Fraud, Privacy & Identity

Social Security Protects Your Investment

January 14, 2021 • By

Social Security Protects Your InterestWe provide benefits to about one-fifth of the American population and help protect workers, children, people with disabilities, and the elderly.

One of our most important responsibilities is to protect the hard-earned money you pay into Social Security, which is why we have zero tolerance for fraud. We take fraud claims seriously and investigate them thoroughly. We respond quickly and decisively to prevent and detect fraud. For example, we monitor transactions to identify actions that demonstrate an intent to defraud the American people. We will continue to innovate and develop anti-fraud initiatives because any level of fraud is unacceptable.

Our Public Service Announcement provides information to help you understand the ongoing nationwide telephone scam. The video features a message from our Commissioner, Andrew Saul. Along with our Office of the Inspector General, we continue to receive reports about fraudulent phone calls, text messages, and emails. The callers falsely claim that they are government employees. Scammers play on emotions like fear to convince you to provide personal information or money in cash, wire transfers, or gift cards. Fraudsters also email fake documents to get you to comply with their demands.

“I want every American to know that if a suspicious caller states there is a problem with their Social Security number or account, they should hang up and never give the caller money or personal information. People should then go online to report the scam call to Social Security,” said Commissioner Saul. You can report these scams to our Office of the Inspector General.

Learn how to protect yourself and report any suspicious calls or emails right away. If you have been a victim of one of these scams, please do not be embarrassed. Instead, report the fraud to our Office of the Inspector General so we can stop these scammers and protect others. Please share our new Public Service Announcement video with your friends and family on our YouTube page.

You can also share our publication Social Security Protects Your Investment.


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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. Hahaer Aibuer

    My baby was born on September 2020. And we applied for the social security number at the hospital and we were told that we would receive the card within a couple of weeks.

    However, it’s been more than 3 months, we still haven’t received the card. I called your Burbank office and the lady told me that our baby’s social security card was mailed on October 2nd, 2020, and there is no way to track the mail, and she couldn’t answer if it’s lost or postponed.

    We need to use the card urgently now.

    Who should take responsibility?
    Why the mail sent from your office is untrackable?
    And the social security card is highly classified personal information, what if it is used by someone to do illegal activities?

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    • Vonda

      Hi Hahaer, thanks for using our blog. Please contact your local Social Security office for assistance. 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.

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    • Beulah Okonkwo

      Vonda from S.S . Doesn’t seem to think that this is a. urgent matter at all! Such an important document not trackable or sent by certified mail?! Makes no sense in the part of social security!

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    • Brian K Walker

      I was released from prison and was told that I had to file a new application for SSI. When I should of be given the correct information on how to continue my benefits with a decision of fully favorable 2 and half years earlier. I was at a community correct facility and was given the decision to work or how back to prison. I had another hearing after I had worked but couldn’t continue work with complications mental and physical disabilities.

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      • Sue

        Thanks for contacting us, Brian. Supplemental Security Income payments generally aren’t payable for months that you are confined to a jail, prison, or certain other public institutions for committing a crime. If you were incarcerated for more than 12 months, you’ll need to reapply for benefits, and we’ll need to make a new medical decision. For details, please review our What Prisoners Need To Know pamphlet. We hope this helps.

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      • Sue

        Thanks for contacting us, Brian. Supplemental Security Income payments generally aren’t payable for months that you are confined to a jail, prison, or certain other public institutions for committing a crime. If you were incarcerated for more than 12 months, you’ll need to reapply for SSI, and we’ll need to make a new medical decision. For details, please review our What Prisoners Need To Know pamphlet. We hope this helps.

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  3. Richard Rodriguez

    The problem are people living in 55 are older. Younger tenants make their way into the complex and start targeting. They use snakes to put cameras down the walls. Uee fiber optics to attached this to cable lines as well. I think we need to start giving life sentences to these monsters. Karma will get them and what if it was the grandma? It’s scary to here things coming down your wall at night. Let’s all do our part and start getting where you live swept ( cameras, etc , surveillance. It’s time to change This horrific crime

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  4. William Christy

    I haven’t had a I can’t remember when I’m 61 and need it to try and get in housing

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  5. Janet Hawkins

    I can not access my social security account. I have tried everything. I don’t understand. Just because of Corona I should still be able to access my account. Won’t even let me create a new one. Keeps saying information is wrong.

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    • Vonda

      Hi Janet, thanks for using our blog. Sorry to hear you are having difficulties creating a my Social Security account. For assistance with your account, you may call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) 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.

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  8. Josephine monroe

    Hello, I receive SS benefit regularly, I notice that the$600 stimulus payment was scheduled to be mailed 6th January! Still awaiting receipt as of 5th February. I realise that irs deal with this, but is it possible for you to help please?

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    • Vonda

      Hi Josephine, thanks for using our blog. Social Security cannot answer EIP questions about your specific situation. You may find our Social Security and Coronavirus web page helpful.

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  10. Dave

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the money we paid into Social Security is now gone, yes? I was told the previous generation (people working now) are really funding for people like my age (65) and other ages that are younger counting on the Social Security disability. I was also told, in order to save Social Security from running out, it might have to be restructured where everyone gets paid the same amount of money. Not sure if that is the best idea or not. Hoping ny adult children we be able to collect Social Security when they arrive at the proper age. I hope a genius is able to figure all this out before Social Security runs out of support money.

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    • Vonda

      Hi Dave, thanks for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions about the Social Security Trust Funds for details. We hope this is helpful!

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