Frauds & Scams

Social Security and OIG Establish New Anti-Fraud Units

September 26, 2019 • By

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Last Updated: June 30, 2021

Social Security has zero tolerance for fraud; we are committed to detecting and preventing it. Our agency is diligent and proactive when it comes to protecting the information entrusted to us.

Since 1997, Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General has worked with other divisions within Social Security to establish the Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Program. The CDI Program helps us identify, investigate, and prevent Social Security disability fraud before benefits are ever paid. CDI Units assist disability examiners in making informed decisions, ensure payment accuracy, and generate significant taxpayer savings, for both federal and state programs.

In 22 years, the program has grown to 46 units covering 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. We have opened several units in the last few years as we work together to provide CDI coverage to all 50 states by 2022.

This week, we are proud to announce the expansion of this successful anti-fraud initiative. Three new statewide offices recently in Bismarck, North Dakota; Boise, Idaho; and Helena, Montana. In addition, the Puerto Rico office has expanded its investigative scope to include cases in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Since 1997, the CDI Program has contributed $4 billion in projected savings to Social Security’s programs, and $3 billion in projected savings to other federal and state programs.

Learn more about our CDI Program by visiting Social Security’s anti-fraud website.

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Mike Korbey, Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Mike Korbey, Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Kay E.

    I’ve had a possible fraud on my bank account. I was notified this morning that someone using my name, SS number & personal information was trying to get the bank to sent a new debit card to an out of state address. I’ve informed local police, local SS office & changed my bank account number.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Kay, thanks for using our blog. Generally, identity theft issues are handled by the Federal Trade Commission. Please visit to report identity theft and get a recovery plan or call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338).

      In addition, you want to check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on what you can do if you think someone is using your Social Security number. We hope this helps!

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