Don’t Stand by … Speak Up!

A concerned woman on the phoneAugust is National Bystander Awareness Month. As a bystander, you can play an essential role in preventing violence, wrongdoings, and fraud. Have you ever witnessed something that you knew was wrong and wondered if you should report it? Did you want to say something, but didn’t because you were afraid of negative consequences? Don’t be afraid, because there are federal laws to protect you.

Reporting information or activity that you suspect is illegal, dishonest, or false is your right. Reportable violations could be abuse of authority, gross waste of funds, a specific danger to public health or safety, or gross mismanagement.

Social Security’s programs were originally created to serve the American public, and 80 years later they still provide critical support to people of all ages. As good stewards of the tax dollars you entrust to us, we design our systems to protect the program against fraud, waste, and abuse.

But, our systems can’t catch everything. And that’s where you can help.

We need you to help us detect and deter fraud, waste, and abuse. Reporting wrongful acts can save lives and taxpayers dollars. Don’t let illegal or dishonest behavior happen on your watch. Learn what we are doing to fight fraud and how you can report fraud.

For more information about whistleblower protections, go to our OIG’s website.


149 thoughts on “Don’t Stand by … Speak Up!

  1. Hello my name is William Murphy. I’m been trying to finish my taxes, I was a student enrolled in college. I have been met with a huge challenge of being homeless and recovery from you process of family misfortune of numerous deaths . I come from a hard working family. I don’t have resources for the preparation of my taxes. With the inflation of the economy. I can’t afford to pay my way to get by. I was going to use the taxes from school to get what place. I’m also trying to get certain forms into the internal Revenue service to claim the benefits of my father who was disabled and eventually died and trying to get the benefits. I have been trying to deal with this and the depression of missing the one’s I love, I could really use some help.
    Sincerely William.

    • There r many places that will help you file your taxes for free under your circumstances hr block may help you or there is another company I known for a fact that will do it for free aarp helps me out every year and does mine. As far as your father go to the social security office and see if you qualify for his benefits

      • there is also the volunteer income tax assistance programme where people (i used to be a vita volunteer when i was in college and now i teach college business), will prepare your taxes for free if you are poor, disabled, or elderly

    • Hi William, we are sorry to hear of the inconveniences you had to experience. For any income tax related questions, you will need to contact the IRS. Their toll-free number is 1-800-829-1040. For information on Social Security benefits, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. We hope this information helps.

      • My name os Billy and i Have bien living a Night Mare i thought for sure God hates me I’m 36 years old I was born without growing hormones and had to take shots for a long time every day my mom drawed a check on me as a child I didn’t think any more about it till about 2010 I filed but was homeless cause my family want help me I’m on give meds now from all the abuse I mean like a covert thing so the social security office says the last thing they can find is from 1994 her the payee that being said i have been used by everyone around me my mail is private postal or p.o. box I only get mail they want me to get I get mail date two years ago all way back from 2010 I’m scared I’m tired inside and there names are on slog of things and they all gang up on me want talk about it or help me God help me

    • William, you look young and healthy. Unfortunately, life isn’t always fair, and we most of us know, we have had challenges, large and small to overcome. You need to persevere, work hard and maybe not look to the government to bail you out.

        • Sounded like that to me also. William is attending college but doesn’t take the time to Google “free tax help”?? Yet he comes to this site to say he cannot afford to file. Maybe don’t take one class cause books cost over $100 and get the late taxes filed. Its not Rocket Science. Sorry but the SS Admin makes it too easy for disability benefits!
          Goes to college but wants others benefits! Gee my daughter worked through college as did I.

          • However, those who TRULY need disability benefits, I truly support. Many here have had difficult issues to deal with. However, there are some spoilers who have drug addiction and alcoholism history who easily get benefits yet those with a major disease like Chrons or Lupus or Heart issues have a hard time getting help. Why don’t SS Admin clean house and check up on those who use drug addiction as a “disability”. It’s NOT because one can choose to be sober. I have a nephew who brags about going to Power House gym 6x weekly and he gets disability at age 36. HE CAN WORK IF HE CAN LIFT WEIGHTS. SS needs to check all those ppl and then help the ones who are TRULY disabled like William who needs help.

          • Hahaha Oh really they make it so easy to file disability benefits and get disability benefits that’s so simple just to get benefits is it!!! I’ve been disabled for over 5 years and I’m still fighting to get benefits I got injured on the job from a company I worked for over 10 years I worked with the company and then they fired me because I can no longer continue to do the work that I was doing. I’m going on my 2nd time of having to refile social security disability benefits and my 2nd different lawyer so tell me how easy is it to get disability benefits and I have worked since I was 14 years old and I’m 43 now tell me how easy is it to get disability benefits and I got 15 different major health issues. That is not even the top of the list of any of my health issues they’re estimating I got maybe less than 4 years to live and my white blood cell count continues to rise every three months goes up another three to four more notches on the scale of dangerously too high so hey in the next year I’m looking at a white blood cell count of 50 if anybody knows anything that means my bone marrow is being ate from the inside out so stick that in your you-know-what and smoke it. Oh oh all about you say it’s so easy to get disability benefits keep your opinions to yourself unless you know what you’re talkin about. The only people that seem to be able to get social security disability benefits or SSI so easily once they simply fill out the application and are instantly approved are felons and people that have never ever in their life held jobs and or have been in prison go ahead look it up they get approved while they’re in prison and have a check waiting for them before they’re even released from prison and now if you ask me if something screwed up about the system I paid into social security every year since I was 14 and I can’t get not one bit of benefits of any sort of assistance at all but yet a felon who’s been in prison for 15 years or even 1yr can use my taxpayer dollars to get a check waiting for them before they’re even released from prison because they don’t have adequate job skills even though they’ve been working the whole time they been in prison well go figure they’ve been doing a fine job of working in prison that seems like job skills to me I think somebody needs to have their head checked and it ain’t me cuz I get it done every few weeks just like the doctor says to go ahead look that up whoever is monitoring the site social security disability people.

    • Hi William! Please feel free to email me. I went through the exact thing. Its alot of work that will test your patience , just dont give uo! Youre welcone to email me! id be happy to point you in tge rt.direction!

    • I understand your pain, i have had my benifits Terminated at 60 YRS. of age. The
      SSA “system” is so messed up. I’m about to give up. I can only tell you ,GET an Attorney, If you Can. sincerely Ken

  2. There are certain people that will always take something that is intended to benefit the majority of honest and ethical people and pervert and corrupt it to gain personal profit

    • What are you people talking about! How dare you judge someone who reached out for help. Did anyone think that that person cared for another & gave his best, as they waited for help to arrive, of which cost everything ,including his Fathers life. I am devastated to here all speak that way! Such a Hypocritical Shame!

      • You never know when life will throw a curve ball… I grieved with death of loved ones and at the same time I was in an explosion that gave me a spinal injury for the rest of my life. I paid my dues as a working machine for a building engineering Union which grossed 1500$ a week and took home 600$ after all deductions. I paid for many and still raised a family. I’m alone now. I’m sick.. I’m hurt … The only way to help me is what I did to help others in my journey of life. I am on government payroll and you judge me and or others? Stick it!!! Never thought I would hurt or be sick… God bless you judge mental a&@- h#%^*’s… And good luck for your not guaranteed tomorrow !!! See if you need a hand! Thank you, Uncle Sam. Trying hard to figure out my life right now. That’s how tough it is…..

        • You worked all your life to pay into the system what you now need paud back
          to you and its no miore reason to feel
          Bad than collecting your SS check at 65 or 67 had yoybstated heakthy! Tbis is not welfare unless you are a orivate imsurance company subsidized by the SSA who offsets your liability with SS funds. Not all insurers are vuikty of this but their sre several blatant offebders that in one swoop chew up all the updates they think are mot being viben km
          A timely manner. We fill out firms every 2 yearsx unless the illness is “not likely to improve”, and even then imany insureds still are asked to update SSA each 2 years on lur condition altbough on very non-technical terms which do not state anything more than hiw we feel vsz 2 years ago!
          If their is a need for annual
          updates or 2 years is not a brief enough window than it means ones illnesses can be cured and folks can work again. Is it implied people are cabcer free and cUking to say that? If ones deoressuon inprives but nack gets worse is this an item thats being withheld? Very poorly explained in my humble opinion!
          . Rather thsn even seem to possibly cast sdspersuns toward folks who are deaking with bery dufficykt kives in general,
          wouldn’t you exoe r that uodates woukd be dine via MDs vs. self reporting?

          The file shoukd reflect diagnosis and have needed updates reflecting likeky the most severe illness?
          . Sure, its grest to updaate info if its truly relevant to ones ability to peyaos rerlturn to work –but short of that rather obvious imissin it seems I was confused at bestby the tone and intent if ghe entry. Sorry but no point in saying it was clear to us/the rellues show not at all and then you have trolls accusing folks if fraud because you broyght up that and tgrear if oiss of benefits to grouo of folks thsr sorbd kur lives uodating insurers going to MDs etc. its ibsukting truly!

          • Sorry for typos- inthink jist of iilt was legubke bsreky- alas onlybteolied as that Dannyboy deserves a salute not to feel like hes om welfare! It is a govt pensuon and disability find abd you are exactly who its supposed to help- if not god help our society or so cakked society. Trols be gone! Fraud. Yeesh! Tine of privare insurers who trajn workers to assume folks are gaming system as uts so great to get 60% nevire taxes and fight tooth snd nail for every check from insureres. the SSA may need to track fraud if course but it should never be case that its so vague cmisjh Xmas card is uodate us or pay us back, jail eyc, wow! Ill offer you a polygraoh okay dude! Would thst remove bad faith extrapolations?

      • im a mid 30’s female struggling with diagnosed mental disorders and also going back and forth with doctors and citizens constantly bickering with each other about my befits I receive. every single day I’m out trying to pick myself up from life”s up’s and downs. it is not anyone’s place to say I shouldn’t have it… I’m trying to pick myself up from the ground and start again. not being the first time I add… please don’t judge anyone for their age race gender if you don’t know this person genuinely or personally why do you feel you have the say so to take our benefits away when we can’t have a normal job because of physical or mental issues what ever the case may be. if you don’t understand or can comprehend what this person or persons feel or are going through then don’t try to fix it it’s beyond your understanding and you not want to have an open mind. this is judgment from people that have no place… GOD will do his job so let him work his wonders and blessings.. For instance’ say you reported someone which caused them to lose everything! Car,Home, money, so no food no clothes, possibly leading to homelessness. totally crushing their self-worth, self respect, adding more to mental disorders and if physically challenged how will they live after such a blow because you started something that should have been left alone. sit back and think if someone or people did this to you… how would you react? you knowing you had the right to have everything you got and built up on your own working hard for every part in your life! don’t worry about the next persons position if you have no clues why they have what they have. you could ruin everything some might lead to deadly reactions. don’t expresses hateful ideas or judge. I know their are countless people out in this world that cause fraud which mess everything up for those that desperately need and deserve to have these benefits let them be to apply for such things but, I would say make sure you have all the information and clues straight and in place before you blow the whistle! unless you plan to house a homeless person after the consequences of you putting them in the streets or homeless shelters… I pray for this world at night and in the day to express compassion. use your time and effort to lift people up not drag them down lend a helping hand that could turn their world around and do more for themselves they didn’t think they would ever have then see what wonders and miracles come about after kindness sets in… God Bless do what is right not out of spite!!!

        • Wow, it was as if I read my life right here. Its hard starting over with a young a teenage daughter in the only choice as housing. Broke and almost to homeless or death orchestrated and unprovable.

          • Maybe you and your daughter can qualify for the low income housing assistance program. I think it’s through the Medicaid program. Sadly, you have to find landlords who also are part of the program but Michigan has a good program.

        • The important thing you miss, is the fact that people who loose their benefits from SS.,are attempting to defraud the very organization, that every working individual in this country has contributed to..And from experience , the lose of benefits is a lot less punishment than, any other government agency

        • Amen! And even when you might have witnessed or have information on what you may know for sure or be pretty certain is legitimate fraud (of any kind- say, healthcare? Greencard? Take your pick), or abuse, or misconduct, whatever. Or hey, maybe you were the victim of something like that. Maybe it was even horrific and so super wrong, to most anyone’s thinking. Maybe it caused you severe harm. Still, still, check your heart, listen for God’s wisdom, prayerfully consider your moral and civic and legal and spiritual and conscience-driven duties…and let the course of action you take be guided by God and by compassion and forgiveness, and quarintine the actions- those you are obligated to do, DO! But within parameters- what is actually necessary, not what is necessary for personal vengeance (much as you may feel like its deserved); and check your heart always to ensure your motives are right.

          PS: I think it is important that people have a chance for help via disability. Grace. Things happen. And though there will always be people who abuse and pervert and twist what is good (oldest thing in the book, really), the fact is, it isn’t everyone, or even a majority. (And they need grace too. And it’s unmerited in any case….). I also support the SSA doing reviews, and being so stringent in its first awarding benefits ,though I don’t know that it always works out “fairly”,like life. God is still on His throne, though…

  3. Seeing as how our government has “borrowed” most of the SS funds for other things and we are in trouble for funds in the future and Congress keeps failing to pay back our funds, why do we not put the whole congress on Social Security. They would quickly find a way to reimburse the SS fund and pass laws to forbid this from ever happening again. No more “serve once and get retirement for life”. Our SS System would be saved.
    I served 2

      • I totally agree they have to pay them back no more dodging paying back the funds that they took out we don’t need to suffer for there doing

    • At their rate of pay and free medical, everything always paid in full. Congress, Represenatives, Senators, Legislators, all would have social security payments 7-10 thousand a month, so would not miss the 104.00 taken for medicare or the 20% they would have to pay. They would not need to seek subsidized housing to have shelter cause thiier homes are already paid for and so are their limo services, Oh and they retire with full insurance benefits paid in full, with cars, planes at their disposal for the rest of their little pampered lives. all at the taxpayers, you and I that worked grueling hours for our petty little SS stipend checks.

    • Mr. Rosie
      congress is so engrossed in taking care of congress that they’ll not give up the perks until we clean house.
      the ball is in our court.
      but let’s keep those with a record of doing the country’s business.

    • are we getting a raise this year. they say we are going broke but if they cut ss how we’ll they pay for ssi or Medicaid which they pay out of ss. why do we sent money oversea and can’t take care of our elders and disable.?

      • Hi Cora, if you’re referring to the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2016, we will know that information in late October, when the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics is announced. As always, we will keep you informed.

    • No matter what anyone says ..there will always be a SSA ,I don’t care what anyone says.You only wish the stock market knew HOW the SSI does it so they can copy and never watch Dow jones go down again..Are people working? Are you able to count how many are paying into it ? much more in world to be grateful for and i know i am blessed to have SSD but it will be there even in your great great grandchildren would have to need it ..relax ..

  4. I am 50 years old, worked since I was 15 and for the last 25 years with A chrinic illness. still I cannot receive disability so I work. The person I lease from for my work does not even pay property taxes let alone federal or ss or and tax so why am I working and paying taxes, I am A single father who takes responsabilty very seriously I wish more people would!

    • Good for you for working through your pain and with pain. Pain and growing older is a part of life, one we can not change but we can keep the reason to get up in the morning and get dressed. WORK, we all need something and if we can do anything at all we should be made to do it if they can. If it is only 4 hours a day that can be done then it should be supplemented. Keep working, trust me, not working makes you more lazy. Disability is for those truly disabled not for those who just experience pain in the back, knees, etc. No wonder we are going broke.

    • You need to get you head out and find another Job. In case no one has told you, you must pay into, S.S. before you can apply for benefits also applies to Disability. Are you paying in to you own account, and are you paying self employment tax, You are responsible for that if you work as a contractor.


    • So aware of this, I live in Senior housing they have ddetermined we have no need for a social worker assigned to our building. Even when assigned I had to call Aging & disability at Capitol to get her off —- on feet to come take an elders intake, it took 2 years of advocacy work to get that elder taken care of. I called for someone else it took 3 months before she showed up at my door unannounced, I invited her in then reamed her out for not doing her work, showing up unannounced, she then tried to tell me I would need a Doctors home visit, she had not heard or understood me when I told her it was not for me but another person and no the person does not need a home visit and no anyone can go and buy a lift chair when needed. Uneduacated does not speak English fluently and apparently does not understand fluently spoken English either. We need English speaking people for public servant work.

    • YOU DON”T HAVE TO BE wow so upset .. you all are going before your time.. man ..Can just one be grateful we have access to something like this when some don’t even have water? And they denied my medicine i need for a mutation of MTJFR but if i get excited i could have a breathing attack . I live on 850 a month and watch folks around me on 1200 a month and could not possibly remember them even working but yea ..God’s will .and i am sure if there are scammers they will be caught up with . Time heals all ..and Prayer .. please ..pray .

  6. Why are we taxed on our SS retirement income? We were already taxed on our income when SS percent was deducted from our payroll checks. This is our SS money that was withheld from our payroll checks for our retirement. It seems we are being double taxed.

    • Why? Because people keep voting for Democrats, that is why. They love to spend, and confiscate your earnings and control people.

      • I beg the differ regarding the reason we pay taxes on ss because of the democrats. Go back and research the history of why we pay before during and after for SSI. Thanks

      • actually it was republicans that decided to tax higher income social security recipients and i am a republican and I admit this

      • People keep voting for Republicans who provide billions in welfare to major corporations. If you don’t believe me, just google “major corporations that pay no taxes”. It’ll not only make you cry, it’ll make you stop voting Republican.

  7. SS money belongs to the people and should be a trust account and not spent for anything other than social security. Invested with minimum risk, maybe. Borrowed not okay, especially by the government who cannot pay its own bills, much less pay back a loan.

  8. Several years ago I complained when a doctor I had seen twice but stopped seeing, put in a claim and was paid for a flu shot. Medicare said there was no national system but four regional systems and four people could file for the same thing and get paid. I had to go to my congressman to get action…took eight but the doctor repaid Medicare. That’s not the worst part, a couple of years later that same doctor put in a claim for a hospital visit on Christmas day and was paid. I had to go back to my congressman to get it refunded. I did my job, why doesn’t the govenment do its job of policing the claims?

    • :Until we get back to the way it was in the good old days, Social Security will always be around for the moochers of society to scam. Social Security is one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in the world. If it was not the U.S. government doing it, it would be illegal.

      • Too true – but government workers do not care enough to verify – they just get paid to shuffle papers, and supervisors go on expensive jaunts at taxpayer expense!

        • Yep, you are SO right, the THOUSANDS of supervisors in all the field offices , call centers, at the Baltimore headquarters, all got to go on these luxurious jaunts. are you out of your mind ? don’t blindly persecute all for the crimes of a few. was it wrong, yes. was it all of them ? no.
          You want to blame “all” look at the heads of the bailed out banks and auto industry, THEY abused it. but they aren’t government workers, so why attack them ?
          side note, this has to do with this topic how ? Were you the news outlet that broke that story ?

    • If you know someone who you think is defrauding S.S. call your nearest office,and file a complaint with the enforcement officer .

  9. Just remember this can also be used by someone who has an ax to grind and reports non truths slandering the person who has done nothing wrong. SS needs to vet this out as reputations and false accusations can ruin a persons reputation and livelihood.

    • am sure you are suggesting we report fraud, waste and abuse by our fellow private sector citizens (brothers, sisters, neighbors, etc) as reporting such activities against fellow public sector government personnel will result in a destroyed career, threats of prosecution, and other strong arm tactics if those involved are general officers or high ranking govt civilians! Internal government whistleblowers who take this advice better do a lot of research first. Read such example as Blowing into the Wind or the books available at for how the process really works.

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  13. There are lots of people that have jumped on the disability band wagon. It used to be SS had people check on their disability to see if they still qualify. I think that should still be done and if they are NOT permanently disabled Guess what they can go to work at something. I know people that work and they have no arms or legs. I think this society has become very lazy and they just don’t want to work. I don’t care to keep supporting them. Benefits are to be earned NOT given. There are NO free lunches. I think they are in for a huge surprise though when they start cutting.

      My husband of 29 yrs & his 1st wife separated after 6 yrs. She agreed to divorce in 1983, 1 wk after10 yr anniversary. FLA awarded her $1,070/mo perm alimony, 1/2 all home costs & 1/2 of his then accrued pension on his $37,500 salary.
      She worked 4 yrs total as receptionist yet receives over $2,000/mo SS disability. Now he is told she is eligible for:
      A – 1/2 of his SS monthly retirement benefit now, even though HE can’t feasibly collect until 72 as raising our 6 yr old grandson w/out assistance;
      B – her $2,000+/mo SS disability (she’s never had dependent) AND
      C – his $1,070/mo perm alimony.
      Her boyfriend of 32 yrs is, ironically, a FLA state employee.
      Since ’83, she has continuously enjoyed a ZERO TAX OBLIGATION income, sole ownership of their former 3,000 sq ft (paid) lakefront home, 2 or 3 paid off cars & a small cash business. It costs a min $8,000 to again retain a decent, experienced FLA attorney to revisit this matter, always followed by the court order to reimburse her associated legal costs & fees. We live in the southwest.
      She loves to brag that she would be stupid to get married. She’s right!
      This is a broken, sexist system from word GO, & it is outlined in the SSA publication ‘What Every Woman Should Know’
      Why IS the SSA brochure titled ‘What Every Woman Should Know’???

      Reply ↓

      • Briana, #2 and #3 can not both be paid at once, its one or the other.
        also, move on, seriously, don’t be so obsessed in what your spo’s ex does or doesn’t do, to know someone paid taxes or not is a bit crazy.
        lastly, it is entitled that , one would assume, do to targeting the baby boomer generation and prior, where in the wife was a home maker more often than not, and may not be savy to what all is available.
        Lastly, I believe the pamphlet it very clear that it applies to men and women.

    • Hi Joy, Just want to let you know that the law requires Social Security to conduct disability reviews periodically to see if individuals receiving disability benefits are still disabled. How often we review cases depends on the individual’s medical condition. Also, even though the Social Security Act sets out a very strict definition of disability, we have work provisions that can encourage people on disability to return to the work force and fulfill their desire to be productive.

  14. I got a 2.00 raise last yr I was so Happy I tried to buy a Gallon of milk but it was 3.00 a G pretty sad for all of us

  15. RE: Health and Welfare. 9th Draft. Hospitals & Asylums HA-26-7-15

    Not to trigger the toxic kneejerk countermeasures waste, fraud and abuse brings on in the psychological warriors of a tricked out two party system invoked by this unskillful article. These problems ,including organized criminal deprivation or relief benefits, i.e. continuing disability review, are too severe in FEMA to immediately treat upon Disaster Insurance and the Emergency Food Bank System without adequate moral preparation. Too bad, the Emergency Food Bank is the way to save. There is now a Section 111a Free Government Cell Phone, Discount Internet and Computer.

    Continuing disability review is waste, fraud and abuse personified. Charged with theft it is even more bureaucratically dangerous than politicized ineffective subversive “welfare fraud” offices. When dealing with crime, or when writing the law, it absolutely essential not to make or routinely use political institutions in honor of such an unsolved problem or personating the only meaningful phrase in the law.

    The proper way to process malfeasance is with a published legal brief that avoids service upon politically violent defendants ,inferior courts and pen traps. For instance, Rachel Carson ,wrote Silent Spring, to fight against indiscriminate pesticide use while secretly dying from breast cancer of unknown etiology. Her science may not have penetrated the USDA that is worse than ever in all regards, but the stressed out National Organic Program, but aside from keeping her cancer secret, and lobbying Congress, her book writing is what we want from the martyrs who lead us to right living.

    I realize Social Security Matters may have been created with Timothy’s warning that the law is for murderers, rapists and sodomists, but those sorts of persecutions are exactly what we are trying to protect against by reading and writing the law in almost all of our dealings with other humans. The important thing for Social Security Matters to understand is that they receive evidence from the public and if they want to do a good job and keep their head above water, they have a responsibility to respond to individual complainants and also a responsibility to formally respond to the popular opinions expressed in the blog.

    SSA has struggled long and hard to regain their right to write after that illegal toxic overpayment notice in 2011. Unredressed, we have come to think that SSA’s problem is that they cannot read. We do not want pen trap offices for killing bills. Bloggers submitting evidence want individual email responses and legal cases not criminal political institutions. Case in point, we need Social Security Matters to cover my 9th Edition of Health and Welfare to assure Congress of SSA support for the passage of the DIRT and OASDI WILL Acts that will save the DI Trust fund, finance the USPS and in 2017 balance the federal budget.

  16. Yes – Family & Friends are Most Important!
    Because in the end, government lets you down!!
    Example: Medicare pays Much Less than private insurance, so patient care is Much Less.
    And yes – this is my personal experience!!!

    • and WAYYY cheaper than private insurance. 104.90/mo. ? ill take that for roughly 80 % coverage. I work and pay 3 times that, and rarely get coverage that good.

  17. Hello I was wondering if you can help me with the Richmond payment center in California. For some reason they will not give the names or phone numbers to there managers or superiors. Please help, thank you so much for your time.

  18. My father died on 2010 and we have a US SSS card but i lost it. How we know my father is truly member of US SSS? can you found her name of list in US SSS ? ALEJANDRO MALOBO LIRAG my father name.

  19. Hello, my name is mary. My husband and I began receiving social securitiy and ssi in 1993, my ssi was only about 66 dollars, because I was married. I could not deal with living out of this. So in 2010, I founded a job, was sure rather I could do or not, but I tried, cause we had to lived and have a place to live. I call in to ssa on 8/2010 to let them know when I would begin working. they claim they would send me forms to file out. They did not come, so I call back. I was told to give them a bout five to ten business days. I did, it still did not come, so I call Baltimore, and they contact ssa in my town. I still did not get the papers. In 2013 I was told they needed all my check stubs from 9/2010. It cost me thirty dollars to get the copies. They told me,ssa, that they was cutting off my and my husband ssi and ssa, checks. they only took the ssi, checks which was 153 a month. they begin to take 78 dollars out of his ssa checks. I apeal because we could not afford this. They agreed to the appeal, but then they said my husband owe them over 14,000 dollar. he will finish paying them in 2026, my husband is 70 do the math. So you tell me what to do, when SSA is always right and never make mistakes. Thank you, for listening.

  20. New Subject re Privacy and Disclosure of Personal information to Private Companies by the SSA and/or Medi Care soliciting business to supply and sell medical wares and prosthetics etc. I am tired of receiving daily phone calls from these Organizations that are not Government representatives who know me by my name and probably have my SS # too besides my residence. Someone in OIG, SSA and OPM need to look into this Privacy issue violations. I never signed a waiver allowing any Government Personnel to release my personal data.

    May I also say that a number of these calls the people at the other end sound like their are from India and others you can hardly understand that they have such a thick accent.

    • Hi Bob, rest assured that your Social Security records are confidential and that we do not disclose information about any individual to other agencies or private companies, unless we have proper authorization or consent. Thanks!

    • Bob If any of those people call you again, ask them for their Federal employers #. More times than not they will hang up and not bother you again. If they are brave enough to give you a number, ask for registered owners name and address.

  21. Believe possible fraud by businesses offering body braces, since they offer ” We will take care of all your paperwork, etc. with Medicare.” Possibly no out of pocket monies from you. Possibly provide a doctor to sign your paperwork if your own will not.

  22. I worked for 23 years for Georgia state government and I have never been arrested or had a speeding ticket for that matter. I also worked for a short time with my 23 years working for state government with the state police which requires a stringent back ground check that takes up to 1 year to complete and most applicants don’t pass it. I am a brain tumor survivor and not all of the tumor was removed from my left frontal lobe which has made me disabled. I have witnessed things I never thought I would ever witness from a public servant and remember I myself was one for 23 years and I took my ethics and codes of conduct serious. I spoke out against a Psychologist and had my SSI taken from me along with a threatening letter saying in 3 years they will take away my SSD. What has happened to this nation?.

    • you need to contact the office of you political Representative ,whether Senator or Ho-Rep the both have people, who work with issues like this for their constituents…

  23. Dale Bainbridge on February 11, 2016 at 5:53 pm said:

    At the time I applied for SSI,I had severe back,hip and knee problems and could no longer work.I became homeless because I could not pay my rent.I lived in my car for 8 months,then with a stranger for about a year.I was then diagnosed with AML Leukemia.5 months before my court date,my lawyer convinced me to waive my back pay and she would talk a judge into reading my case and approving me early because of the cancer.Worse mistake I ever made.I lost nearly $30,000.!!3 months later I got my 1st monthly check and a HUD low income apt. For that I am thankful.But I regret giving up the backpay that could have fulfilled my dream of maybe buying an old farmhouse and having some chickens and a garden.If there was any way to reverse the waiver I would do it in a heart beat.I`m 61 yrs. old and would like to be happy the years I have left…

  24. I am trying to figure out if what is going on is fraud or not. My Father just passed away. He lived in montana with some friends in a small trailer and was very much disabled. Almost three years ago his wife, whom had been seeing another man, decided to throw my father out and leave him while he was in the hospital recovering from surgery. He ended up living with some friends in Texas then was shuffled to a friends home in Georgia and finally ended up in Montana for the last year and a half. While living her new boyfriend she had continuedd to withdraw half of his disability every month. Approx. 3-4 months ago he was in the hospital and was moved to a rehabilitation center. They called me becasue his wife told them I was his only surviving relative and she was not going to be responsible, because she thought he may owe money. So on his death bed they called me and I went to Montana and paid for his final arrangements. She is now spreading a lot of lies about how they were still in love and shes going to ge this benmefits and looking for a lawsuit anywhere she can dream one up. Isn’s that fraud?

    • It is fraud but if you tell that story to any one else they are going to label you as a disgruntled relative. You need to do a little due diligence and find out how long he was abused,and who was involved.If you contact S.S. and talk to them about spousal abuse, and fraud, think someone will want to know who was signing his checks while he was not in residence !

  25. We need to get rid of Doug Walker who is in the pocket of the obuma administration. Gladly or willing gave away thousands of dollars of our hard earned money to fund obuma care! Wake up people and stand together to get rid of all the rotting garbage.

  26. How does a 24 year military(honorably); 90 possibly 100% rated VA disabled veteran get denied social security disability benefits? Does one need to be of a certain race, religion, color, or creed? (610)417-3139

    • First of all, we thank you for your service Randy. Please keep in mind that the Social Security Act sets out a very strict definition of disability, much different from the requirements for other government programs including veterans’ benefits. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or short-term disability. Disability benefits are paid to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. Please see our Disability Planner: How We Decide If You Are Disabled, for more information. Thanks

      • Ray just a question about this post.Is the situation of being basically a civil servant without any withholding being paid, have anything to do with his app. for benefits?

  27. My sister and I were born and raised in the Netherlands and qualify to receive AOW, like Dutch Social Security. We sent the original correct paperwork to the local Social Security office who are to forward it to Baltimore, forwarding it to the Netherlands (please note, there are no documents for them to fill out). At the same time the Netherlands received a copy as well as Baltimore, who ‘lost’ both original and copies of documents. The Netherlands received the copy in a week! Social Security is giving us the run around. Nobody can even tell us where the paperwork is. It has been more than three months of lies. They said a month ago they’d sent it, now saying they don’t know where it is. Social Security representatives don’t even know what the forms involved are, nor where to find them, I had the tell them where to find it on their website. In 1990 they signed an International Agreement, but really have nothing to do with the years we lived there. Why is SSA involved with something they have absolutely no knowledge of, or interest in assisting us. It is not the first time we have experienced discrimination.

    • Hi Anicca, your situation is a complex one and outside the scope of what can be handled via this forum. Please visit our International Programs webpage for more information about our totalization agreement between the United States and other countries. If after browsing our site and you still have questions about international Social Security agreements, we encourage you to call the Social Security Administration’s Office of International Programs at (410)965-3322 or (410)965-7306.

  28. I have reported Social Security fraud for years someone is using a fake social that does not belong to him and SS does nothing they let him get away with it?? he is also illegal how is this allowed to continue? at some point he will try to collect benefits from said stolen SS# what about the other person who could be suffering from this..? this is absurd

    • When allegations of fraud are reported to our Office of the Inspector General, they conduct the required investigations, but federal regulations prohibit the disclosure of information contained in law enforcement records even to the individual making the allegation. So unless you are contacted directly by one of our investigators, there will be no further communication from the OIG. Thanks so much for helping us fight fraud.

      • I understand that. But I have reported it for at least five years now? How is this allowed to happen why hasn’t he been convicted does it take that long to discover that he uses someone elses SS#? doesn’t seem right

        • There are several other offices you can call,if the person is in your community call the local District Attorney’s office, and the Dept. of Emigration and Naturalization. and last but definitely not the least Department of Homeland Security.

  29. How does a 24 year honorably served (worked hard mentally n physically) medically military retired combat related disabled veteran get denied social security benefits?

    • Obviously you didn’t read the post left by Ray H. The Emblem next to his name is the symbol for social security. That means when he gives you advice,try to be nice and at least call the numbers he gives you.

  30. Since I have applied for disability I have seen a lot of people turn against me. And nitpick every aspect of my life making my major depression worsen. I am hearing voices with the depression. And have people swearing at me, verbally abusing me, and anyone trying to help me is being manipulated/directed to work against me. There is a lot of obvious organized crime against me after my social security application. There are repetitive attempts to lure me to jail. I have not commited any crimes. I am honest and want to contribute to society. There is mass amounts of public defamation of character. Surrounding where I am staying. Disturbing the people living here on purpose. No one is reaching out to help. They are now aimed at my doctor who is always there to help me based on my symtoms I experience. And have a history of. Like a professional would. They paid a different doctor to misdiagnose my condition as bipolar with scitzoid moments. This conflicts with the CT scan showing no signs/markers of that. People were ganging up and provoking me to have a panic attack, and have trouble breathing. So my mom was scared and called for a medic. The medics were very forceful, and took me to the ER. Even against my calm confident voice telling them I was fine. I was given drugs in the hospital that made me sleep all day. Then the social worker conspired against me saying the medications were helping. She was in meetings, and only met with me for a few short periods. I sense there was money involved. She had given me medications that made me ill and sleep all day. I want to work, but if you look at my tax returns. I was always under the poverty level for survival, with the exception of my job out of college. Which ended with me being thrown into unemployment after torture, brain rape, and ruining my reputation deliberately. Framing the newpapers and radio stations against me. I did not have many friends. Then I was date raped after a rush of people subliminally directed me to an aquantinces residence. I was very angry. That was very greedy. I sensed the money motivated attempted murder motif. There was audioengineering, and the whole bit. They planted dirt on the aquantince to indirectly destroy my reputation I learned after waking up and going to work. You could tell by the radio stations on the way there looking back. I also suffered from a lung viral infection mysteriously. Then worked at another company for a short while. Then have a mite eating my chest tissue flare up at work. I told my hiring manager (after she got back from vacation) and she told me I cannot work there. This is not the place for you. I could have been told that without the mite and bribed clinic doctor saying it is another strain. Which is impossible because I only worked, ate, and slept. And it was noncontagious. The strain of mites were also larger in size where I could see them fly fast around my working position. I moved and started to rebuild my life. The third party databases I was placed in is misrepresentative of my actual personality traits and behavior. I worked for a company that used those. Then I developed an allergic reaction after hearing some commotion in the lunch room. And was fired with a doctors note during training. I did deliveries on my bike. It was dangerous though, and had freek acidents occur. Muiltiple ER visits from the falls. And a hit and run collision with a drunk driver. I didn’t even go to the ER for that one. I suffered from a traumatic brain injury after going to an a friend of a friend I was introduced to at work. I must have been drugged. Then I woke up in the nuero ICU with no memory. My gross income decreased after that. SSA is not going to pay what most people earn working. I have worsening depression, an attention disorder, trauma from sexual assualt, and aggravated verbal abuse. My doctor was helping me, and I was doing the best I could working before my application. Now people suddenly know my medications that work who shouldn’t. That is a felony violation. As I never tell anyone what medicines I am prescribed to have a better quality of life. I am experiencing gas lighting/ambient abuse. And anyone who tries to help me is suffering from my disabled state. They experience problems occur that were not there before. Wherever I stay the there is trouble around the housing unit. The people are agressive, ramped up for murder, and non-compassionate. I have trauma from it all that I am coping with. I applied for around 10 local jobs since I moved back to this area. The place I moved from ending with someone tring to break into my apartment. Experiencing the same gas lighting and verbal sexual assualt using long rang aucoustics. This was all after the disability appointment coincidentally. My major depression is worsening. I can take a polygraph on the news if necessary to thwart the manipulation and torture based tactics. There is definitely a psywar directed at me. I can only pray the truth, and good in this state of Illinois will prevail against these ruthless sociopaths.

  31. For years I have been a victim of Mail, Bank, Medical, and Social Security/ Medicare Fraud. At a late age I return to School to earn a Degree. Unfortunately I became ill.
    With the efforts that I learned during the Education Process I’ve been fighting back. I have exhausted most of my income related to travel. Trying to escape the clutches of those who persecuted me I filed complaints with CMS, SSD, HHS, FBI, DOJ and States Attorneys Generals. My Transportation efforts have been stifled by persons tracking my activities. I have been prohibited from right to work laws.
    These activities have forced me to turn to Sovereign Foreign And Domestic Nations and Consulates. I’ve contacted Interpol and Brazilian Intelligence. Here is my Question: Even with SSD would Social Security Consider an Exception and allow me to receive SSI & SSD so that I can get Medicaid and Medicare ?. I’ve received letters of support and sympathy from the Whitehouse former Health and Human Services Secretary K. Sebilius, Canadian, French, Brazilian, Venezuelan, Colombian, Costa Rica and Native American Tribal Concils. My inability to address student Debt and my attempts to request a hardship waiver have been met with interference and threats. I was blocked from submitting complaints to Adult Protective Services and yes I’ve contacted members of Congress. Due to fraud and not having gain use of Electronics I resorted to traditional mail and have documentation of numerous opening and closing of PO Boxes. This has been a long, strident Journey. It’s not over, I have an over abundance of Medical – Dental, Nutritional concerns that must be addressed in order for an emplorer to take me seriously. On 2/23 I will turn 66 years of age. Many of my productive years have been stolen. I have great safety and security considerations. I will risk the by saying FBI field Services Offices, Miami, DC, Chicago, LA, WV, background check, Secret Service Check Fraud. Did you know that during extended Stays the French offer Social Security numbers. I have contemplated ways, but even my direct deposit at First Merritt, Chase, Bank Of America and Go Direct have been Stolen, Transferred without consent not to mention loss of Housing, Furnishings, Intellectual Property and more. If you look up Social Isolation in the dictionary you would find my picture.
    Thanks for your time and attention:

  32. #CA #democrat @MaxineWaters FALSIFIED age to get SS Card (her own words on video shown here)

    This is social security fraud by a CONGRESSWOMAN – if she lied about her age to defraud social security did she get benefits earlier too and did she put her made up age on her legal declarations to run for congress? Is that election fraud too!? Will you please investigate and prosecute?

    This is unacceptable and she admitted it on video – I don’t see how she can escape prosecution.

  33. Hi Ray! I hope you can answer me on something that’s
    been bothering me for a long while. I have a very good friend that’s living in a house free of charge, does pay utilities unless she overdraws her checking account which has been more frequent the older she gets & she draws SSI full amount of $735. She’s hit people up for money when she runs financially tight. She’s had to go to Consumer Credit to consolidate her credit card bills. A coworker told me that since she lives in the house free of charge, & is spending money faster than she gets from SSI, she shouldn’t receive full SSI finances. Should she be reported or at least should she contact SSA to let them know? I’m worried spitless that if she doesn’t get her 735 income, she’ll not be able to pay her utilities. Please guide us here. Many thanks!

    • Hi, thanks for your question. The amount of your friend’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit is based, in part, on her living arrangements as well as any income or cash assistance from outside sources. It is important for her to let us know promptly when any change occurs that could affect her benefits. If you suspect misuse of SSI benefits, report it. Please call 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or, you can contact the local Social Security office. Thanks!

  34. Hi Ray! Thanks for letting me know. I’m still not quite sure if this could be considered abuse, but the deed to the house she lives in has been in her father’s name until recently. Her father passed away some time ago & his will stipulated that the house will be divided between the ex-wife & my friend. There was never any deed that stated she owned the house according to county records. There was just a Quitclaim deed which the county did not recognize. But last year, that changed when she said she could no longer take care of the house & gifted it through a special deed without warranty to her brother. My co-worker claims that since she had no real claim on the house all those years and especially now, she needs to let SSA know now before things get worse. My worry is that she might be in a fraud situation maybe without knowing it and loose her money. I found out her mother can no longer support her (she gave her money every month—I don’t know how much). Any additional help you can share would be greatly appreciated since it seems she has to move out of the house she’s lived in due to her brother taking over the deed. Thanks again!

    • All beneficiaries are required to report any changes that can affect their benefits, as soon as possible. Failure to report these changes may result in an overpayment or suspension of benefits. To report misuse of SSI benefits, please call 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or, you can contact the local Social Security office. To report fraud, visit the Office of Inspector General (OIG) website at: Thanks.

  35. Thank you for all the guidance you have given me, Ray! After weeks of research and hunting for answers from my friend, I believe she is committing fraud. I have one final question which will determine my calling SSI. Can she live in a $300,000 house free of charge (without paying rent, mortgage, or taxes) (if she’s owned the house or not), and still receive full SSI benefits? She’s complaining that she’s being forced to pay her brother $300 a month as rent (since he owns the house). She said she made her mom pay all the mortgage payments and taxes on the house when she owned it. If she did that to her mom, shouldn’t she have reported that to SSI? I think they were under the impression that she was paying to live in the house.

    • If you think your friend is misusing benefits, you must report it immediately. Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or you can contact your local Social Security office. If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits we encourage you to report it. Thanks.


  37. As I was reading this article, I became a little confused. Not by the content of the article itself,but by the author referring to Social Security as “tax dollars”. Social Security isn’t and never has been “tax dollars”. The Social Security system was put in place along with Medicare by FAR as part of the “New Deal” implemented after WW2 and the end of the Great Depression so that when people grew too old or became infirm and couldn’t work,they would have money put away for that inevitability. Look on your paycheck. There will be deductions for both state and federal income tax. Then you will see another deduction that is labeled FICA. That is what your employer is made to take out of your paycheck by the federal government for Social Security. Social Security was meant to be a mandatory savings account for each working American’s retirement and could not be accessed before age 65 or under a special circumstance,such as the person became too infirm or sick to work. Ladies and gentlemen, this money does NOT belong to the government!!! It belongs to you! If you become too sick to work,whether by a naturally occurring disease or because of an injury and you have reputable medical evidence to show why you can’t work,you should be given your money. You shouldn’t have to fight the federal government for what you already earned and what is supposed to be being held for you until you need it. Recipients of Social Security are made to feel like a drain on society and that we are living off tax dollars. We are NOT doing anything of the kind and,believe me, the hoops you are made to jump through to get what is barely enough to live on,we should not be made to feel like charity cases or dead beats who just don’t want to work. Social Security needs reform, what’s more is that the American people need to be educated about Social Security, what it is,who it belongs to, and why we shouldn’t have to have to have legal representation to get it when we need it. That’s right! Don’t stand by! Speak up!Holli Heatley

  38. I desire to work and dislike being on SSDI. I read temporary SSDI beneficiaries are three times likely to die. You could tell. I was on SSDI 10 months, then applied to ticket to work. The program did nothing to assist me. A crew even preformed covert abuse towards me. And tried to set me up in a scam. I caught on quickly, and called the authorities. I want to pay my own way and not be on SSA portioned funds. There is no dignity in not earning your living morally and ethically. After the Ticket to Work attempt went nowhere. I got depressed from all the beta brain wave radiation. And attempted fabrication of ILCS violations. I am feeling better before November 30th, 2017 a huge centipede species foreign to Illinois crawled under my door. Some species of insects carry viral vectors. It was actually running faster than a human. I cleaned the whole apartment and informed everyone about the potential virus carrying insect I sensed was breed. I was in such shock and felt beta radiation as well. Went to the ER after hours of catching my self falling from a shock reaction nerve impulse triggered by someone near. Took a nap, and woke up to the loosing muscle control and nearly falling. Beta waves are bad for your health at that level. Suffered compressed fractured vertabrae from the muscle control loss. At the ER I was in severe pain. Was in the ER for hours without relief, then started throwing up from the trauma. I woke up in the ICU with severe pain in my Vertabrae, black eyes, and a bruised brain. I was released from the hospital with Tramadol and follow ups. The muscle control lose disappeared mysteriously. Why me? And why try to cover it up by having my PCP prescribe a pain medication which is the worst possible treatment for C and Delta fiber pain. The correct molecule (being a medication for brain and spinal cord injury pain) will bind to a receptor in the brain stopping the pain. Or relieving it to a more tolerable level then followed by a chiropractor decompressing the fractures. The medicine prescribed was Diclofenac. Which did not treat my freak injuries. The medicine caused stomach bleeding after 3 doses. It caused more back pain. And looks like a deadly medication used as a means to an end as quick as possible to: instead of using the Ticket to Work money (if any was apportioned even-it it was it was not used for vocational rehabilitation in my favor) to assist with employment and self-sufficiency… SSDI barcode #99938747 (what I treated like) had a team of low paid workers and third party contractors hired to decrease my lifespan using cruel and covert methods. I want to work. I do work as much as possible, and my customers smile and are grateful for my PT service. I am capable of working full-time. I was resistant and not wanting to go on temporary disability knowing that people on disability get injured more, sick more, and die quicker than most. Three times more likely to die. Look at the statistics. Made to look unfounded as well. Like breeding a new species in the taxonomy table of a birthday type of biothreats. I am not another barcode, or 1000th person the audit team is trained to pass thru them quickly like sick of their jobs and under pressure from their manager. Undeserving to be on that list of SSDI recipients to exterminate rapidly. I’m 33 not 98 and unable to support myself. Those are sad cases which I read in the hunter and gather times as well the elderly could not be supported by the clan without negativily impacting the clans health and future. I am alone and by myself in my job search. I will continue to try my best to get off SSDI as quickly as possible. It feels by myself. I just have a guardian angel on my side warning me of the incoming dangers. I could sense them and was sad to see people treat me so bad. Could take a polygraph too. Hopefully I could be a success story and we could work together getting off temporary disability and supporting myself. Without further abuse occuring (meant to look unfounded at that). I wish people in my country would work together and flourish. Not bad people putting me in the wrong demographic, and discouraging me from living a happy full life. And having a full-time job like everyone else.

  39. Wanted a 1099 form for my taxes, have not received one for 2017. Gave requested information, but they asked me for the name of the deceased person. No deceased person involved. No rejection of “NO” accepted by IRS.

  40. I call the ss office and asked if I could get my ss# locked (so that no one else could use it..) I was told that.. The ss office don’t deal with and can not help me with this problem …. I don’t know why the agent lied… But I need help…. Can some one help me please….

  41. Rec’d a letter from SSA 2/25. On 3/6 a very nice agent “Connie” told me I’d have to come to my local office as someone opened a fraud account online in my name. Today I tried to call and make appt (letter said to). The wait times were > 1 hr. or I could go online to make appt as my office has no local #. I went online and “Kathryn” called back. She was argumentative and told me I was inappropriate in doing this. She even started yelling at me that she was sending me back to the 800 #. I told her they wanted me to contact her service and she became flustered and irate. She then hung up on me. I guess I just have to walk in to the office even though they recommend against this and want an appt made. There is no other opportunity available. Kathryn should be fired as she was the worst CS employee I’ve come across. BTW I’m an RN, I know the difference.

    • Hi Greg. We apologize and regret to hear you did not receive the level of customer service you expected. If you would like to submit a comment, complaint or suggestion, you can write to us or send us an email message.
      We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  42. Im Sandra Smith. I feel the Social Security is doing me wrong. SSA is taking medicare preminums payments for the year 2016. from me. Problem is I have been incarserated in Ohio DRC State Prison for 5 years. Social Security was notified by Job and Families Service in Cincinnati. The represenative that took this request suspended the benifits, but neglected to suspend the Medicare. As a result I have not recieved a full check since my release Oct 2017. Next month they are taking $620.00 from me. I have no way to pay my rent or anything else. I’ve filed 2 Appeals on this matter. One online. One in person. I was told today by a represenative. There is no Appeal on file period. I have the copy of the Appeal form I filed in person. Please if theres someone out there please help me. My name is Sandra Smith.

  43. I know for a fact that my mother has been collecting my father’s as checks since his death in 1990 problem is she never married him there is no common law in Missouri and she has illegally change d her name to his. Her name is really Martha Jane Yount she is illegally using last name Ray. She has it on her drivers license an LLC listed with Sec if state if Missouri credit cards checking accounts and loans. My father’s name was John Dow Ray. He died Oct 1990. She should have to pay back every hit of money she has stolen. Her current address is 216 SW westwind Dr Lee’s summit MO 64086.. she is also collecting care giver money for herself with Robert Eugene Ray as the receptant well a JUNKIE doesn’t take care if if anyone but themselves.

    • We take allegations of fraud very seriously, when allegations of fraud are reported to our Office of the Inspector General. We thank you for helping us fight fraud.
      If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits, we encourage you to report it.

  44. I recently tried to get a resteaining order to protect my father whom because of unsanitary living conditions had an infection in his blood so bad it is affecting his thought process and was told no he had to sign the documents! Later the abuser called police and had me removed from my family home and my father currently remains in her care! This county does nothing to protect elders in my opinion and make it impossible for the people who really care to take action!


    • Hi Desira, the amount of your Social Security benefit will depend on the amount of your average lifetime earnings. Generally, we use the highest years of earnings to calculate your monthly benefit amount.
      You will need to go into your local Social Security office to correct your earnings record. When you go, you will need to provide proper ID and evidence of your missing earnings, such as W-2s, pay stubs, etc.
      (Note: We prefer to make a correction as soon as possible. However, you can make the correction at the time that you file for benefits).
      You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to make an appointment. Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7:00a.m. and 7:00p.m. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week.
      We hope this helps!

  46. To whom it may concern,
    My name is Kimberly reuss, my 8 year old son skylair hethcox receives ss benefits his back pay of 4,762.56 was supposed to go into the bank in January of 2018 here it is August and still no check this is Opelika al. If you would like you can contact me at 334-487-0418 thank you so much…

  47. I am reporting a possible phone scam call I received last night shortly after applying for a Kohl’s credit card. To get the card I punched in my ss# on their machine. I did n’t give it personally to the employee that was signing me up. The call came from 916-913-9589 with a request to return the call immediately because my SS card has “been comprimised and is being suspended today”. I did not call them back. I’m sending SS thru this comment box to notify ss of this possible scam call. Thanks. Elizabeth Tieszen

    • Thank you for contacting us, Beth. 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.
      The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which receives and analyzes public complaints related to identity theft, recently reported to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) an increase in reports of suspicious phone calls from people claiming to be SSA employees.
      If a person receives a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA, citizens may report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via

  48. i was refused water service at my new residence because i wouldnt give them my ss number. i told the lady and her supervisor that all medicare cards were changed because of identy theft problems and offered my credit report instead. the city of escondido ca. told me 2 forms of id and one had to be ss. they said my only other choice was to pay a $300 deposit. this is both unfair and unsafe.

    • We’re sorry that you had difficulty reaching someone by phone, Sondra. We may have been experiencing higher than normal call volume. Representatives at our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), are available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Generally, you will experience a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week.
      Remember, most Social Security business do not require a visit to a local field office. Many services, including applying for retirement, disability and Medicare benefits, creating a my Social Security account, requesting a replacement Medicare card, or reporting a change of address or telephone number are conveniently available anytime at our website. Thanks!

  49. to Office of the inspector general… I believe I been wrong… I am 64 years old. I try to apply for my Social Security Benefits (SSB) every year since I was 62. Every time I applied they coerce me into NOT getting my SSB. They do this by telling me that I can either have my SSB or Medicaid for my son but not both. They tell me is my choice. I either request for my SSB and my son’s Medicaid is suspended or my son gets Medicaid and I get no SSB. My son is terminally ill with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; without Medicaid he will die. In my eyes this subjects have nothing to do with each other. I have over 40 points accumulated, meaning I have worked all of my life. I am retired military with several wars under my belt. Now that I retired I do not like them giving me a coerce choice and telling me I have to choose; either my SSB or my son’s life. Apples and Oranges – not the same. Why?

  50. I recieved a call that i was in danger of loosing disability benifits.caller left #starting with979- i didnt get # please inform me as to action i must take ss#*** – ** – ***

  51. I am trying to find out why I have not yet received my W-2 form from 2018. All of my neighbors have received theirs, but I have NOT. When I called your office today, I was told by the automated message that my wait time would be over one hour.

    Is there another way for me to obtain a W-2 online?

    I can’t find a phone number for the social security office in Scottsdale, AZ on Tatum Boulevard. Is this number listed on your website. If so, where?

    Thank you.

    Joyce HAUPT, #*** – ** – ***
    Phoenix, AZ

  52. this is urgent I moved to a different location and in need of my benefits like tomorrow. I left out of an abusive family and I couldn’t take my card with me cause my mother is my payee but she does not give me any money at all for 16 years and she is at least supposed to give at least 20 bucks or more every month and I haven’t even gotten that for 16 years. I need my money to start a life of my own and my mother refused to give me my money when I was literally on the streets and I even have proof of that cause I was at a shelter when it happened and like I said I have proof of that cause a women named Tammy at the shelter even herd everything and I had literally a have of a month until I was kicked out of the streets and I told her that and she said with own mouth I will never give the money I take a benefits test and I wasn’t going to cause I already new what they were going to say and so she literally said no and would not send me money until I told her I am going to see you in court. but please I need help as soon as tomorrow please I am begging you. I never even get new clothes when I needed new clothes or shoes either the shoes that I am wearing right now I have had for quite some time. I am in need of socks and and underwear that fits me and not to tight I also cant even get that cause she has spent it all and she would buy extra stuff like her bird cages and stuff on wish for her dogs and send out money to David my brother who lives in Illinios. and spend it on the car like every two weeks cause my brother Zack that lives with her takes it all the time and just spending my money when ever she wants and that she has been doing that since I was 15 or 16 years. I just woke up one day and said I am a person that has a reason to have my money in my name cause she don’t just use it on just the bills and the important stuff in the house. I am living with my boyfriend now and I cant just eat his food without my money and food stamps. I have had two full-time jobs and been told buy the shelter people I shouldn’t be treated like this and she is still in control of my money and I have lived on my own before with no problem and she would only give me the money from checks to pay my landlord. Please I also would like to put my payee in charge of my money to the most trusted person Glen Lee Perry and I would rather trust him to my payee more than anything in this world cause I don’t trust anybody else but I do trust Glen Lee Perry. that is if I cant be my own payee.

  53. How do I report an issue with the SSA without going to a Congressman? I see your IG office does not provide a mechanism to report/investigate internal issues. My father was reported deceased in Nov. We still have no idea who reported him deceased. The SSA pulled back his November payment directly from his bank without speaking directly to my Mother. They only found out after his debit card was rejected. He has visited the local SS Office several times and called the 1-800 number. He still has not been paid. This really is unacceptable. My elderly parents in their 80s should have have to deal with this especially since they rely on their SS payments. Who can we speak to directly to get this resolved without getting our Congressman involved?

    • We certainly do apologize for the delay and inconvenience you are experiencing. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local office and ask to speak with the manager to expedite resolution of your situation.

  54. After 16 Years of being on Permanent Total Disability for Major Depression and Degenerative Joint disease will be stripped. At this point Im not sure what to do,

    • Thank you for contacting us, Richard. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you.

      To inquire about your benefits, you will have to contact your local office as soon as possible or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  55. Got a call from this number today 866-931-7075. Said my Ssa was being stopped. When I call the number back it says mail box is full. Please let me know about this number.

    • Hi Delores. Thank you for letting us know about these calls. We do not usually make random calls. If you or 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 also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams here. We hope this helps.

  56. Today I got a voicemail on my I Phone telling me that they are suspend my Social Security number do to some Suspicious Activity. Can You Help Floyd Ritz

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