and get that free disability money too.

    I applied with no treating source, no medical records, no third party contacts, no attorney, and got approved for a mental illness.

    I didn’t even need a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or LCSW. The Homeless Organization that are not representing homeless people might be getting kickbacks for referring homeless people. These homeless organization are always scamming the government and taxpayers.

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  2. tony

    The scammers are whispering sweet nothings into the SSA Commissioner’s ear. The only one commenting to the new proposed rules are attorneys, representatives, and medical professionals. The Social Security beneficiaries are not even commenting. The scammers want the Commissioner to relax the rules, so they can scam Social Security disability, Medicaid, and Medicare out of all that money.

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  3. tony

    The SSA is trying to put these charity out of business. The scammers won’t have a job anymore. The scammers might go and scam Social Security disability. It is much easier to scam Social Security disability.

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  4. tony

    These senior citizens don’t know any better. You got the SSA telling senior to donate to a charity sanctioned by the Better Business Bureau. The SSA is now in the business of endorsing charities and the Better Business Bureau.

    Businesses pay money to the BBB for an A+ rating. No matter how much consumers complain, the BBB will never remove the A+ rating because the businesses are paying them too much money for the A+ rating.

    The businesses gets a B or C rating and they will not donate to the BBB.

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  5. bettyg

    this site is wonderful; they talk about each of these charities then show the breakdown % of WHERE the donation $$ go to for:

    admin costs
    FUNDRAISING costs

    rate them from 1- 4 or 5 stars for giving money FOR INTENT it was set up to be!!

    charity navigator site 😉

    https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.results&overallrtg=4&utm_source=Charity+Navigator%27s+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=eb690a9fba-July16Newsletter7_6_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b21df0343b-eb690a9fba-94877881

    BettyG, Iowa activist!!

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