Frauds & Scams

Social Security and OIG Announce Additional Anti-Fraud Units

October 2, 2020 • By

Reading Time: 1 Minute

Last Updated: October 2, 2020

At Social Security, we are committed to detecting and preventing fraud. Earlier this week, we and our Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced that four new Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Units opened across the country. CDI Units identify, investigate, and prevent Social Security disability fraud, and are a successful part of the agency’s anti-fraud initiative.  Four new statewide offices recently opened across the country, in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Las Vegas, Nevada; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Omaha, Nebraska.

The CDI Program helps ensure the integrity of Federal disability programs by resolving questions of potential fraud before benefits are ever paid.  The innovative initiative continues to be successful by bringing together personnel from Social Security, our OIG, State Disability Determination Services, and local law enforcement agencies to investigate and analyze suspicious or questionable Social Security disability claims.  CDI Unit efforts assist disability examiners in making informed decisions, ensure payment accuracy, and generate significant taxpayer savings for both Federal and State programs.

The CDI Program consists of 49 units covering 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. We have opened many units in the last few years as they work together to provide CDI coverage for all 50 states by 2022. Since 1997, the CDIs’ efforts have contributed to $4 billion in projected savings to our programs and $3 billion in projected savings to other Federal and State programs.

You can read the entire press release about our new CDI Units here.



Did you find this Information helpful?

Thanks for your feedback!


See Comments

About the Author

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner


  1. Betty g.

    Are you americans??

    Yes, read list of children’s list of approved impairments

    Read each section which would apply to your daughter’s health backed up by drs medical written documents.

    Apply for her,,

    Betty Gordon
    Ames, iowa

  2. carlos r.

    The phone scams are relentless. close to noon. male and female (alarming-warning) voices. About my “SSN was compromised” I hang up.

  3. Georga M.

    Greetings my name iis Juleen Koike and iam a mother of 14 to 15 years old daughter that born with disabilities”” cannot see,walk,speaks properly and also hearing problem in this state were living in Guam they don’t have any help for disable children but they have for adults only that’s why I go online to see if I can apply online to see something I can find to help my daughter with

    • Betty g.

      Are you americans??

      Yes, read list of children’s list of approved impairments

      Read each section which would apply to your daughter’s health backed up by drs medical written documents.

      Apply for her,,

      Betty Gordon
      Ames, iowa

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Georga, thanks for using our blog. SSI makes monthly payments to people with low income and limited resources who are 65 or older, or blind, or disabled. Your child, if younger than age 18, can qualify if they have a medical condition or combination of conditions that meets Social Security’s definition of disability for children, and if the child’s income and resources fall within the eligibility limits. Check out the publication Benefits for Children with Disabilities for more details.

      We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact the nearest Federal Benefit Unit in the area for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.

  4. Abraham B.

    What is happening with the fraud of food stamps? I have worked in the grocery business for over fifty years and continue to see the abuse of using food stamps. I have seen it people that don’t deserve to have food stamps. And the results of unhealthy children. I wish that I could help stop this abjuse of food stamps.

  5. George C.

    Is there a department at SS that would like to hear a taped phone call I received telling my of suspicious activity on my account ?

    • carlos r.

      With all the exotic electronic surveillance technology, these scamming cockroaches would be nailed, and prosecuted with jail and high fines and photos posted on this site. Good people, seniors, are so vulnerable and easily scared into falling the scam.

    • Vonda V.

      Thanks for checking in with us, George. You can report suspicious calls here. For more information on how to protect yourself, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. We hope this helps.

  6. rosa c.

    Hello I am Rosa Carmina Vázquez now. Before to take the oath I was Rosa Carmina Chona Hernandez as my single last name. When I took the oath I did not received any paper for change my single last name by married last name. My question is what I need to change my new last name in my social security card . Thank you for answer and your soon respond

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Rosa, thank you for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page on how to change your name. If you do not want to mail in your documents, which will be returned, you may need to wait for the offices to reopen. Use our Social Security Office Locator to find your local office address. We hope this helps.

  7. linds P.

    thanks so much for doing this!! it makes a Lot of sene to me. who do we report those phone calls to that lead to Fraud/ thanks

    • tony

      This article is about Social Security beneficiaries, applicants, and their representative payee commiting fraud. Social Security fraud has run rampant and with all these unemployed Americans it will get worse. Millions of them will be looking for free Social Security disability money to scam. They will be claiming fake anxiety, depression, and back pain.

    • Vonda V.

      Thanks for letting us know. Generally, we will only contact you if you have requested a call or have ongoing business with us. Recently, scams—misleading victims into making cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for Social Security number problems—have skyrocketed. Our employees will never threaten you for information or promise a benefit in exchange for personal information or money.

      If you receive a suspicious call like this: 1) Hang up. 2) Do not provide personal information, money, or retail gift cards. 3) Report suspicious calls here. For more information on how to protect yourself, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. We hope this helps.

  8. Walt

    CDI units are needed because fraud is rampant!!!

  9. Denise C.

    It’s great if all government agencies get there fraud gone for good America will be out of debt and Americans will see a huge reductions in fake jobs for the government which in turn will get the over inflated government back to a smaller size and a more American people ran government as it was always created to be!! All positions were created by votes of the people never the congress giving themselves over inflated raises of thousands of dollars and ridiculous benefits for life and then staying in for 30 to 40 years and becoming so bad thing no law for them now time to face there crimes!

  10. Rovalia b.

    I have experienced fraud my name is Rovalia brown and I need help someone used my unemployment and took 3 months of money from me

    • Vonda V.

      Hello Rovalia. If you think someone is using your Social Security number, there are several actions you can take. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page about this topic. Thanks!

Comments are closed.