Frauds & Scams

Social Security and OIG Announce Additional Anti-Fraud Units

October 2, 2020 • By

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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.



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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner


  1. Donna M.

    Congratulations on saving Social Security $4 billion!

    I am curious. The CDI Program costs how much?

    How many physicians are employed by the CDI Program?

    Thank you and have a blessed day.

  2. Eliezbeth B.

    I have had so much fault occurring I am wore out I am at the point where I can’t see any results I say let them take it I got an letter from my university they did own up to they hired hacker and they got everything well hell I new that and they let them go and no refund for me remedy suggestion. My account at bank had 17 hits one day and every month it’s someone else then ebay used PayPal card never used to scam and never replaced the thing and then I find out I have still been charged for app I figured 1 year a go and hits keep coming how about ppp money now that’s a out rageage story and department of education of course had to get suited why me well enough faa fta and all three collection agency they just keep piling it on dun& Bradstreet huh inside trading hum

  3. April M.

    Anti fraud is open but not ssi and don’t rey to backpay inquiries , don’t pay it, change amounts, and nvr game stimulus for my husband or two kids. U say owe me 13000 it should be 21-25000. Trying to situate n resolve before corona

  4. Kish D.

    Good morning, Mrs. Bogle.
    My complaint to OIG was never resolved. I demonstrated false pretenses to forced engagement and mail fraud. No one listened. However Wendy collette Strand was fired from NC A&TSU for felony computer tampering and charged for stalking Me that she pleaded guilty to.
    Wendy Collette Strand stole My ssd award from my Child Asha Anderson.
    Kish D. Anderson.

  5. Mariah S.

    Hey this is Mariah Skinner can yell please mail me a payee application form in the mailbox by tomorrow please and The address is 336 Nw 2Nd street pompano beach Florida 33060 confirm appointment to take veronsit Skinner off the payee of my social security check and put my name on the payee so can yell please take veronsit off the payee of my social security check and Send mail a payee application form by tomorrow to and have approves send a letter by dr locatelli

    • Vonda V.

      Thank you for using our blog to ask your question, Mariah. If you have a representative payee because of a physical or mental disability and you want to become your own payee, you must show Social Security that you are now mentally and physically able to handle your money yourself. You could provide: A doctor’s statement that there has been a change in your condition and the doctor believes you are able to care for yourself; or an official copy of a court order saying that the court believes that you can take care of yourself; or other evidence that shows your ability to take care of yourself.

      To make a representative payee change, you will need to call your local Social Security office to apply. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  6. Monte A.

    I need a replacement S.S. card . The office in Palm Springs on Ramone Road was closed when I visited Oct 2nd . can U send me a new one ? My number is *** – ** – *** and my cell is 206 399 3505 . Mailing address is PO Box 1876 , Palm Desert , Calif 92261 . Thanks Monte Leen

  7. Nelson

    GM. Am very happy, finally, someone open up their and ear, I see so many persons, getting disability and nothing wrong with them

  8. James W.

    In the past week I have received three telephone calls (two on my home phone and one on my cell phone) telling me that my Social Security number was used for fraudulent transactions down in Texas and I should press number 1 on the telephone keypad tp speak to an agent about it. I simply hung up and did no respond to their instructions. There were three different phone numbers but the voice on the other end was a woman and it was the same person every time. The calls came from (1-571-233-5677, 1-703-249-4495 and 1-703-243-2846). Obviously they spoofed peoples numbers to call me. Is this the correct way to tell you about it

    • Vonda V.

      Thanks for letting us know, James. 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.

  9. Rosa

    Es una buena medida, cada dia los estafadores aumentan. Ojalá. Logren el control efectivo.

  10. LUis a.


    My name is Luis Carlos Ayala ,
    And with all honesty and what m integrity I hold the most important moral imperative quality for my legacy and my self worth . My intention with this post is for my selfish need to remove my self from the ugly place where I judge myself everyday with out a piece of mind and the inability to see much or no future or a tomorrOw for myself and many I see common ground with .

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    I recovered the 1st time and I recovered the 2nd time along with and due to The Mesriani Law Group With Rebekah , Rossy , Niki , And Many other Mr Rodney Mesriani Law Corporation Employee net work . WITCH are responsible to themselves to generate financial gain while positioning people like myself and A beneficiary of Medicare with ASSAULT ,OF LIES , re numeration through out their assault included There EVIL , EVIL MENTAL ANGUISH by destroying medical Refferal I was personally handed by medical doctors staff at AHF ! And the law corporation reposition the medical records that are federal medical protected for invasion such a anything to beREPRINTED to reflect missing and changed information to disguise their EVIL ASSAULT TO MATCH a fictitious Doctor Quizi at cedar Sinai hospital in Los Ángeles on the incorrect day that i was never there And to reflect my medical records to refleeeeeect me as (. IMPORTANT – some type of X X SUBstance abuser , who is claiming some type of a head injury who all of the sudden is having a MEMORY Loss episode )))) I’m not that person and the diagnosis issued to myself with and by my Resonant Relationship with my Doctor also the Medical Board and Director of AHF s “ intermitente fugu “ and denoted my existence….

    My attitude is a daily concern … please look at Luis ayala récord and compare them with my entire T2Work and the Forced and Hidden Arbitration That i found this assault taking place n was told nothing I could do

    • Tripp O.

      I pray you recover soon from your latest bout of mental illness.

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