Social Security and OIG Announce Additional Anti-Fraud Units

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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43 thoughts on “Social Security and OIG Announce Additional Anti-Fraud Units

  1. I have direct express card for social security disability and u didn’t get my money on it this month. I have called that number on he back for a week now and I just get out on hold waiting for someone to answer, u have sat for 2 hours at a time and no answer. My power is about to be shut off and my phone already is I’m using a friend’s.

    • You said you’ve called the number on the back of your D.E. card, have you spoken with your local Social Security office yet? Or perhaps have you checked ‘mysocialsecurity’ account yet?
      If you still have not heard anything or still have not received anything – what State are you in?

    • Hi Joann. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue and are unable to check for you. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. 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.

  2. In recent days I have had to reach out to both the local Social Security Administration office and dot gov. I took notice of the attention given to recorded intake messages about consumer-beware-of fraud against beneficiaries, however there was nothing given about what to expect when a beneficiary calls the offices, i.e., , what kind of information we should be prepared to give out. In addition, the representatives are not transparent about their identity, such as an introduction of name and ID to assure a person they are speaking to a legitimate employee. No quality assurance and accountability. One even just hung up on me.

    These days hackers scam on mobile devices (even landlines are wireless because most go through the cable modem) easily by getting access to phones via frequency sniffers and Bluetooth.
    They are listening in to obtain information, and doing things such as switching your calls to another party, among other things. Once a beneficiary answers all the layers of verification to prove your the account holder, the scammers are now equipped with vital data to help them complete their efforts to steal from you!

    Perhaps the best way to combat certain fraudulent behaviors is to stop requiring beneficiaries to give out too much personal details over the phone and in e files. A PIN number maybe, a random question that changes from time to time, some type of two step process initiated on the government’s end, etc. Besides myself, almost everyone I talk to is dealing with wireless tech issues and data breaches.

    Food for thought. Process improvement.

  3. I keep getting what I think is spam calls saying my social security # has been compromised. Most likely spam or way into my pocket?

    • Thanks for letting us know, Linda. 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.

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