Fraud

Social Security and OIG Establish New Anti-Fraud Units

September 26, 2019 • By

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 at www.socialsecurity.gov/antifraudfacts/.

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Mike Korbey, Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Mike Korbey, Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Mike Korbey, Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. Synobia Walker

    I just received a call from someone on a recording stating that they are from Social Security. The phone number from them is
    12147718493 and to ask for Officer Malissa Smith. Another number is +17133980931. Please let me know if these are scammers.

    Reply
    • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

      Thanks for checking in with us, Synobia. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General online. We hope this helps.

      Reply
  2. Jack Schultz

    I received a call on 10-21-2019 it as a recording saying that they were from SS. I hung up, then called it back. A man with a speaking accent, ( not a American type of voice). He just said hello, I said that someone from this number called here. He ask for my birth date, I said who are you? He said social Security. I said how do I know you are from SS. He said to go to the SS office and give them the phone and I will talk to them. I said that would take a long time and they will be closed. he said, no they won’t, I hung up. The numbed is 1-972-430-5523

    Reply
    • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

      Thanks for letting us know, Jack. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General online. Thanks also for helping us fight fraud.

      Reply
  3. John Hart

    I received a scam call from this number today:
    (800) 312-5664

    Reply
    • Luis A., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi John. Thanks for letting us know about these calls. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

      Reply
  4. Colleen

    I have received calls from 409-904-0630 in Texas from an Indian woman saying she was from Social Security and that criminal activity is being committed under my SSN. She asked me to confirm my number. Hell no! If you are who you say you are, you already know it.
    I did try to file a report online…when I clicked submit, it said that website did not exist. WTH?

    Reply
    • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

      Thank you for checking in with us, Colleen. Keep in mind that we do not usually make random calls. If you or anyone receives calls saying they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a site specific to Social Security scams here. We hope this helps.

      Reply
  5. Harlan P Overholt

    Just received call from 800-627-8569 on SS number suspension (scam).

    Hope you can run with this.

    Reply
    • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

      Thanks for letting us know, Harlan. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a site specific to Social Security scams here. We hope this helps.

      Reply
  6. Jeanette Simon

    Hello, I received two phone calls today stating there from the SS office and I have a warrant for my arrest for fraud with the SS office and to return there call.
    the phone number is : 203-632-9927

    Reply
    • Luis A., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Jeanette. Thanks for letting us know about these calls. We do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

      Reply
  7. Renee Z Lopez

    I have been a victim of fraud over and over again. I’m illiterate on the computer and don’t realize until it’s too late and I think someone is using my identity but making it seem like its really me. What do I need to do to put an end to this nightmare?

    Reply
    • Luis A., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Renee. 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. If you believe that you have the victim of identity theft, please contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) here. We hope this helps.

      Reply
  8. chuck jacobs

    My mother received a fraudulent Social Security call from # 575-221-5705. When I called it back they responded Social Security and were asking me for personal information. I did not give them any. Please investigate. Thank you

    Reply
    • Luis A., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Chuck. 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.

      Reply
  9. daftar ceme

    great articleee

    ceme online

    Reply
  10. J Guy

    I received a fraudulent Social Security call from # 800-966-9993. You need to post a link to make it easier to report these calls.

    Reply
    • Luis A., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi j. 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.

      Reply

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