Social Security Takes Fraud Seriously

An identity thief holds a Social Security card in front of a keyboardOne out of five Americans receives benefits from Social Security, including elderly retirees, people with severe illnesses, and widows and children of deceased wage earners.

With so many of our country’s most vulnerable citizens depending on us, we take our responsibility of providing them with a measure of financial security seriously.

One way we do that is by making a priority our many efforts to pursue those who would cheat the system and take money away from those who need it most.

The agency’s benefit programs are far-reaching and complex, which means that preventing, detecting, and combatting fraud, waste, and abuse is an ongoing challenge. Although we can’t prevent every instance of fraud any more than law enforcement can prevent all crimes, we aggressively investigate potential instances of fraud and pursue prosecution of those who commit it.

Our Office of Anti-Fraud Programs (OAFP) uses many tools to help predict where fraud may occur so we can identify it as quickly as possible. OAFP works alongside the Office of the Inspector General, and Disability Determination Services in the Cooperative Disability Investigation (CDI) program. CDI units investigate and resolve questions of fraud in our programs. There are stiff penalties: We seek the maximum punishment allowable under the law to restore money stolen from the American people. As a result, fraud affects only a very small percentage of our overall payments.

You can help protect your investment in Social Security. Take time to learn all the facts on how we work to prevent fraud. Remember, if you suspect fraud, report it or call the fraud hotline at 1-800-269-0271.

 

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480 thoughts on “Social Security Takes Fraud Seriously

  1. I applied for disability and SSI back in March and been trying to get some information on the status. I have logged in to my Social Security account many times and haven’t gotten anywhere. The message has told me for 3 weeks that a decision has been made and I would receive a letter, but I have gotten nothing. I would appreciate it if maybe you could help me get some information on this issue. Thank you

    • Thanks for trying to use our online services – we appreciate it! After a medical decision has been made on the claim, the length of time it takes to process the application for payment can vary depending on whether your claim is randomly selected for a quality assurance review of the decision, or if we still need to verify documents or other personal information. We’re sorry for the wait you are experiencing, but we assure you that we care about our customers and are working as fast as we can. We encourage you to continue working with your local office, or if you have further questions, and would like to speak with someone regarding the status of your claim, call 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week.

      • You need to get a lawyer. I had to get a lawyer. I was told that all benefits are automatically denied & had so much trouble trying to get anything accomplished until I got a lawyer. I lost 2 years of income, spent my entire savings & retirement fund & now I live off of my disability income only & it’s not easy to say the least. I am in the lower income bracket, can’t live alone. I’d be on the streets if I didn’t have some family members to live with. I don’t know what my future holds for me & its very depressing. I can’t afford to buy a car to get around. Forget about ever taking a vacation or even eating out once in a while. This has ruined my life getting sick!!!

        • Sorry about your luck. While I know it is too late for you anyone working who does not carry disability insurance is taking a large risk. It is much more likely to become disable before retirement age than dying. My work carried that as a benefit but if it did not I would of bought that insurance. As you and countless others have found out , you can starve to death before you are approved for Social Security Disability. And almost always you need a lawyer to navigate the system.

          • I agree that no you don’t always have to get a lawyer for disability. But I do think it’s a little less stressful for the person whose applying as far as the stress of everything and that’s depends on the individual. I however did call a lawyer before trying to get it myself and I have to say it took 30 days and I was approved. They payed back pay for year and the week
            After I received mine, my daughters came through also with a years back pay because of the date I was determined disabled. Maybe it has to do with the lawyers. But when I applied through the lawyers I had nothing more I need to do other than sign a release for them to get my records. A month later both checks were in the mail. I do think that the lawyers make it easier on the person applying but if your disabled and the lawer takes the case, it takes no time at all. Maybe not everyone but the majority

        • I have to say from experience, that all benefits are not automatically denied and you don’t HAVE to get a lawyer if your paperwork and documents are submitted properly. I went through this with my mother who suddenly became disabled a couple of years ago and her benefits were granted upon the first submission and she received her pay about 7 months later. It was a long wait but with all the fraud that steals tax payers money from the SS bucket, I’m glad they try to be thorough. Like I said, submit papers and documents thoroughly and you should not have a problem.

        • I am going though the same type of situation with ss. I had a lawyer who made it worse. I am now 68 and have no income. I am trying to get ssi but ss says i do have income ss. it is crazy and i was convicted of fraud by the lawyer for ss and did not know what i was doing.

        • I’m going through the same thing and Im still waiting. I’ve gone through so much including discrimination as well as having to deal with a SS employee that isn’t even in my case fo into my file and tell mutual people I know the details of my claim. I’ve had enough!!

          • That’s illegal they are not allowed to give information to anybody unless you approve of a person on your behalf. Report it to the ssa

          • Same thing with me I reported to SSA that their employees are adding false information in case file, some documents, have no name signature or anything no dates.Yet its an exhibit for ALJ to consider So many documents are inaccurate and incomplete.Yet Ive been SSA office with proof nobody has taken time to review my complaints what a mess

        • I agree it’s hard to beat a disability claim. However not everyone needs to get a lawyer. There are local legal aid places that can help also.

          • well it is sad , I was told I am 100% disabled by a woman at social security, yet she told me she is not sending my file to the upper people for approval. My doctor filled out a paper, I did not know what it meant, and social security when I sent it to them called me and told me. Yet she will not send my file to the upper. This was years ago and it has gotten worse. I will never do a phone interview or meeting. It has caused me sever depression on top of everything else.

        • I went thru the exact same thing and know how hard it is to get by on nearly nothing. I wish that everyone in the same boat as us would write a letter to Pres. Trump demanding that all the money that the obama adm. stole from S.S. be returned and all the illegal payouts to non citizens be stopped then raise the COLA where it should be. I cant afford to go to the dentist or the doctor because the suppliment to medicare cost almost as much as the check I get for disabillity for the month.

          • Thank you. I am under the poverty $ for 1, they know I am with 34 year old son lost everything, a friend. Yes. No help in the scams. No letter of denial EVER CAME. PLAY ASSHOLE WITH ME , I want a supervisor with a check to say no. If I can I am Washington bound. To fuq red headed step dink in CHARGE!WTF? Lightening hit him. Bless our nation, he will end it by playing with the bad kid on block…yep. Soviet and I am stating. We are going to because this THING TOOK HELP FROM COMMIES TO SCAM. ANYONE REALLY THINK HR GOT 51 percent dictoral college? Really. Numbers and dollars. 😢

        • I understand what your talking about. I too am the victim of false information going into my social security file. An Attorney claimed that she has an “:assignment” from a State Agency to Garnish my Social security for $350 each month – for life. It has taken me 11 years to gather enough information to prove that the attorney has lied but the lawyers has immunity so I will lose all of the money taken from me! So much for living in a “free society”.

      • Work with the local office! Is that a joke? They aren’t qualified to make medical decisions! They rubber stamp “DENIED” on every claim. They are useless!

        • To clarify. Most Social Security disability claims are initially processed through a network of local Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices and State agencies (usually called Disability Determination Services or DDSs). The field office is responsible for verifying non-medical eligibility requirements, which may include age, employment, marital status, income, resources or Social Security coverage information. If the applicant meets these requirements, then we forward the application with any medical information provided by the applicant, to the Disability Determination Services. The field office does not make medical determinations. See Disability Determination Process for more information.

          • I started recieviing SS benefits after my discharge from the military. After the 2nd r 3rd year of receiving benefits I called the SS office and told them I may be able to go back to work. They asked if I was enrolled in college and I said yes. They told me not to call and that they would contact me when they would review my claim again. IAre these calls kept track of? Because if I am calling to update my status and that is the answer I am given on a few occasions what protects my rights if they investigate me later or during that time. I called to make them aware and protect myself , but I am not sure if these phone calls are recorded or documented, Anyone have an idea .

          • We THANK YOU for your service to our country. Social Security strongly supports those individuals who want to return to the work force while supplementing their disability benefit income. We have Work Incentives that allow people to work and still receive their benefits. If you get disability benefits and your condition improves or you return to work, report these changes to us by calling us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or contacting your local Social Security office. We hope this information helps.

          • I tried calling 18007721213 last Monday between 7 and 7:30am EST and was told by the automated response that their office is closed. I called today Dec 5th. between 9am and 10am and was aslo told again that their office is closed and that i should call back Mon-Fri between starting at 7am, cant remember what time the machine said ssa closes.

          • We apologize for the inconvenience John. Our telephone system seems to be operating properly. Representatives at our toll free number 1-800-772-1213 are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7.p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day, or later in the week. Remember, we respond to questions and provide general information on our Retirement, Survivors, Disability, Medicare and SSI programs. If you have a general question, we encourage you to ask here. But remember, never post personal information on social media. You can also create a my Social Security account to get estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, and review your earnings record and the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid. Thanks and please try again!

      • Hi I believe that my payee is robbing me on use an agency that’s taking my money and supposed to put in and escrow account talking about its for future bills can they do this without out my permission? ?

      • I applied for SSI benefits for my daughter in July she was removed and put into foster care for like 30 days she came home on a trial placement and she was recently approved. I want to know can dcfs stop me from getting her payments even tho she’s home with me

        • Hi Shareka, we are unable to provide an answer to your question. In your situation, it is best to contact your local field office. Or, you can call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask to speak with one of our representatives, who are available Monday through Friday between 7:00am and 7:00pm. Thanks.

      • I need help i am trying to set up online account but it wont let me… i have tryed coupple times … can u please help me ….

      • Blah blah blah. All you get from these people are rhetorical trained generic responses. After four years of battle with these numnuts I finally won my case ( After dragging it to Supreme Court). AND still, a year leter I am waiting for my final payouts over the amout $17.000!!! Despite all, not a peep not a word.. Oh, and by the way, NEVER trust any attornies from Legal Aid of new Jersey.. I haven’t been able to contact him for over 5 months… Vicious hyenas have nothing on these people…

      • I answered a question wrong when I had my phone interview I called the next day to correct it and give the correct answer will this determine my approval and will I go to jail ??

        • Hi Sheryl. Social Security applicants and beneficiaries are required to give accurate information about their income, living arrangements, medical condition, and other things that affect eligibility for benefits. They also have to tell SSA when this information changes—for example, when they move, or start working. To follow up and to make sure that the correct information that you provided has been updated on your record, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, and speak to one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later during the week. Thanks.

      • well i been having sorta the same issues , but for a fact number onee, your local office doesnt always cooperate, secondly, when someone like myself has documented proof of coruption , not a soul to stand up fpr the disabled! as for the say what they t213 number, some wiill say what they want you to know, a rare few has compassion, but i was told by one last week,im only a field support, and besides all we are here is for people with active cases. you know what it blows hard.

    • Your request is off topic, but don’t rely on just your computer for communication about your claim status. SSA will inform you of the nature of their decision by letter. If you haven’t recvd this by now, definitely call 800-772-1212 ask if if the letter is overdue & needs to be resent. Make sure SSA is sending this & all other mail to your current address. If a decision was made & you miss the expected appeal timeframe (60 days plus a few days extra for mailing), you’ll have to convince SSA in writing that you have “good cause” for submitting a late appeal (should that be necessary). Better not to go there!

    • Social security stealing my money and benefits lieing and said the social security did not do it and my money is dropping when it was going up and they took a chunk of my money and said the comminsoner stealing it.that also owe me a check they refuse to paid back.I also have a award letter saying I don’t paid for medicare and my vision act up from malpractice injury so they told me if I fill out paper from medicaid which I was told I also suppose to get medicaid that what the lawyer said that deal with the appeal for that.if you have email I can give you my personal email only so you can stop the fraud they doing to me you know the section code law stealing money from me.and I’m not allow to go or call them cause they file false police report on me and I have proof to give you of what they said and did to me I was assaulted and abuse by people in places cause it happen in both state that certain people of different kind that help to do that.what can you do for me I have court trying to fight the false report which my lawyer don’t want the proof maybe people with lawyers social workers since they refuse to help and judges and certain people the PD department and security officers and people that not part of the agency’s helping.they made me lose my job which I had needed it and turn off my insurances and made sure doctors not flushing and fixing what those people did I was also poison and treating by people in places cause they commuting crimes on the low would you like names of places and names so you can see what they about please reply thank you

      • And the agency’s acting funny too maybe they part of it how can you fix it you know the fraud law which they are accountable to the full punishhment of the section code law specailly to a us citizen asap I need my money fix what info you need of mine so you can fix it before it get out of hand they not trust worthy for me to call them so they can file another false report.what info you need of there so they can get pick up if not fix I don’t need people losing there jobs cause of others that dislike those who doing there job.they made me homeless I have no money to eat and my kids need things and hungry too can I send you the award letter on here or you have email so you can have them to fix it and deal with them too so they can drop the case with another agency with the same false report problem they doing when I have proof asap I need it fix I have bad side affect health problems which the doctor said I need plenty of bed rest and real meds to get rid of the bad health problem they cause thank you.

      • They refuse to give me another social security card and medicare card after being homeless for what they did to me and said the government in places stealing my money to paid there bills which they don’t do that I don’t know who part of it in places but please fix it and sent it to me thank you would you like my info do you have email private so you can stop it before others steal government funding for people I have info of places and you can stop it before its too late please hurry and message back and have them fix it asap I need my money fast I’m really really hungry and my kids need things too and with that I can find somewhere to stay thank you very so much please fix it take care

    • My father passed when I was thirteen I am now 26, but I was advised years ago about a check I should have received but didn’t and come to find out someone took my cheat and cashed it. I was not aware of this but after all these years is there something that could be done.

      • I’m in the same boat as you. I was forced to leave at gun point by my step dad and lived on the streets until my friends father told me about the social security money I should’ve been getting. Turns out I lost close to $20,000 of my checks that were being cashed without me knowing. I got a years worth when I moved back into my mom but I’m still wondering about all the money I lost from them stealing it and if there’s anything I can do to get it back?

        • Thank you for your comment Kyle. The office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigates a variety of situations that may be considered fraud, such as when an individual misuses benefits when acting as a Representative Payee. Also, we will investigate all allegations of misuse, gather facts and evidence, and make a decision on whether misuse has occurred. Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or you can contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

          • hey hes telling the truth. i benn fighting this issue since 2013, and wow.,in 2015 they said they had over paid me 10 dollars ,and took may and junes checks, i mean all of them.now i have proof on that but is there one person in ssa to stand up for u, i ink not ,and all the topics aplly when someone is taking whats not thiers to take

          • Hi Kenneth, we are sorry to hear of your situation and we understand your frustration. Unfortunately, your problem is a bit more than we can handle in this forum. For your security, we do not have access to information about overpayments on accounts in this venue. For more information and to learn about appeal and waiver rights, read our publication on “Overpayments“. For further assistance, you can call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday but you will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks.

    • Me and other family members have reported an individual numerous times and the individual has been punished one time, by having 75.00 deducted each month off original amount. The individuals child does not meet criteria to receive ssi income, the mother of child received benefits when child lived with father, which is not right, and the individual receives 1900.00 month in child support income and grosses over 500.00 a week…which if calculated correctly, she doesn’t qualify to even get ssi income. Attorneys have sent certified letters to ssi, Medicaid, and foodstamps, but yet, this individual still receives benefits. Who do we need to contact about this? All information backing up everything we say has been turned over to your office more than once. Also, child has not had vaccinations since 2010…she is 6 yrs old. Mother has not kept any appts that were ordered by dr., and 1800.00 worth of our tax payer dollars went to fitting and making this child ankle braces which mother has yet to pick up for the child. Something needs to be done about this. Child has mild EDS, double jointed. She has enrolled in cheer, swimming, dance, and yoga all paid for by the father. She has no restrictions as her type of EDS is mild and does not keep her from learning or participating in active sports.

      • I feel your pain, am right their with you. We had huge issues with ss from the start, wife is disabled, our daughter never got her portion. We asked and asked, she’s just now getting it and now the wife is the ex and will spend it on herself. I wish I had never filed or heard of it, 25 years of paying now gone.

    • There are alot of things that are looked at when applying for dissability. Your age and extent of your percieved dissability. I would wait before hiring an attorney to see what response you recieve. If you are awarded disability you will be paid from the date you filed the claim. If you are denied dissability I would then look contact an attorney.

    • I have meneires disease and an undiagnosed nerve disorder. After being denied twice It took 2 years before I saw an ALJ, she gave me fully favorable, without mush room for doubt as to why. Now they tell me its in “Quality review and will be another 10 months. This is utter BS. I have lost my house, my car,. sold every possession I have and now I will be homeless. Social Security is ridiculous in the time they take, and heres is a great one as well. I was approved as of may 2015 but I will only get 12 months backpay on my disability. Can you explain to me why I have to lose the other 7 months backpay due to them being slow? Also since it will be another 10 months according to the rep I spoke to, is that another 10 months disability im losing? It is all absolutely moronic.

      • We apologize for the delay and inconveniences you are experiencing, Doug. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local office. You can ask to speak with the manager to see how we can help to expedite resolution of your situation. If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks.

  2. I am glad to hear you are going to do something about FRAUD in Social Security. Sending checks to the deceased, to people that gave not paid in and to those that are not citizens. What happened? that it has gone so awry??? Those that have paid in and followed the rules are being threatened everyday, hearing there may not be Social Security, that you are broke! Please stop the FRAUD and terror! Let’s see it happen now!

    • It has taken me 4 years to the day. To get my ssdi started now I have made a couple of neighbors angry and they have started trying to get me in trouble with ssdi.iv been told that. These neighbors have reported me. For. Fraud. I have a bad back along with a sever case of osteoauthritis in every joint in my body. I have been ordered by my dr to try to stay moving that helps with the stiffness. But. My neighbors are constantly taking pics of me. What should I do??

        • If you’re in such terrible physical shape and a Dr. has advised you to engage in whatever behavior it is the neighbors are taking pictures of… how could anyone get you in trouble with SSDI?

  3. If fraud is such a issue and the SSA is serious about it then why has the administration not adopted the use of Social Security cards with a photo ID on them. This I believe would help in preventing fraud. I saw a article that SSA over a ten year period incorrectly gave away billions of dollars in disability checks, some even to dead people. I think in the 21 century, with all the computer power we have, the SSA can do better than this. Isn’t the your middle name “Security”

    • We need Photo ID to stop this fraud. I have a Autistic son and I can- not get social security disability for him.

    • The photo idea is not bad, but SSN cards currently don’t expire & thus the pictures would go out of date. Instead to prove that you are the person named on the card, it is only necessary that you present ID with the SSN card (like a driver’s license, state ID, or a passport). Unfortunately, some that accept fraudulently presented (often fake) SSN cards, i.e. some employers, aren’t really that interested whose SSN is being presented so even a photo wouldn’t necessarily help. Probably a better more modern approach would to be to manufacture SSN cards with a chip (like most new credit cards) & require that employers obtain a SSN card chip readout for all their employees each year.

      BTW, the vast majority of the disability money that gets incorrectly paid is not money paid to the incorrect person. One problem is that beneficiaries don’t always report timely when they return to work, and by the time SSA finds out from IRS, the beneficiary is grossly overpaid. Also, SSA has failed at times to act timely when clients do report their work, but SSA has been working hard to resolve this problem with improved software. In my opinion there is still plenty of room for better & timelier database interfacing between SSA, Homeland Security, & IRS, but this would require additional funding (not only for SSA) & would require changes to current law.

      There is another issue inflating the “incorrect paid benefits” issue that is almost impossible for SSA to resolve. Much money is paid to those that SSA has determined to be no longer disabled. However, beneficiaries have appeal rights and the option to elect to continue to be paid until appeals are exhausted. Not that the beneficiary’s right to continue benefits in this way is a bad thing, as many are successful with their disability cessation appeals once sufficient medical information is obtained. Immediately stopping benefits for persons that remain truly disabled would result in forcing many to be unnecessarily homeless and on the streets. Besides the personal hardships this would cause, it would also create additional societal problems and costs (such as to emergency rooms) and this would likely negate for society any money SSA would save.

    • I agree with what you saying Steve social security cards with I pic so social security can stop letting people steal my money in the office and out of the office and they hurt me in the social security office to when they detain me left marks on me I show it to those cops and they told them to let me go I did nothing and have no info of them but there names and where they work only that’s all I need to give you

      • Medical places and social security have my medical record and still messing with me but now if I call the IRS then it won’t be funny so please fix it anyway I can’t go there cause of lack of vision problem they cause they told me my eyes going to get fix and any mental health and medical problems they cause that hurting me so when I try seeing my kids it feel like I have eyes injury’s they cause please fix it asap so I can have a warm place to stay at with my health problems they cause I need a safe warm place so I can feel comfortable in my own place to stay at and stay safe and warm the doctor told me its cold to play with people asap thanks it suppose to be send in my account.don’t listen to them calling me a liar ask me and I send you proof asap please fix can’t get medical fix until you have them turn it back on thank you

  4. How do we investigate Social Security Employees that harrass people who receive SSI and disablity which is also a ongoing problem.,They treat you like your automatically lying to them and treat you like second class . Just like the IRS someone should investigate and look into Social Security as well… just a thought and opinion .

    • Thanks for your feedback, Richard. SSI is a needs based program intended for disabled individuals who have limited income and resources, so we review SSI cases from time to time to make sure the individuals receiving checks are still eligible to get them. There are many variables in determining when and how often we review SSI cases, including but not limited to changes in resources, income, living situation, or medical conditions. We apologize if you felt harassed when our representatives asked you questions related to these issues. You can request to speak to a manager on your next visit to discuss any perceived employee misconduct. You can also reach us by visiting our “Email A Question to our Support Team” web page, where you can send us an email with your comments or questions.

      • I had to report my contact at my local SSA office. He was very patronizing and condescending. I’ll bet my IQ is higher than his. I told him he didn’t have to speak rudely to me. Claimed he wasn’t. Since calls are recorded I turned his butt in

    • Yes that is true. I have a nephew who stepdaughter is 20 and they live with me and her mother gives her what ever she wants there is nothing wrong with her other then she sees a shrink every wk just so the shrink puts her on ssi. Nothing has happened to the 20 yr old it’s just she is PURE lazy. She is very smart and sits all day on her cell phone just waiting to go on ssi. She never went to look for job and her mother makes her do NOTHING it upsets me and I want to put them out but I can’t do that to my nephew. I and my husband and nephew and wife work really hard to make ends meet and here sits a dam 20 yr old want for dr to put her on ssi cause she reads things on her phone that tells you how to do the system. She is very proud not to look for job. It just upsets me. Think I could get hold of her dr and let her know that she is faking. Please help

      • First of all, who are you to say that she is faking. Are you a Dr? Are you qualified to give diagnosis. Do you realize that SSDI and SSI can be awarded to those with disabilities mentally, or emotionally, or are even sufferers of disorders that you can’t see? The fact that she does nothing but sit on the phone all day is a read flag. Are you and your husband excepting rent money from any of the family member connected to the young lady receiving benefits? I want the SSA to know that there is also a reverse fraud trend happening where people call SSA to report fraud on a beneficiary out of mallace, jealousy, and envy. Working people, people who have been blessed with no disability, and whom have been blessed with the ability to go into the world and earn a wage think that, if the beneficiary is not slumped over, lame, unable to talk, or suffer from extreme retardation then they aren’t disabled. They get on threads like these and make comments like the one I’m replying to. This is a huge problem that I could only imagine bogs down the fraud detection and investigative systems! Because a person is smart or intelligent DOES NOT mean that they aren’t suffering from a disability you don’t see! Intelligence is awesome but useless if you can’t get out of your bed, or muster up the courage to even go into convenient stores. Being smart means NOTHING when youre to scared to leave your house! Degrees, certifications, licenses mean nothing when you’re so caught up in horrible thoughts that you can’t manage bathing, or getting to a place on time, or even remember what you’re supposed to do when you finally took enough medicine to get yourself there! #SSA I really feel like you need to look into this. I hear about people doing it all the time just out of hatefulness and spite. And to the grown woman who wrote this judgmental, threatening post, about someone whom you hardly know, you need to check your motives, and your judgmental attitude! You know nothing of what that young lady might be going through and unless you hear her say “I’m just faking it to get the money” or something along those lines then you have no business attempting to diagnos someone based on what you see. Also SSI benefits are not even for disabled people but for low to no income ppl though some disabled people receive SSI on top of their SSDI (DISABILITY BENEFITS) so I think first mind your business, and second AND third, be extatic of the fact that you and your husband are blessed to be able to maintain gainful employment to support your family and stop making rash decisions and judgments based on what you think is disabled or not disabled or low income or not low income

      • And may I also say to SSA this reverse SS fraud I.e. making false fraud claims against beneficiaries because one doesn’t THINK that a person should be receiving or isn’t disabled out of spite it really needs to be dealt with. A lot of beneficiaries live in fear. Yeah you could say don’t tell anyone but hey get this, you have to tell who you rent your home or apt from where you receive your income, and that leasing agent or landlord has a mouth that they use at their descretion! They blab to one person and the whole neighborhood/complex is taking pictures of you getting groceries out of your car or taking a walk! Its ridiculous and those citizens who do abuse the fraud reporting system to bring up these false reports, they need to be dealt with at the same level of discipline as those who steal from SSA! removing myself from soap box. #goodday!

  5. If SSA took fraud seriously it would be transparent about it. Transparency would be to publish the number of claimants that have experienced fraudulent filing of internet claims on their records. Transparency would mean publishing data regarding those who have experienced benefit theft from their mySSA accounts when thieves diverted their checks into their direct deposit bank accounts. Over 100,000 customers have experienced such robbery.

    Don’t lie to the public about SSA’s fraud vigilance. If SSA was vigilant about fraud, it would have instituted far greater security measures to prevent cyber thieves from filing false internet applications and stealing claimants benefits. Instead it was expedient for SSA to institute minimal security to enhance SSA’s goal of forcing claimants to file on the internet and therefore allowing SSA to close offices and reduce staff.

    • Social Security has taken action to fight fraud. In addition to strengthening our procedures for identifying callers who request changes on the phone, we also added unique and stringent fraud protection tools to our online registration and authentication technology. For security purposes, we cannot publicly discuss the specifics of the modifications we made. Our efforts to prevent fraud have been successful, and the amount of fraud in our programs is extremely low. Opening a my Social Security account is safe—as well as quick, free, and easy. You will need to provide some personal information and answer some questions only you are likely to know. This process protects you and keeps your information private. There are extra security features, too. You can have unique text message codes sent to your cell phone each time you want to sign in. There is even an address bar at the top of your screen indicating the website has an extended validation certificate. This means the information you provide to Social Security will be encrypted and that the website has been verified by a certification authority.

      Keep in mind that, although we have made our online services safe and convenient, we remain fully committed—now and in the future—to sustaining our local offices to provide face-to-face service to members of the public who need or prefer to conduct business with us in person. It’s all about choice. We understand the service expectations of the public are evolving, and we need to meet these changing expectations as the demand for our service grows. Join the 19 million satisfied customers who have successfully set up my Social Security accounts. You can safely review estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, your earnings record, and the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid.

      • hey Ben stop with the propaganda. publish SSA’s fraud statistics regarding I claims and MYSSA. Thousands of customers have been defrauded and all you can reply with are platitudes. Publish the statistics on how many have been victimized. Anyone who files online or does business via mySSA is taking a huge risk. Go to the SSA office. Don’t risk identity theft by filing online. Why do SSA managers encourage customers to file online at libraries where their private info can be easily stolen??? All SSA wants to do is dupe the public in filing online and then close field offices so the public has no other choice.

      • sometimes SSA became ridiculous, my father is 80 years old, and confused many times because a stroke he had.but if he get online to check his benefits or something, his old fingers make errors, once or two times, SSA, suspended his electronic access for 24 hours, come on, why they dont use the security questions (3) instead.is not easy even for me, am younger, capital letters, numbers and so on changing passwords every 6 months, SSA is dealing with elderlies and disabled,find another way not suspended access.what if the person is sick and cant call SS, nobody else can do it, some kind of discrimination is this, against the elderlies.

  6. Our son has insulin dependant Diabetes, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and his immune system is in bad shape. He applied for disability with Social Security and thus far has been told by a SSA judge to see their doctor. He spent exactly 3 minutes with the Doctor and was told he had no restrictions on working, walking, climbing or any type of exercise. With that determination he was turned down for his claim and has to reapply. Thanks to SSA he has already waited over two years only to be told it will be a lot longer still. He is unable to work or provide for his family. It appears SSA does not care, unless they are hoping he will die before they have to pay.

    • We are sorry to hear of your son’s condition, and that his application for disability benefits did not go the way you had hoped. If your son does not agree with our decision, he has the right to file an appeal. To learn more about the four levels of appeal and how the appeals process works, see The Appeal Process page on our web site.
      If his disability claim was denied at the hearing level, he may ask for a review by Social Security’s Appeals Council before he files a new claim, but he must ask for a review in writing within 60 days of receiving the hearing decision.

      • I have a similar situation and my son was actually on SSI. It was taken away when he was 19 because they said he was no longer considered disabled with ALL of the same conditions! Plus NOW they are charging him for overpayment!! So frustrating and no help from anyone to fight!! Meanwhile, a relative is getting her daughter’s disability money without her daughter even living with her!! No justice!!!!!

  7. Fraud investigation is a joke! I an an attorney practicing SS law and receive numerous inquiries about turning in someone for fraud. When I contact SSA about fraud they refuse to take a third party report, also they will not keep confidential the reporting person.

    • Thanks for your efforts in helping us fight fraud, Robert. You can report fraud online to our Office of the Inspector General, where reporting is easy, safe and secure. You can remain anonymous, but keep in mind that your decision for anonymity may limit our ability to conduct a complete investigation. The length of time that it takes to investigate a fraud case varies. Also, federal regulations prohibit the disclosure of information contained in law enforcement records even to the individual making the allegation.

      • Lorenzo, I firmly expected a young woman of committing fraud and three times updated the Office of The Inspector Grneral. She is a confirmed felon & I’d like to know if a felon can receive disability. She rented from me and told me to my face she was working for a friend cleaning apartments for cash. She has 4 children and at only 33 was collecting checks for herself & all of her 4 kids. After her first arrest, one father got full custody of his child and I doubt very seriously that she informed the SSA Disability Division that she was no longer qualified to receive money for that child. Lastly she’s been arrested under two aliases & been married at least 3 times so who knows which name she is using to collect her disability. I feel that as the person who began the investigation) with an urgent push from a young man at the SSA after having pulled and viewed her file, I should be allowed to know what the outcome was of the investigation that I started. Don’t you believe I have s right to know if she was cheating my Government and if I was correct in my assumptions?

        • Denise, the length of time that it takes to investigate a fraud case varies. Also, federal regulations prohibit the disclosure of information contained in law enforcement records even to the individual making the allegation. Please see our Office of the Inspector General web page to learn more about how we handle reports of fraud.

          • check someone name bernadette beauboin. she lives in haiti never work in this country and get medicare free and money. she has a hotel in haiti rented to people for office. why does she received money from the tax payers? too many haitians are committed fraud and we the honest one are paying the price.

          • WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT BERNADETTE BEAUBRUN, WHO COME HERE EVERY SIX MONTHS TO GET HER MONEY AND USE MEDICARE WHILE SHE NEVER WORK A DAY HERE. CHECK HER ADDRESS IN MEDFORD MA WHERE SHE STAYED TO COLLECT HER FRAUD MONEY. WHILE I WORKED FOR 47 YEARS HERE AND COLLECT SSC AND CAN’T EVEN PAY MY MORTGAGE WHILE SHE HAS HER MENSION IN HAITI COLLECTING PAYMENT FROM HER OFFICE SPACE. NOW SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING DONE ABOUT THESE FRAUD.

        • No you do not have the right to know and you need to mind your own business, you have already reported the woman. And yes a felon can recieve benefits, in a lot of cases while they are incarcerated awaitin trial. You did enough and you do not know what disability someone has by seeing them occasionally! How would you know if she reported that she does not care for one of her children anymore?

  8. Social Security treats ordinary beneficiaries like criminals with no way of communicating with the SS accusers to clarify accusations of fraud. In the late 90s, SSA billed me for $20,000 for checks I was not entitled to, but which I was returning to them. I had solid proof that I was returning the checks on two fronts, but I could only fix the error by going to my congressman because SSA gave me no other means of communicating with their gestapo.

  9. If the SSA cared so much their document would be more understandable the web site would be easier to use and god forbid try to get an answer over the phone

    • Joe, sorry you had difficulty reaching us by phone, but we sometimes experience higher than normal call volume. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Our representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and can review and explain what you see on the web site or the content of any letters you received from us. Our toll free number is 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

      • Even when a representative answers the phone, many times they are unable to answer any questions. I have requested a copy of my file months ago and the AC has stated that they do not know when it will be sent. I ask for verification that they have certain documents and their response is that they can not answer my questions because my file is a paper file and they do not have access to it. Who Does I ask? No real answer is given.

  10. I applied for disability and SSI account and been trying to get some information on the status.I have logged in to need new Social Security account many times and haven’t gotten anywhere. The message has told me for 3 months that a decision has been made and I would receive a letter, but I have gotten nothing. I would appreciate it if maybe you could help me get some information on this issue. Thank you.

    • Thanks for trying to use our online services – we appreciate it! After a medical decision has been made on the claim, the length of time it takes to process the application for payment can vary depending on whether your claim is randomly selected for a quality assurance review of the decision, or if we still need to verify documents or other personal information. We’re sorry for the wait you are experiencing, but we assure you that we care about our customers and are working as fast as we can. We encourage you to continue working with your local office, or if you have further questions, and would like to speak with someone regarding the status of your claim, call 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week.

      • I am disabled. .. i tryed to open online account like the rep at 1800 -772-1213 told me i can .. but when trying it would not let me ? Can u help and wen u call the number they dont tell u how to fix it issue. . Wen talk to rep lest for me it seems they don’t want to help me … i didnt get any letter saying there was problem. ..should be worried.

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  12. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE DISABLED PEOPLE GOING BE BACK TO THE WORKFORCE WITHOUT DISCRIMATION FROM CORPORATIONS.

  13. my son rene hurrinus lives with his dad and step mother and his step mother is his payee.now rene gets no money or anything out of his oney I have to spend mine on him.his step mother spends his on her kids she has.isnt there something that can be done about that.i mean he needs new clothes and new shoes and she wont get them he ask for money he don’t get it.he wants me to be his payee but she wont allow it.cold give me some ideas on what to do please and thanks

    • Something doesn’t sound right. How come the check is not given to his father and why isn’t his father looking after him

    • Cheryl, generally minor children need a representative payee to help them manage their benefits. When we select someone to serve as a child’s representative payee, we usually look for a parent or family member living in the same household. A representative payee is required to keep records of all payments received and how they are spent or saved. If you think a representative payee is misusing benefits, tell us right away by calling 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Social Security Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. We will investigate all allegations of misuse, gather facts and evidence, and make a decision on whether misuse has occurred. If we find misuse, we will then take action to recover the misused money, and may name a new representative payee for the child. When a new payee is needed, we require a face-to-face interview with the person who wishes to apply to be the new representative. If you are interested in applying to be a representative payee and would like to understand a payee’s responsibilities, please read our publication: A Guide For Representative Payees. Or, you can contact your local Social Security office directly.

  14. [ Is it fraud when a “live in” boyfriend uses his girlfriends disability money for his own bills food and shelter and medical expenses for about the last two years ? I have seen this occur and have a suspicion this is a common occurrence elsewhere . I sense it is a scam being done, because it’s taking away from the disabled person I believe this should be addressed . Also, when one is disabled but has the ability to do a little part time work, Is this money also considered part of the disability money which the boyfriend uses. There are many ways that it seems fraud is taking place, and is visible, But how can social security tell who is the hand using the money given? Example like putting gas in a vehicle or food purchases or shelter utilities etc use , even medicines ???? The invisible fraud of the scammer. Thank you. ]

    • Beth, you can report suspected fraud online to our Office of the Inspector General, where reporting is easy, safe and secure. You can remain anonymous, but keep in mind that your decision for anonymity may limit our ability to conduct a complete investigation.

  15. Why is it that hard working people who contibuted to SSA and FICA during their work lifetime do not get any medical and financial help from the government whereas, recent off the boat immigrants who contributed nothing in any sort of taxes, FICA or SSA taxes is eligible for Medicaid. On top of that, these immigrants refuse or are ignorant in learning the English language and bragging that they get all these benefits without contributing a dime into the system. They are really stealing taxpayer’s money. The government should be very leery in making these people eligible for Medicaid. Most of them , do not have any health issues or problems. They go to doctors who commit fraud. This is where SSA money is wasted. It should be given to retired taxpaying people or disabled War veterans instead of these phony piece of crap that’s coming into this mismanaged country.

    • NONE of that money comes from SSA, its from your State. Call your Congressman/Rep. and express this to them. Call fro Medicaid/CAL reform, it would be greatly beneficial from the sound of it.

  16. If people are on SSI or Social Security or Partly Mental Insecure, how many neighbors or so called church workers take advantage of them, by charging something like $100.00 to take them shopping and asking them to purchase beer and achohol drinks , wine for them to get drunk on, and the Mental Copasited victums are drinking and getting drunk every month when their money arrives. And if they are not capable of even counting their money are being taken advantage of.

  17. My son has been on SSI since he was 18 years old. He has many disabilities. First, his father was a Viet Nam Vet, Boots on The Ground, Exposed to Agent Orange, which is continued onto their offspring. Our oldest son was born with MILD MENTAL RETARDATION, IS BIPOLAR, ADHD, HYPERACTIVITY. He has been a CLIENT OF THE REGIONAL CENTER SINCE HE WAS 7 YARS OLD. HE IS GOING TO A FACILITY IN THE ANTELOPE VALLEY IN CALIFORNIA FOR THE HANDICAP AND DISABLED TO GET A JOB, WHICH WILL PAY HIM FAR BELOW MINIMUM WAGES. HE WILL AT THAT POINT PROBABLY HAVE TO LIVE IN HIS CAR UNTIL HE CAN GO OUT INTO THE WORKING FIELD TO MAKE ENOUGH TO PAY RENT TO RENT A ROOM FROM SOMEONE. HE ATTENDED SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSES THROUGH OUT SCHOOL. AT THE AGE OF 14, MY SON WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TOURETTES SYNDROME. HE HAS COMPREHENSION PROBLEMS, SUCH AS UNDERSTANDING PAPERWORK THAT HE RECEIVES FROM SSI, HAS TO CALL ME OR FAX ME THE PAPERWORK SO I CAN TRY TO HELP HIM UNDERSTAND IT AND HE HAS TROUBLE WITH MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS. NOW THAT HE IS HIS OWN PAYEE, HE WILL HAVE TO FILL OUT THE YEARLY EXPENSE REPORT, WHICH HE WILL NOT UNDERSTAND HOW TO DO IT, SO IT WILL BE ME THAT WILL HAVE TO FILL IT OUT FOR HIM. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE DOCTOR HE SAW FELT HE WAS CAPABLE OF BEING HIS OWN PAYEE. I CANNOT UNDERSTAND HOW THE SS CAN LET THOSE WITH THESE DISABILITIES DECIDE ON THEIR OWN BEHAVE THAT THEY CAN CHANGE THEIR PAYEE. I DO UNDERSTAND THAT IF A PAYEE IS ABUSING HIS MONEY HE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO COMPLAIN AND REQUEST A NEW PAYEE, BUT I FEEL THAT HE, HIMSELF SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO JUST CHANGE PAYEE. I FEEL THAT THE SITUATION SHOULD BE REVIEWED BEFORE A PAYEE IS CHANGED. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS SYSTEM?? HE WAS GIVEN AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE A DOCTOR THROUGH SS FOR EVALUATION TO SEE IF HE STILL QUALIFIES FOR SSI. HE JUST RECIEVED A LETTER FROM SSI THAT HE WOULD RECEIVE 2 MORE CHECKS THEN WILL BE CUT OFF OF SSI, AS THEY SAY HE IS ABLE TO WORK NOW. HE IS HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING A JOB AND HAS TO HAVE HELP FILLING OUT AN APPLICATION. I AM APPEALING THIS DECISION AND WILL FIGHT IT TILL WE GET A LETTER STATING THAT HE WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE HIS SSI. I GUESS THERE WAS A MIRACLE THAT HAPPENED, THAT WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT HE IS CURED ALL OF A SUDDEN!!! I AM THOUROUGHLY UNHAPPY WITH THEIR DECISION AND WILL FIGHT THIS ALL THE WAY TO SEE THAT HE CONTINUES TO GET HIS SSI THAT HE DESERVES. BEINGS THAT HE IS NOT OF RETIREMENT AGE, HE CAN NOT TO MY KNOWLEGE GET DISABILITY THAT I KNOW OF. I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW SSI CAN PICK JUST ANY DOCTOR TO REVIEW A DISABLED PERSON AND SAY, “NOPE” HE DOES NOT NEED SSI ANYMORE.
    I AM NOW GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER BATTLE ON MY BEHALF.

    • Hi Lorna. Social Security reviews SSI cases from time to time to make sure the individuals receiving checks are still eligible to get them. There are many variables in determining when and how often we review SSI cases, including but not limited to changes in resources, income, living situation, or medical conditions. How often your son’s medical condition is reviewed depends on how severe it is and the likelihood it will improve — see SSI Continuing Disability Reviews for more information. The yearly expense report is used to monitor how the representative payee spends or saves the benefits on behalf of the beneficiary, so if your son now his own payee, he will not have to complete the report. However, if you’re still concerned that he needs help with paperwork and managing his benefits, you can re-apply to be his payee. We require a face-to-face interview with the person who wishes to apply to be his new representative payee. To appeal his SSI decision, he must do it within the time indicated in the letter he received. He can also request that his benefits continue while we review his case again.

      In your son’s situation, it is best to visit his local office. You can go with him to help, and can also apply to be his new payee. We hope this information helps.

  18. Trying to understand the web site. Our 10 year old neighbor believes her SSN was used by someone else. She obviously does not work. So how can she check if there is activity using her number? Is there some link I have missed.

    Note: I know this is not a “reply” to the above comment but I also see no place to start a new subject.

  19. Re-checked the new website; it’s good. I found everything.

    On another front, SSA is so concerned about fraud, it’s becoming very difficult for disabled to qualify. It’s reached the ‘beyond a reasonable doubt standard’ rather than the substantial evidence standard. One must have medical backing, but they can’t afford medical care. The ACA has been a godsend for some.

  20. Why are people who have a New Jersey address and are on Medicare allowed to lie about their address? When they really live in Pennsylvania? Are the rates for insurance higher or lower?

  21. It’s disheartening to hear the Right Wing, GOP & teaparty harp about benefits like retirement and disability and all SSA awards as if they are undeserved entitlements that should not be paid. Then they get to add overpayments, whatever fraud exists and costs as if SSA is robbing them and “their children’s futures”. The worst thing I know is that the efforts SSA will continue to make to be efficient and watchful are undercut by what I saw at SSA’s ODAR in Region IX that was the most flagrant disregard for resources and claimants by management and some staff whose wasteful and illegal activities rivaled GAO, DEA and Secret Service employees who were caught stealing in terms of timekeeping and more: not working, not even present at work sometimes while being paid. That fraud, the misconduct of staff and management is impossible to report effectively to SSA’s OIG and it goes on and cannot be even reported without attacks on the messenger, period. As long as that kind of protection and permissive treatment of cheaters and time-keeping theives continues what hope is there? Protection of bad staff and mgmnt additionally ends up costing so much HR and professional time and pay to produce less than nothing, by attacking any whistleblowers as if that alone is an actual job.

  22. Mike on August 20, 2015 at 5:12 pm said:

    The site can be a double edge sword. Anyone who has an ax to grind with you can use this as a vehicle to smear your name by submitting lies and non truths damaging your character and forcing you to defend your name provided your are innocent of any wrong doing. SS must vet these people to ensure the caller does not have a vendetta. Normally this occurs when people close to the person on disability has a grudge and knows enough about the person to fabricate wrong doing. If this is not done great harm could result

    • Thank you, Mike, for your comments and concerns. Social Security takes protecting the public’s personal information very seriously. While we want to provide an opportunity for everybody to express their opinion freely, we also ask that participants in this blog respect the privacy of others as well as to conform to our comment policy. We do not have access to personal records in this blog. Our goal is to provide general information, educate our readers about our programs, answer general questions about Social Security and direct readers to the appropriate resources. Please Do NOT enter any personal information in this blog.

  23. just have a question if someone is receiving a monthly ssi check that means they cant work due to restrictions right? I need someone from fraud to contact me as I know first hand someone who has been working and collecting a ssi check

    • Hi Rose and thank you for your question. Special rules make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments and Medicare or Medicaid. Social Security calls these rules “work incentives.”
      The law requires SSI beneficiaries to report their wages monthly, and that we monitor their work activity and pay them benefits accordingly. The amount of their SSI benefit is based, in part, on their income and available resources. Although the Social Security Act sets out a very strict definition of disability, we also have work provisions that can encourage people on disability to return to the work force and fulfill their desire to be productive.

  24. I was wrong to indicate “this site” when I submitted my blog on August 20th.. I was meaning to say that the reporting system should weigh this when information on someone was reported. My apologies

    Mike

  25. WHAT ABOUT MY LAST NAME. JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE IF SOMEONE DESERVE HELP FROM SSI, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET IT. BUT IF SOMEONE IS FAKING ILLNESS SO THEY GET RICHER WITH THE AMERICAN MONEY, THEY SHOULD BE PUNISHED. FRAUD IS FRAUD AND I DON’T CARE WHO THE PERSON IS. BECAUSE SOMEONE HAVE CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTRY AND THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH LYING TO GET MONEY IS WRONG. I SAY MY PEACE AND HOPE YOU CHECK THIS LADY UP. I KNOW I HAVE THE SAME AS HERS, BUT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO NEED THE BENEFITS BETTER THAN HERS WHO DOES NOT NEED A DIME FROM THE GOVERNMENT. LIVING IN HAITI WITH ALL HER MAIDS AND CHEAT PEOPLE WHO NEED THE MONEY HERE IS WRONG.

  26. I know someone who is committing SSI fraud for the last 8 years. I have turned them in 5 times to the Office Inspector General, the person committing fraud is still continuing to work, even posting internet solicitations on Google etc. There is so much evidence against this person, why hasn’t Social Security investigating this matter, I have given very clear, and concise information including their business numbers and addresses etc. to this day they are still in business and collecting SSI payments at the same time, what a shame this case is extremely easy to process all the evidence is clear, fraud is being committed and nothing for the past 8 years nothing has been done, and the taxpayers continue to “fit the bill” for this person who is criminal, please do something about this matter!

    • Tracy, thanks so much for helping us fight fraud. When allegations of fraud are reported to our Office of the Inspector General, they conduct the required investigations, but federal regulations prohibit the disclosure of information contained in law enforcement records even to the individual making the allegation. So unless you are contacted directly by one of our investigators, there will be no further communication from the OIG. Keep in mind, however, that it is possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive their benefits. The law requires SSI beneficiaries to report their wages monthly, and we monitor their work activity and pay them benefits accordingly. The amount of their SSI benefit is based, in part, on their income and available resources.

  27. My father receives SSI/SSA benefits. He was in a horrible accident on the 2nd of July of this year. He was hospitalized and then sent to a Nursing Home. He is in a vegetative state and it’s just a matter of time now till he passes. He had a live in girlfriend when this happened, she has access to his debit card and has been spending all of his money. She claims it’s for their apartment and utilities..From day 1 we all knew he was never returning home… Can she do this? She collected July, August and September’s money. Now the Nursing Home receives it all for his care. I personally think its theft, they were not married and have only been together a very short time.

  28. How long does it take for an investigation? My ex husband was getting a check for our kids that I have for over 7 years. I turned in school records to my local SS office.

  29. I worked for a company last year , from July to November , when i receive the statement from social security administration , i see the employer dont report my earnings to social security administration. Please what can i do?

    • Hi Mathieu. One reason some or all of your earnings from last year may not show on your Social Security Statement is because we may have been processing last year’s earnings reports when your Statement was prepared. Earning statements are updated annually, when employers report their employees’ earnings for the previous year to Social Security. We recommend that you contact the human resources department of your former employer first. We also recommend that you create a my Social Security account, which allows you to review your earnings record, get estimates of your future retirement benefits, and show you the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid. For further assistance call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  30. I worked for a company last year from July 2014 to November 2014 ,this year i receive my social security administration statement my earnings dont mention in it.what can i do?

  31. My father received some sort of SS checks on the mail with my name on them, however he spent them in the bar and elsewhere. About 4 months before my 18th birthday he sent me away and kept claiming me to be in his home, under his care. But I have been living on my own, since I attend college and am paying it out of my own pocket. He also might be claiming my other siblings whom do not live with him, receiving their checks as well. What can I do?

    • Hi Maria, Generally, we pay Social Security benefits to the parent or the family member who is the primary care provider of the children, if the children live with them. If you think your father is misusing benefits, you must report it immediately. Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or you can contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

      • Isn’t this wild only two days ago I that number. And was informed they the only they done was helped people who was applying

  32. My sibling made up ailments and receives disability payments and brags about it – I report it online and try to call but no one ever answers the phone and no one ever investigates it…it is disgusting that this person gets away with this theft….and the System doesnt seem to care….

  33. I too see a neighbor who has one disability. She bought a fairly new Chrysler 300 and shops. Claims her arms are weak but she can carry in the packages from shopping.
    In my opinion she could work but is simply lazy. I do in mind that karma will get her.
    Thank you

  34. If it was taken seriously , it would be addressed when reported. It’s a joke!
    So many people do need it, but when you see the abuse it’s hard for the hardworking to sit back and watch nothing happen.

    • Hi Betty, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits can be affected by the beneficiary’s living arrangement. We also consider their total household income and available resources. If you suspect misuse of SSI, report it. Please call 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or, you can contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  35. I continually read what the government says is my responsibility , but the government never prints what their responsibility is! This article states, that social security takes fraud against the social security office seriously, but they do not care if people on social receives their benefits. The social security will just say that it is out of their hands- no investigation and no action. If an American moves to another country, the American will lose his ability to communicate with American government offices. US foreign embassies hire personnel in the country that they operate and an American cannot go to or call the embassy and speak to an American. The only people that an American can actually talk with is not American and there is a high probability that the people from that country are actually spies in the embassy.
    Did you know that if you are an American living in another country that your mail from the US will be searched for checks from social security or dividend checks; the embassy will take the checks from the mail. Two years ago my social security checks were collected in the embassy for 7 months. Then the woman that had them in her draw died and the checks were forwarded to me. My December 2015 checks for me and my 14 year old son were probably taken by embassy personnel in Jakarta but the embassy says that they were not received from the US. 33 social security checks for other people were held at the embassy for distribution, Now I have reported that we did not get our checks but I do not expect social security to take any action for maybe 6 to 9 months. Amazing service!!!!! So tell me, “Does the US government actually have any responsibility?” NO- that is what I thought.

    • Totally agree, as I have found out in north carolna, what back pay I received, I letters alleging I was overpays 52,000$, and my attorney wax 28,000$. And my bank. Shows totally. The opposite, and also, now via phone they say I have never overpaid, then in told I have my back pay in of my two bank accounts, but I have one account only. I am told. Go to my local office, I do and , only to be later I never was there.even in may and June received no payments because an alledged2$ oversPent, now they say that Ingot my , my bank statements show I am telling the truth.then I was allegedly taken to court and. Filed and. Proven incompetent, my sister was my payee, I am not allowed have a new payee. After complaints being filed, about many of misconduct, still no investigations, filing is useless because they are thrown in the . I have. Physical evidence as well as , witnesses , I. Wonder how many my sister has paid to help make ne look dumb and why isshe’sbeen getting 698$ a since 2014, and as payee see maybe once ayear, Ssa in my eyes are corrupt, and hearted. My civil rights have been more than violated, and yet hunt for someone getting fraudulent money , but aint one soul who cares about us the victim

  36. I am not a US citizen and living outside US now back to my country, i was held by someone which is on SSI for 3yrs and didnt had the chance to report for FRAUD (2013) because he threatened me that somethings going to happen to me if i do that, so i keep my mouth shut. He’s physically fit to work since 2011 but still collecting disability benefits. when i decided to comeback here in my country Dec 7, 2014, he come with me, he didnt report to SSA that he’s going to leave US and last year he asked someone to forged his signature in the quarterly or annual report so the disability didn’t stop coming and still up to this day he’s still here in my country. I married him in US and stayed in US land for a year, but didn’t let me get a SS number and didnt report to change his status because its going to affect his disability pension. Am i qualified to file a report for fraud? Is there somebody from SSA can contact me thru email so i can give my report?

      • Thank you so much for your reply, what you said was a big help for me. i already sent email at the FBU here in my country today and they replied to me at once.

  37. Dear social security I been taken advantage of since I been on ssi my bro supposed to be my payee but he never even wanted to be or get involved period it was my dad’s big idea to make him payee but he needs to get cut off so my dad’s been taking my checks and cashing them for himself I’m tired of not being able to buy me things I want and need and always looking and feeling like s**t and causes me to have suicidal thoughts and emotional disstress im sick of being taken advantage of enough is enough I’m not getting any younger I would also love to move away from him I wanna be free and happy again cuz i been really really unhappy for a long time so please help me get my sanity and happiness back please need your help badly

    • Hi Jesus Carlos, if you think your father is misusing benefits, you must report it immediately. If necessary, we may help you find a new representative payee for you or pay you directly. If you would like to become your own payee, we generally will need a statement from your doctor. The statement should say that you are now mentally and physically able to take care of yourself and that you are able to keep your finances in order. Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or you can contact your local Social Security office. For more information, visit our “FAQs For Beneficiaries Who Have A Payee” web page. Thanks!

  38. My brother in law is taking money from his mother’s bank she is on ssi and so is he. He takes is entire check of $763 and buys pills on the street with them. He steels his mother’s pills course he is a drug addict. I work for a living and it bothers me that the cash that we pay each week goes to someone to buy drugs.

  39. My fiancé is 22 years old and as been in college since he got out of high school. He’s got CP and he’s been trying to get his checks from his mom since he turned 18. She doesn’t give him any money or help while he’s at college living on Dorm. He only at her house maybe 3 months a year. He’s had to take out loans and struggle thru college life while his mom spends his money on other things. He doesn’t even know how much he gets. What should he do?

    • He’s more then capable of being his own payee. He’s half way through college to become a college English Professor. She even fills out her taxs and takes the money she gets on him and the money he spends at college. He has been begging her for the $600 she’s getting back from taxs that he spent at his college for tuition and book fees that he paid for by taking out loans.

      • When he talked about us moving in together and getting married they flipped. Especially about him changing his address to mine and marrying me

    • Hi Brittany, your fiancé would have to provide us with a statement from his doctor if he would like to become his own payee. The statement should say that he is now mentally and physically able to take care of himself and that he is able to keep his finances in order. Your fiance can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. He can also contact the local Social Security office. For more information, visit our “FAQs For Beneficiaries Who Have A Payee” web page. Thanks!

  40. The real thief is the government.
    If your retired at age 62 receiving Social Security and continue to work, they place a limit on how much you can make and have to pay them back SS money if you go over that amount. keeping the elderly at a poverty level.
    Than if your working at 62 or 66 receiving Social Security they continue to take SS and medicare tax. Why ? your not getting anymore for your money, your already set at a fixed rate. So this is stealing millions of money from the elderly. Should be a class action suit to sue Social Security.

    So yes they take fraud seriously, as long as it’s in there favor. The make you pay for medicare out of your SS check but you already paid in Medicare tax?
    The real fraud is the government, They steal billions
    and go after the little guy for $1

  41. Recently I went to the Orlando SS office to check on a problem about Medicare provider overbilling and after waiting 2 hours on a line outside and inside, was told by a CSR that they didn’t handle medicare claims in the office and that I have to call in other to give help.
    Why they the have a person to work with medicare complaints locally instead of by phone that makes it very difficult to solve.

  42. I work at a small pawn shop. Upwards of 90% of my customers are getting monthly government benefits. Many claim disability (and even boast about it) for non-existent illness. Almost all are collecting various welfare programs and healthcare. All seem to have more disposable cash, nicer cars, phones, and so forth that I can afford working 40+ hours a week. In my opinion anyone under 50 applying for disability should face serious scrutiny and random audits. Meanwhile if you’re getting any sort of “welfare” checks and you’ve got a newer car registered to your name that also should warrant a serious inspection. The fact of the matter is so far as I can see most of the recipients of these services are in better financial shape than I am, and I won’t even go into the insane tax “refunds” that they seem to get every year. In short, the system is more abused than used and due for a serious overhaul.

  43. What makes me SICK are the millions of people that receive disability that DON’T need it at all. No doubt, there are ones who most definitely deserve it. I see it all the time these supposed disabled people collecting. I have someone in my family she’s 47 and has only worked maybe 4 years of her life and manages to be able to get on disability all the time. Yet she does drugs (been in and out of jail I can’t tell you how many times), smokes, drinks, goes from food bank to food bank. She can be classified as being disabled for OCC but she can do all this. I feel if you’d make the brunt of these people work they would not have the time to keep on getting into trouble!! Leave it for the people who REALLY need it including the senior citizens who REALLY deserve SSI too!!

  44. I have a family member that get social security and spends all of his money on drugs made report and nothing was done what is really happening with our country this people that have aids are claiming they cant work and the doctors should be evaluating the aids person alot of them are way to health to be at home

  45. My dad is disabled and receives a $1200 Social Security check for me. I moved in with my mother in August of 2015. He is still receiving my check and I only get $100 a month from him. Is this okay? Should he be getting my check even though I don’t live with him?

    • That check belongs to you!! I went through the exact same thing. At first my father never even told me about the check. Until one day someone found out he was on ssn and asked me how much I got?? So long story short I asked he told me and ever since I got the check. Even had the check sent to me instead. This is in Alabama. All states might be different. Does he have custody of you? If so then technically he doesn’t have to give it to you. But if someone else has custody of you or your older than 18 and still in college than you are definitely due this money!!!! I even had to fill out a form once every 6 months to prove where the money was going penny for penny. Hope this helps

  46. I have a small business and customers come to change their checks with me, three days ago I noticed that some of the checks I been cashing are made to a person with a fake name and fake social security number. can that affect me in any way since I have deposited does checks in my account?

  47. One of the most ridiculous aspects of this article is that while it states that SSA is serious about fraud, there is a blanket policy against the use of social media when evaluating disability claims! When one files for public benefits and posts their activities on social media, those activities are relevant. Most other federal agencies have no such ban, nor do most state courts. One of the dumbest policies in existence.

  48. How about fraud committed by SSA. Inaccurate information, incompetence, lack of transparency, no sense of mission statement of helping people. A ridiculously low resource level that does not match inflation. A rigid draconian system with no human element. Lack of respect and dignity for the people who have the least amount of power of influence. Every member of Congress and the Senate should be forced to go through the system to have a first hand experience of the dismal and broken condition of SSA. Even with the paper reduction act, I have a half of a forest pile of never ending paper work piling up. I have no email contact except the lame customer contact email which takes way too long for a reply and only offers vague and generic answers. Nobody grows up hoping to one day be on disability, and I would not wish this depressing experience upon anybody. Good luck to all who have the misfortune to need this so called safety net which is full of very big holes.

  49. What happens if after 20 plus years I just found out I wasn’t legally adopted by my step father and my mouthed had my name changed on my social security card? My bio father never gave up his legal rights to me or my sister and never signed anything saying our names could be changed? Is this fraud?

  50. My fiance has been hospitalized since mid of March, and just started talking yesterday. For a while he was communicating by blinking his eyes. Someone has filed for his SSN, and it wasn’t him, or me. Is someone else allowed to file for him?

  51. I know a woman that is using her adult Childs SSI to support her drug habits. And he is not mature in his mind enough to care for himself. What can be done sense she is in control of his money?

    • Hi John, if you suspect misuse of SSI benefits, report it. We will investigate all allegations of misuse, gather facts and evidence, and make a decision on whether misuse has occurred. If we find misuse occurred, SSA may find a new representative payee. Generally, we look for family or friends to serve as representative payees. When friends or family are not able to serve as payees, Social Security looks for qualified organizations to be representative payees. Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or you can contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

      • Sir you need to recheck statement I called number and was told for people applying, and also. If you have a office that and are corrupt and makes sure this doesn’t happen then we the disabled have no representation, so maybe the that. Be, find excuse

  52. I have a payee…But i believe a man that has been stalking me.Has stolen my name,birthdate,and phone number.I am terrified that he might go in the ssi office and steal my money.Can he do this since I have a rep payee??

    • We are sorry to hear of your situation Karen. We will protect your privacy, your Social Security records and benefits information at all times. Your Social Security records are confidential and we do not disclose information, unless we have proper authorization or consent. Remember, if you suspect any illegal or criminal activity, you should contact your local law enforcement agencies.

  53. For the 2nd time in 3 months and the 3rd time in 2 years, someone has wiped my SSI benefits clean. On the 29th they went on an all day shopping spree in Chicago and had to have had a duplicate card made to be able to do things like pay at a parking meter. Who do I call and what do I do? UsDirectExpress (who my money goes through) does nothing!!!!

      • Hi! Unfortunately, your situation is a bit more complex than we can handle in this forum. For your security, we do not have access to information about your account in this venue. Please contact your local Social Security office or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for assistance. For help regarding Direct Express, please contact 1-800-333-1795. Thanks!

  54. I’ve been trying to find out if my aunt is still living or has died. I have been having little success with getting information from SSA. The thing is I do not have her SS#, as she cut off all contact with the family in 2000. There is a possibility that she died but the man that she was living with didn’t report her death and is collecting her benefits.

    Is there any way that I can get assistance with this issue? The guy could be committing social security fraud.

    • Hi Debbie. As of May 19, 2014, Social Security discontinued letter-forwarding services to aid in locating missing individuals. However, you may still submit a request of information through our Freedom Of Information Act web page.
      Also, if you suspect or know of someone committing fraud against Social Security, we ask you to report it. Thanks!

  55. Hi. I never asked for a SSN. I had it before I could even read & write but yet im told it’s voluntary to have. I don’t want the government that began while my race was enslaved to “Social Secure” any for me. I can do that for myself.

  56. How can I keep the money that I work for in my checks without any government meddling and social security witholdings? I do not want a ssn anymore and all the money I have paid in (fraudulently) I would like back as soon as possible.

    • Hi Trevor. People generally cannot voluntarily withdraw or stop participating in the Social Security program. Unless specifically exempt by law, everyone working in the United States must pay Social Security taxes on earnings from covered employment. Only members of certain religious groups may be exempt from paying Social Security taxes. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page for more information on this topic.

  57. my son got arrested because I would not provide the full social security number. I provided the last four and was told that I wasn’t cooperating and for that reason they took him. is that legal

  58. I know someone who is using her deceased husbands name and social security number to obtain credit at online stores. Is this illegal???

    • Generally, reports and investigations of identity theft are handled by the Federal Trade Commission. You can find more information from their website: http://www.idtheft.gov. If you have reportable information on the victim; from the website, please go to “Get Started” and select “I want to report identity theft” then choose the options that best fit your issue. Or you may call them at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338). If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits, we encourage you to report it here. You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or contact your local Social Security office directly.

  59. My doctor accidently mailed my personal information ”ssn” etc to my employer. Even though my employer already has this information and its really not a big deal. I was just curious if people actually sue over this? I’ve done a little research and everyone this has happened to is getting the same offer. 1 year of life lock ”credit monitoring”. I’m not going to sue my doctor. But is this a fair resolution? Or should I bargain for 3 year monitoring?? Normally I would shrug something like this off. But If I made a mistake and ” forgot ” to pay my bill. They wouldn’t be as kind to just ”shrug it off”. Let me know what you think..

  60. I was getting my ssi when i turned 18 but then my foster family lied and said i would be put away if no-one managed my money….I had no idea what she was talking about and made my mom my payee.Ever since then they have treated me nothing like dirt.And put me out on the street.I have been trying to get back what’s mine.What do i do from here.??

  61. My fiancé was made my payee last year. He left me today for another woman and took my benefit account info with him! Who do I call?

    • Hi Jordan, if you think you need a new payee, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or you can contact your local Social Security office directly. Generally, we look for family or friends to serve as representative payees, but if necessary, we may help you find a new representative payee or pay you directly. Visit our “FAQs For Beneficiaries Who Have A Payee” web page for more information. Thanks!

  62. SSA gave my social security number ot my daughreter on her blue and red card and on letters. They say they do this when a person up to age 21 or whatever gets disabiilty under their parents income. So now a mentally ill daughter who does not live wiht me has my number…she’s committed crimes int he psat. She hangs out with criminals. When calling SSA they had an attitude wiht me, refuse to give me a new number. So like I told them I guess I am not worht anything inthe country. They can pass out my number to anyone regardless of if they are related to me and I’m a sitting duck. Yeh, I contacted Experian, yeh I put on fraud alters of which I had to PAY Experian $10 in my state!! I WANT a NEW ss number?? Can eny one help. I’m a citizen and have a right to pretected not compromised personal info. What do you do when it’s SSA them selves that committed the compromise???!!!

  63. I know atleast 4 people who are fraud in the system but nothing happens to them and if ssi disability would do their dang jobs they would know also. The people whio deserve it don’t get it and the frauds DI UNBEARABLE. How messed up our syst is SICKENSE.

    • Hi Kathryn. The Social Security Act sets out a very strict definition of disability, much different than the requirements for other government programs. We pay disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. No benefits are payable for partial disability or short-term disability. In addition, Social Security conducts periodic medical reviews to make sure individuals receiving checks are still eligible to get them. If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits we encourage you to report it. Thanks.

  64. HI,
    My sister, who has been calling Soc. sec. office for a week, cant get any help concerning her benefits as an ex spouse, of 15 yrs. who’s husband is about to die. He has been living in the USA, on a green card, for the last 40 yrs, and has paid into the Soc. Sec. and Fed. Tax. all throughout his life here. Even though he will be survived by his 2nd wife, will his first wife, my sister, receive also ? She has not remarried.

  65. If someone is recieving retirement checks from working the RAIL ROADS, & that person is making money at a job under the table, is that fruad

    • Hello Mrs. Esco. If you wish to report or discuss any suspected misconduct relating to the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), its program or employees, you can call the RRB at 1 877 772-5772 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to speak to an RRB representative.

  66. We believe that my nephews Back Payment Check for his SSI has been stolen. We also suspect that the same person stole his State ID and his SS Card. Since he does not have a payee on his account, we are running into walls trying to get anyone to investigate. (He is not available to call or be on the call to his local office.) We know who may be responsible for the theft. What can we do? Very frustrated.

    • Your nephew should really try to contact his local Social Security office or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Remember, if you suspect any illegal or criminal activity, you should contact your local law enforcement agencies.

  67. Will a person for which I beleive is comiting ssdi fraud be investigated with the following information:
    – I do not know her alleged diaability
    – she works with her husband as secretary
    – she has been recieving ssdi for the last 20 years
    – i know her job and home adress
    – i know her last for digits of ss

    • Hi Joey, thank you for your concern. We take allegations of fraud very seriously. If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits, we encourage you to report it. Keep in mind, however, that it is possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive their benefits. Thanks again!

  68. I have recently found out that my ex wife filed for SSI for our disabled daughter that we have joint custody of, but when she applied for SSI she said that she had full custody. She was denied due to her income. I have also found out that she did the same with IHSS. I would like to know how I can get a copy of the application for SSI where she stated that she had full custody. I am going back to court to request more custody and my attorney would like to submit the application as a character reference for the judge to know what she has been doing.

    • Hello Mike, unfortunately, your situation is a bit more complex than we can handle in this blog. For security purposes, we do not have access to personal records in this venue. We recommend that you contact your local office for assistance with this situation. Thanks

  69. Someone is my payee and is taking all my money and giving me nothing, I’m about to lose my apartment, what do I do..

    • Hello William. A representative payee is required to keep records of all payments received and how they are spent or saved. Usually, we will send a “Representative Payee Accounting Report” once a year. The payee can mail the paper form to us or use the online version.

      If you think a representative payee is misusing your benefits, tell us right away. We will investigate all allegations of misuse, gather facts and evidence, and make a decision on whether misuse has occurred. You will receive a letter from Social Security telling you what we found. If we find misuse, Social Security may name a new representative payee for you or send the benefits to you directly. We will then take action to recover any misused money.

      If you have specific questions, or want to make an appointment, please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. Or, you can contact your local office.

  70. My elderly neighbor lives with her son; both from Iraq. I saw her letter from the Social Security office informing her that, as a non-citizen, she would receive SS benefits for only six years. Why is she getting any at all? She didn’t put a dime into the system. This stupidity is one thing that is draining the SS funds. If people come to the United States for some reason and are not citizens, they should come with money and not live on handouts from our government. I don’t like or trust her arrogant son and I’m keeping my eyes on him. He paid cash for his house, drives a Jaguar, and lies about everything.

    • i beleive that you lie about it. you hate those peoples, he has to wait 5 years as a green card holder in order to receive benefits any benefits.maybe they have 5 years being legal, DONT HAVE TO BE CITIZENS OF USA.

  71. For years ive been on SSDI and for years I believe my inlaws who are illegally in this country have been working in my social and filing taxes and ive been investigated for suspected fraud! Who can I call to stop them from using my social security number? Please help me.

  72. My daughters dad had been collecting her benefits since 2006 up until yesterday when I found out (she has lived with me since birth) I recently did the application to become her representative. Will he have to pay back what he took and will my daughter get back pay since 2006? She is not disabled she is just a beneficiary because he is disabled.

  73. Yes I am new to Ssi I’m getting it for my son and I’m not sure how to reported at the end of the mouth about how much my man brings home and I want to make sure I’m doing things right and not wrong when it says monthly dose it mean like his last pay check or what he brought home in all his pay checks? Please let me know I will be so greatful I just want to make sure I’m doing this right and not wrong

    • Thank you for your question Jazmine. You can report wages by visiting, calling or writing your local Social Security Office. Generally, we use the worker’s most recent pay stubs. You should ask about our options to use the automated toll-free SSI Telephone Wage Reporting Service or the free SSI Mobile Wage Reporting Smartphone app.

      • Okay so I am doing it right thank you so much and I do use the Ssi mobile it is amazing thank you so much for letting me know and taking time for answering my question Thank you and have a great day

  74. The system is a joke. I know someone whos mother had a lot of addictions. She told her son, to fake mild retardation and she would give him gifts. Now she died of a drug over dose and he continues the story with his father and brother testifying fir him. In his 30 years, he has not worked a day in his life and all his bills are paid. He smokes weed (illegal here) daily, sells his prescription pills to people, and uses food stamps that are meant for the starving (which he has sold many times for cash). Meanwhile, i work as much as i can, just to pay outrageous bills from bad luck, and i barely feed my son and I. Yet, if I want to complain, my personal info is scattered everywhere so many people can retaliate against me and my son. No thank you!

    • I know exactly how you feel! Its ridiculous! I know people who actually work for their food assistance, and since its only a part time job, welfare automatically thinks they dont need it and cut their food assistance down to nothing. And they even have to take classes or find anothet job. But, i know a girl, whose on ssi, abd gets a lot in food and cash assistance just because she has a child. And no questins asked, what so ever. She doesnt have to do a thing, but sit on her lazy arse all day, and party from night till morning most of the time. Shes not even disabled, and goes to bars and places, and is just fine. She pretended to take medication, but just threw a pill away a day to make it look like she was taking it. She even acknowleged that she uses one of her family members food assistance as well, because, in case, “if its free, then why not?” Pathetic right? Well, she has been reported, and i hope disability reviews her case soon and will obviously see the truth that shes milking the system. She said the only reason why she applied for disability was to see if she could get it. Otherwise, she said shed still be working. She also said shes getting a hundred dollars a month from her brother living with her, and disability doesnt even know that or the fact that shes trying to work under the table. Its crazy how shes gotten away with this for so long.

  75. I commence to collect SSI in 1991. I had admitted myself in the hospital when I was expecting my third child and commence to see a psychiatrist but later things seemed to be going wrong. I call it a shower. Opportunist taken advantage of that. But it has not stop. Now each time someone was to apply for Social Security benefits they go and give me a terrifying terrorist downsizing harassment so that I could look bad and they get approved for the income by using my name. I get depress, enforced to lose work and all the negativity in the list in order for someone else to get what they want. I am so frustrated with this ongoing habit. And when we is honor some service the others defense is that it is just a one mentally ill, and one crazy and every sick of me. After they done doing their goodies. I mean like when does this vicious harassment stops. They bark about you in your presence and no one respect you not even people that you service with just as landlords. And police can just go and shoot people and just say to not worry only one mentally ill. JAJA FUNNY STUFF.

  76. I know of a friend who gets ssi but cheats the system. She says she gets it for all these reasons like anxiety and depression. She was put on an antidepressant but never took it and threw it away. She’s fine and always goes out and parties and goes to places without any problems. She’s just a lazy piece of cheap. The doctors and ssi people still thinks shes on her medication but she never was. Is there any justice in this life for the people who actually need it?

  77. When I filed for my Social Security benefits (I turn 65 in Sept) I answered the disabled adult child section and as a result I was told by Social Security that my disabled daughter (who has received SSI for a disability that was diagnosed before she was 22) had to go on my SS record and that she would be getting more money. The issue is that we were told that the new application which we were forced to submit would cut off her from her Medicaid that she had because of her disability and that Medicare would not start for 24 months because the SSA had to determine once again that she was disabled. So now she has to have a gall bladder operation and we don’t know if the filing of the application cut off her Medicaid immediately on Sept. 1. We were also told that the Part B Premium would be deducted from her SS benefit immediately. This makes no sense in that she will not have Medicare benefits for at least two years. Her disability is bipolar disorder and if she cannot afford her medications or even to see her psychiatrist, this could be a disaster. I have tried repeatedly to contact the person who took the new application for clarification on the Part B Premium but he has not returned my phone calls. I am ready to go to my Congressman with this issue because it appears to be a very dangerous rule implemented by the SSA. I would appreciate being contacted by a supervisor from the North Dallas Office to clarify this horrendous decision.

    • Generally, eligibility for Medicare benefits begin with the 25th consecutive month of entitlement to disability benefits (SSDI). Please review our Program Operations Manual (POMS) for more important information on this matter, specific to your daughter’s claim. In addition, current law requires individuals receiving SSI benefits to apply for all and any other benefits they may be eligible to receive. Please contact Medicaid for additional information in regards to eligibility requirements based on your daughter’s new income amount.
      For security reasons, we do not have access to personal records via this blog. However, we understand your frustration and strongly suggest that you contact your local office again. You can request to speak with the office manager to discuss your situation. Also, remember that when you file the application for benefits for your daughter, you will receive an official determination of your claim from Social Security, which will provide you appeals rights, if in case you wish to seek legal advice to verify our decision. We hope this information helps!

  78. My mother died of kidney failure when I was 2. My father was my representative payee until the social security checks stopped when I reached age. I always heard the term “we use it to help raise him” from my father and step mother whenever a family member asked if I was receiving benefits from deceased mother. As I reached high school I became more aware of my father and stepmother being addicted to alcohol and cocaine. I never recall receiving any of these funds as they were very strict with money even if i asked for lunch money which resulted in myself packing a lunch for school until I was old enough to work and buy my own lunch. On top of this once I was receiving my own paycheck my father continuously “borrowed” money when I would get paid and to this day never paid back around 1500.00 that was owed to me. Due to my home life of physical and verbal abuse from both of them, I never pressed the issue of my mothers social security checks meant for me or the money that was still owed from borrowing my hard earned work money. At the age of 18, without warning, I removed myself from this situation to live with a relative. I am now 27 and in the last few years ran into another issue of finding out my father took multiple Credit cards out under my name and maxed out these cards. I am a junior so it was easy for him to use these cards in my name. I have since been able to clear my credit of anything he did but this social security issue has lingered in the back of my mind and I wonder if its to late for any sort of action?

    I am almost 100 percent positive that these funds from my deceased mothers social security benefits were used as extra money for booze and drugs and just another way I wad used as a minor for financial gain. I do fear at this point it’s too late but any information or direction would be appreciated.

  79. Question, I’m married and receiving SSI, my wife keeps threatening to leave and not tell me where she’s going.
    Will SSI restore my benefits completely if she just moves out? Also will I have to prove that she has moved out even if I don’t know where she has gone?
    Thanks

  80. I started recieving SSDI about 2 years ago. I had been in a terrible violent crime situation and lost most mobility of one my legs. This paired with the childhood full of abuse I went through, I fell into a severe deep depression. The sadness and anxiety and enormous weight gain nearly killed me. Since recieving the benefits (mainly the health insurance) I am getting better. I M able to get the much needed counseling, had weight loss surgery and even have a part time job now. I am able to leave my house which is something I had not done in a long time. While I am getting better, I’m not there yet. I’ve lost 200lbs but still have a ways to go and in need of several more surgeries on my leg before I will be able to work full time. If I work longer than 3 hours my leg swells up and actually leaks fluid. A family member who is mad at me has threatened to report me for fraud?!?! My question is, how bwould this be handled? To my knowledge I’ve been truthful and have reported my earnings but from what people are saying I should be very worried. People don’t understand that going on disability is a very emotional thing to do for some of us. We live with a stigma of being on welfare. Something like this could derail two years of really hard work. I M doing my best to use the system as intended and better my quality of life by getting healthy. I’ve even gone back to school so that I can be qualified for a job that fit my physical needs.

  81. I know someone who receives SSI benefits for being unfit to work but is working a full time job and still receiving her monthly SSI and living off of section 8 housing. Is that even allowed?

    • I was recieving the ssi along with SSDI for a few months but as soon as I was able to do any work at all , I did. I still can’t physically do a full 8/9 hour day but I can work part time and I do. I reported my changes right away and SSI ended quite promptly. I have heard other people say you get punished for going back to work but I never thought of that as a punishment. They were supplementing my SSDI because my monthly benefit is so small. Now I am getting healthier and can supplement that benefit on my own. I do wish I could have kept the Medicaid though, I need a few major surgeries and not sure how I will pay for the 20%.

      • Hi Andie. Special rules make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments. Remember that the SSI program is a needs based program, and the amount of your SSI benefits is based, in part, on your total income. In some cases, your Medicaid coverage can continue even after your SSI payments stop. Please contact your local Medicaid office for more information. We recommend you read our publication “Working While Disabled – How We Can Help”, to learn more about this important topic. Thanks!

    • Hi Jo. Special rules make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive their benefits. Social Security calls these rules “work incentives“. However, if you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits, we encourage you to report it. Thanks.

  82. I have reported someone using stolen identity several times he is an illegal alien..born in 1972 when the social was issued prior to 1951…SS has does nothing about this fraudelent behaviour…So i don’t think they take fraud quite as seriously as they say… I have all the documentation and they just choose to ignore the isssue…

  83. When the SSA/OIG make an inaccurate assumption that causes harm to a previous beneficiary of SSA entitlement are they held accountable for that error? Or must a person in this situation really take it to the US court system (out of Admin Law) and make a public mockery (black eye) out of the federal agents/Judge who made the erroneous assumption which caused harm to the previous beneficiary? For example: if a forged marriage certificate is used as proof that the alleged recipient of benefits has committed fraud when in fact they did not and the record is fraud due to forgery which had nothing to do with the beneficiary? Would this not be considered HARM based on the fact the beneficiary did nothing wrong but was assumed at fault and treated as if fault was evident? I would think this sort of issue would end badly for the Federal agencies in the end. IS there a process for resolving issue so they stay in Admin Law rather than end up in US courts?

  84. I have Power of Attorney over my ex husband.
    He is terminally ill.
    My other ex husband contacted the local Social Security office and informed them that I had remarried my ex husband whom I have Power of Attorney over.
    He did this to hurt us and cost my ex his Social Security disability.
    What is my recourse on this? My ex who I have Power of Attorney over is in jeopardy of having his disability cut off.
    He literally has nothing else.
    What are my options?

    • Hi Judy. We are sorry to hear of the inconveniences you and your ex-spouse are experiencing at this time. Please note that having a power of attorney, does not give you legal authority to make changes or manage payments for someone receiving Social Security benefits. You must apply for and be appointed as a representative payee by SSA. A face-to- face interview is required, please contact the local Social Security office. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Thanks.

  85. Ok someone tell me what to do..I no someone that is living with someone that’s get social benefits an possible foodstamps and a,medical card to..the person they had moved in is working full time an paying them 400 amonth but they don’t want this person to use Thier address.

  86. So my mother is on disability and when she first got on it I was in high school so I revived benefits, I was aware that she got a lumpsome because she waited some years. But I wasn’t aware that I would get a lumpsome too (twelve thousand to be exact) I didn’t know of this until last year, years later she spent it on my other siblings and my brother in law and I received nothing out of it. She’s now putting me out of the house over not paying her 40 dollars when she askes for it. Is there anything you guys can do about this nonsense she basically stole my money

  87. If someone is using my address to file and collect social security and they do not even live in the country anymore is that considered fraud. If so how do I report them?

  88. I called to report fraudulent withdrawals of disability funds from the account of a beneficiary that was on life support at the time of the fraudulent direct express debit card withdrawals.
    I was told by ANDREW that they didn’t care, that once they deposit the funds onto the card that their job is don’t and aren’t concerned whether or not the benefits were stolen or used fraudulently.
    And here I was under the impression that SSA “takes fraud seriously”.
    I’m still shocked.

    • Hi Tristan. Social Security takes reports of fraud very seriously. If you suspect Social Security FRAUD, please report it. The Direct Express card is a prepaid debit card offered to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income check recipients who wish to receive their benefits electronically. For help regarding Direct Express, please contact Direct Express at 1-800-333-1795. Thanks!

      • I don’t “suspect” SS fraud, I KNOW, and I have PROOF of multiple frauds.
        I’ve already called SSA and reported it twice and filed online reports, twice.

        -I have the 10/6/16 receipt from the bank with the fraudster’s signature thereon for $1,000.
        -I have the hospital bill for “life support” “service date 10/06/2016”.
        -I have the statement of the bank manager stating that “the beneficiary was not present” when the benefits were withdrawn.

        I also have a whole lot more proof-

        -Forgery of VA fiduciary’s signature on checks (bank has already CONFIRMED AMD REFUNDED)
        -Theft of assets (a/v Recordings, photos, text msg confession)

        I could keep going, but it’s useless, no one seems to care.

        “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” -Benjamin Franklin

  89. SSA work abused his Fiduciary Duty against a diasbled person FELONY he TOLD ME WAS NOT GOING TO FOLLOW SSA POMS RULES AND DIDN”T. TOOK AWAY $9000 of my backpay and $245 of monthly check stating I received FREE RENT when I HAD IN POSSESSION Bone Fide Loans that required payback and he stated they were not valid loans-sitting before Judges court cases- must be pretty valid loans. Said I received free Rent did not these loans must be paid back-another SSA worker said “Did you list loans on your application when you applied that you had these loans? I said how was I to KNOW that 8 MONTHS LATER I WOULD be in auto accident and not be able to pay my rent 2 years later.– HOW RIDICULOUSLY STUPID IS THAT we must be able to tell the future – when we apply- but they got away with it I have to FIGHT via APPEALS- in the interium I suffer financially, medically and other. Due the SSA workers acting like GOD and NOT FOLLOWING POMS RULES. WRONGFULLY TAKING AWAY MONEY THAT IS RIGHTFULLY YOURS.

  90. I have been on SSI for a few months now. I have to pay rent 374 out of the little 759 dollars a month. The issue is that my sister has moved back home with me and my mother for a few months now and hasn’t paid any rent for living there what can I do i don’t think it is fair that I have to give my mother all that money when my sister is living rent free. What should I do

  91. I got approved fro ssdi just over a year ago. When I got the back pay I set a portion of it aside for specific purpose. My condition can very well kill me. I still have a midget left at home. I gave the understanding to my sons (all three over 21 now) that this specific money was to only be used incase of my death. It was enough for travel expenses toll fees food… there was even a notation on the transfer from my account to my sons… listing specifically it’s use was to have one of them in place here where I live thats1200 from the rest of her immediate family. My daughters name and the reason being the notation my youngest son spent it on his fiancées car repairs. I specified that it had to be paid back in a year …again should be noted in my bank account with that development. Now not only does my youngest ignore my queries he has flat out refused to repay the money and has my eldest son being verbally abusive and has the eldest stating the funds were never for them to come collect their sister in the event of my death…it was for them to spend as they wished and they did and that’s it. I can’t afford to set money aside like that again. I have too many medical bills and a child that needs things like food clothes shelter etc…. may I please inquire of possible options from ssa? Either way thank you for your time.

  92. I’m 18 and I get a ssi check but my mother don’t give me none of the money and she keep lying saying I don’t get one I have a photo of the ssi letter saying I get 733 a month what can I do to get my own check or change my who gets it ?

    • Hi Tyshieka, if you’re having problems with your current payee, you must report it immediately. If necessary, we may help you find a new representative payee for you or pay you directly. If you would like to become your own payee, we generally will need a statement from your doctor. The statement should say that you are now mentally and physically able to take care of yourself and that you are able to keep your finances in order. Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or you can contact your local Social Security office. For more information, visit our “FAQs For Beneficiaries Who Have A Payee” web page. Thanks!

  93. Hello I have a question my son is autistic 5 yrs old and receives ssi each month witch goes to my ex wife and she spends on what she wants. She was the one who applied for him but she has no social due to the fact she is here ilegally . I later found out that to receive this help u needed a social and the parent had to have worked under it to recive anything on behalf of the child. I asked how she did this she didn’t tell me so I investigated turns out she used my social and falsified my signature and information without my knowledge or permission. I go to the social security office and bring this to there attention they said it was ok because she was my wife and could use my information even sign my name, and say it was me. I don’t understand how that is ok.

    • We understand your concern Juan. We assure you that we will protect your Social Security records at all times. Your Social Security records are confidential and we do not disclose information, unless we have proper authorization or consent. The Supplemental Security Income or SSI program pays benefits to disabled children with limited income and resources. We establish SSI benefits under the child’s Social Security number. Generally, individuals (including children) need a Social Security number to collect Social Security benefits, and to receive other government services. Also, children under the age of 18, must have a Representative Payee to manage their SSI benefits. We prefer to assign those duties to the parent or a family member living in the same household with the child. As a representative payee, you must use the money to take care of the child’s day-to-day needs for food, clothing and shelter. In addition to any medical and dental care that’s not covered by health insurance. We hope you understand our role in protecting everyone’s personal information. However, if you think your ex-wife is misusing your son’s benefits, you must report it immediately. Please continue working with your local Social Security office. You can request to speak to a supervisor in your next visit. Thanks.

  94. Not all ssi cases are denied the first time. I applied for my son who is severely ADHD and ODD April 13 and was approved in July 13. no medication helps and therefore no doctor will try anymore. However, you need documents. I WAS taking him to therapy, had a 504 developed, and of course notes from school. I WENTback to work and we no longer qualified because income was too high. However I am home again to take care of him and to make sure things stay on track and will see if they reapprove him. DON’T give up hope, but realize if you have a serious issue you need to prove it to them.

  95. I have a question if some one is retired and they are collecting ssi and have people living in the home paying rent and they are not reporting the income is this considered fraud?

  96. Is it fraud if you know someone that’s claiming they can’t walk or stand for a certain amount of time knowing that they have a court hearing coming up but is walking every night delivering papers ? Not to mention the person lied to dss and the ssi mental eval just to get out of work just so they claim the ssi.even though that person hasn’t been awarded anything yet but if that person did win they would get retro for 2-3 years worth ????

    • Hi Jim, thank you for your concern. We take allegations of fraud very seriously. If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits, we encourage you to report it.

  97. Hello I have a question regarding sending mails to the SSA. My son’s case is being reviewed at the DDS office so I was sent 2 forms to fill out. One for him and one for me as the third party. The forms were sent with a self-stamped envelope. My questions is can I use the self-stamped envelope at the same time can I go to the post office to have it certified and registered so that I can keep track of whether or not they have received it. The reason why I want to do this is because in the past I have sent back forms that I need to fill out, but SSA claimed they have never received, and this incident happened twice so I had no choice but to go to the office and hand them the forms myself.

    • We apologize for previous inconveniences Nez. You can use registered mail or any other form of tracking system available through the post office. You can also take the forms to your local Social Security office. We always suggest that you make and keep copies of the forms for your records. Thanks.

  98. My son was diagnosed with autism when he was 10 years old, when he turned 18 I applied for ssi and he was immediately approved. It has been six years now since he has been receiving ssi. Now his case is being reviewed so the DDS have sent me ( I’m his representative payee) and him function adult forms to fill out, one for him and one for third party. My questions is he has been working for 3 years now. He works for a non profit organization that provides work for adults with disabilities. He doesn’t make very much, the most he takes home in a month is $100. Is there a possibility his ssi benefits could be taken away because he’s been able about to hold this job?

  99. hello, i just tried to us my card at atm machine to get my funds off to pay and it wont let me get it. I then tried to just take a little off and then it said insuffient fundsI really like to known what is goning on wiith my funds.

    • For your security, we do not have access to information about your account in this venue. Please contact your local Social Security office or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for assistance. For help regarding Direct Express, please contact 1-800-333-1795. Thanks!

  100. I just found out that my daughters stepdad filed for social security benefits for my daughter after her mother passed. I have sole custody of my daughter and have since talked to social security and have become her payee. What can I do about the prior checks that he received

  101. I received a called from Social Security. January 2016. That my son has a lump sum of back money since 2005. I was told to report to the Social Security office with proper ID and bank book, with my son information. Social Security told me that they also have to gather the other children information. Before cutting my son his check. They finally gather the other children information and cut all children their checks. But, my son hasn’t receive anything. All Social Security tell me, we are working on it. I cant understand working on what. If Social Security told me once they cut all the children checks. All children get their benefits at the same time. Is now January 2017. And they tell me we working on it. Please somebody tell me what are they working on?. Because I already received a letter May 2016 . Of the break down.

    • I received a called from Social Security. January 2016. That my son has a lump sum of back money since 2005. I was told to report to the Social Security office with proper ID and bank book, with my son information. Social Security told me that they also have to gather the other children information. Before cutting my son his check. They finally gather the other children information and cut all children their checks. But, my son hasn’t receive anything. All Social Security tell me, we are working on it. I cant understand working on what. If Social Security told me once they cut all the children checks. All children get their benefits at the same time. Is now January 2017. And they tell me we working on it. Please somebody tell me what are they working on?. Because I already received a letter May 2016 . Of the break down.

  102. I am rating 100% disable vet by veteran dr. and received compensation from VA, and was worked for federal government for many years, but now I get removed from my fed. job due to performance issue, am I qualified for disability retirement? If I do, do I still need a lawyer in this case, for what reason? The letter from VA to verify my disability, is not enough?

    • Thank you for your question Jonny. Please keep in mind that the Social Security Act sets out a very strict definition of disability, much different than the requirements for other government programs including veterans benefits. Social Security pays disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. In addition to meeting our definition of disability, you must have worked long enough–and recently enough–under Social Security to qualify for disability benefits. For more information and to see if you should apply for disability benefits, we urge you to contact your local office or call us at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and ask one of our representatives to assist you. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day or later in the week. We hope this information helps you.

  103. so on jan 3 2017 my mthly deposit came in aprox. 1am by 1:30am was withdrawn without my consent or my card from a atm in Hollywood florida called immediately to report to direct express which is a horrible company with very poor customer service no fax machine to expedite any correspondences all mail goes to a po box meaning time sensitive mail potentially could be sitting in a po box for days before being picked up now 10 buisness days later as per there policy which might i add makes 0 sense i should been replaces my stolen funds but no also false as im being told they did not receive my return letter and now will soon be homeless due to this incompetent company. their lvl 2 so called security team is useless.i ask my self how does the federal government allow for this to happen to americas most vulnerable makes no sense to me.there needs to be a complete investigation on direct express and comerica bank since its name is on back of card but once i called Comerica was told they can’t help me that they have 0 to do with direct express funny how that could be true as their name is on back of card.sad part seems federal government does not have disabled Americans best interest’s in mind for if they did a full investigation would happen cause with very little reasearch i found a direct express not even bbb accredited not that im surprised. and yet there is several hundred complaints against this failed company on bbb web site never mind. hundreds of complaints on other sites.in short if the federal government won’t help and protect it most vulnerable who will.

  104. My father is currently in the hospital. I am having to drive 2 hours to see him. His mental status is not very good but he does know who I am. I have all of his belongings. I have to reimburse myself for gas when traveling to see him. He does receive benefits every month. Do I need to worry about the health care providers if the ask me where the funds went if they decide to transfer him to another facility? Just a little concerned. Thanks

    • Hi Lynn, if you’re referring to needing help with managing your father’s Social Security benefits, then you need to visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page. While most people receive their Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments directly, some need assistance in managing their benefits. Payments to these individuals are paid through a representative payee who receives the check on behalf of the beneficiary and provides for their personal needs. When friends or family are not able to serve as payees, Social Security looks for qualified organizations to be representative payees. Please consider talking with the hospital’s administrator about this important issue, or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents for more information. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  105. Hello I need to know how to go about reporting someone for pretending to be me. I believe it was my brothers old payee, I have been my brothers payee going on two years now, someone called and pretended to be me saying I wanted to stop being his payee. Got to the bottom of it and handled to case for me to come into the office for now on but if only I can verify the voice they might have when that call was made. How can I go about this?

    • Hi Rebecca, please continue working with your local Social Security office on this matter. Thanks!

  106. Is there someone or number you can call if you feel that a person on SSI has been taken advantage of. My mother was taken advantage of by an tax account 2 years in a row. I only found about it because SSI sent my mother a letter asking for tax returns. After careful investigation I found out this person targets people on SSI. I have filed a report with IRS and have answered any questions they may have asked. But the tell me they cannot give me any infomation about what’s going on. And the worst part is this person is still out there open for business. And my mother is still begin investigated like she knowing had something to do with it. I would love to have someone that we can talk to someone that can explain what’s going on why this person looks like he just getting off Scott free. My mother has mental and physical disability who advocates for them.

  107. My brother is 93 has Navy pension 22 years and S.S. , one day in Oct 2016, his daughter Had POA sent message on Facebook, I found a guy on internet and will be leaving 1st week of Nov 2016 and dropping her dad in a rehab he has bad ankles on both legs. I didn’t think it was true but it was, I stepped in found things out she took his money didn’t pay mortgage and other tax’s. I am 69 on S.S myself so just to get to where my brother is takes 1 hr and 40 miles. Well now it’s time to be POA and try to fix things so i am POA went to his home to get papers his X son in law is there and now his Granddaughter is there and police know about that drug trouble, so i say i need to get some papers for my brother the police they call and i am told to leave house showed papers but no good over a month ago this was , they say pay to evite.
    Well $152 to start that so now back to running my brother in wheel chair to banks S.S . offices and the worse DAFS for his navy pay. So after getting my brother on phone with DAFS he tells them what account to put in and he still don’t get his checks was again i travel 160 miles get him on phone and the say all fixed this is 2/16/17 so i think ill check S.S he did get one check Jan 2017 so i take my brother there same day and find out on Feb 9th someone changed it again. they say they can’t stop check going out for march that he wont get. I am worn out my car don’t have heat i live in NJ and been running crazy trying to get him in a VA place nothing is easy i have to go in Feb 22nd about right lung and a growth. I have to go get brother on Feb 21st take him to S.S again lift a wheel chair force it in my back seat wow is that hard for me. I want them to stop the check going out not reward the person for getting sent to them RIGHT ??

    • Hello Mr. Graves. We are sorry to hear of all of the inconveniences you and your brother are experiencing. However, it sounds like your brother needs help managing his Social Security benefits. A Representative Payee is different than having “Power of Attorney”. As a representative payee, you will be authorized to update information on your brother’s record. When friends or family are not able to serve as payees, Social Security looks for qualified organizations to be representative payees. Please reach out to the local Social Security office in your area. Or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  108. Hello, was approved for SSI. Went to local office and did questions. For the retro or back pay period, I was mostly homeless, not also lived at times with a revolving cast of acquaintances. I bought and made food by myself via Food Stamps. Told the local SS office this.

    Get determination, she has me living in household of another for the entire 2 years of back pay! I didn’t. Also I bought and made my own food. So she basically filled it all out as if she works on commission and to steal my back pay I should have receives all along. This takes my monthly from $750 to $490 for 2 years, robbing me.

    Can I call a number at SS? This was my local office who did this, so not much help at all and this employee lied. Thank you.

    • Hi Jennifer. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local office about this situation. If you would like to submit a comment, complaint or suggestion, you can write to us or send us an email message. Thanks.

  109. I have a serious problem with this issues of funds from back pay for 12 years ago I was told that in order for me to recover my funds I need a representative payee so in doing so my wife became my representative payee for $58,000 these funds were release and in doing so she stolen all the money from me kicking me out of my home provided me only with $1,500 sense time I received that money in 2015, it is now 2017 and I have yet to be told how this case will be resolved. So my life continues to fall behind with suffering medical care due to stolen funds I have reported this matter to my local office and this also means that I have no clue how are things going on with my funds. Please help I have written several times to my senator and continue to hit a brick wall. Please I need this matter resolved for restitution to be pay back.

  110. This article is a JOKE! I have reported fraud by the same person multiple times on the online forms, as well as tried to call the number; i called one day at 10am EST and spent all day on the phone ringing. I have contacted the SS department directly to be told they cant do anything. This representative kept getting this childs money for 18 months after giving up guardian ship of this child. I finally have full custody of this child and still cant get the monies owed her. Now this same mother has filed for SS disability herself and has had a hearing but hasn’t told them she worked last summer under the table and I have proof of all of this. They do not care and it is money being taken from those who really need it. If they really did care they would investigate this and SS would stop this person from abusing the system yet again

  111. My Brother died back in 2006. After his death he had a son, whom he will never know. The son receives around $600.00 in social security benefits from my brothers death. The mother is no longer in the picture and doesn’t handle his money. However, the step-grandmother and biological grandfather have custody of him. They are currently being investigated by Children Services(For neglect, physical abuse, mental abuse, among other indecencies). Ever since my brothers son was born, they have used his checks to pay for their own expenses. He is now ten years old and we have reported Fraud to Social Security two times, to no avail. He supposedly has a savings account with only $5,000 dollars in it, if you do the math, he should have around $72,000 dollars accumulated since he was born. He never has anything new, he goes to school is old clothes, he has to pay for his own birthday presents and holidays, he has multiple mental diagnosis because of the way he is treated and the way they fight to keep him just for his money (We have been fighting for custody of him since he was two years old). I need to talk to the right person that is willing to take action against this. So my brothers son can receive the money he deserves and not just be used and abused for receiving this money. I will post this as Anonymous because I don’t want the grandparents to figure our who I am. Please contact me at the e-mail address I left, for further information. Thank you, and God Bless!

    • This happened to someone I personally know. Please take your proof to your local SSA office. That is the fastest way for something to be done. My friend also had the same thing happen with his trust fund. It was suppose to have 5,000 in it when he was born and then over the years it would have drawn interest. Not sure how much that may have been when he turned 18 but when he finally got to get into the fund there was under $1,000. I hope that you get this all under control. Sadly I think there is too much fraud going on for SSA to handle all of it. It’s very sad.

  112. Hello I am wondering if it is possible to report fraud that happened to someone who at the time didn’t know it was happening and only realized after they turned 18 when their benefits stopped. There were times where their payee which was their mother didn’t even live with them and used their money for herself and mainly used the money to buy drugs. The beneficiary has proof of this and so do some of his other relatives.

    • Hi Sarah. If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits, we encourage you to report it. To report misuse of Social Security benefits, report it. We will investigate all allegations of misuse, gather facts and evidence, and make a decision on whether misuse has occurred. Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or you can contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  113. Hi my mother n law stopped my checks 3 years ago fot my dad who has passes away because my mom. Wouldnt give me anything so im now 18 and get a letter saying i am going to receive a check for over 8.000 dollars i have no contact with my mom and. The ssi told me she has it i went over to her house with a cop and she lied saying she never received it how can i get the money back since she wont give it to me she spend it all

  114. I have a question. Can a child whose father passed away and is receiving ssi as child support still receive the ssi if she lives with her aunt to go to a different high school?
    The mother is still paying for all the child’s food, clothing and supplies…
    Just wondering.
    If anyone knows if the child’s has to remain in the original home to receive her ssi benefits, let me know..

    • In most cases, children under the age of 18 need a Representative Payee when they receive Social Security benefits. Generally, we look for relatives living in the same household to serve as representative payees. Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and speak to one of our representatives for further assistance. Or contact your local Social Security office.

  115. I just turned.40. I started working at age 15. I have had a LOT of various jobs, and I can only recall a few jobs in which I resigned because I had another employment prospect lined up. All the other jobs I ended up being fired from, for various lame reasons that really had more to with managers who for whatever reasons were personal against me, personality conflicts in retrospect now looking back but yet wouldnt reflect that in company records because those.managers had to make up reasons to get of me in a few cases.
    Anyhow, I could go into all the details, but.in already doing so for myself in order to figure out how to best move forward, somehow doing this has created so much anxiety and ptsd slowly but gradually all these years because I never ever really except for at one job did.anything that was totally deserving of being terminated such as stealing of any sort, criminal acts, actions that are willful if that makes sense.
    Anything I guess outside of having a disability, and I clearly can see that having adhd and narcolepsy in daylight hours really should be considered a disability.
    And by disability I don’t necessarily mean that as in anyone who really had it should collect disability, but rather how employers are not supposed to discriminate against employees who have a disability.

    if I can’t even get a good city, county goverernment type job soon enough after all the applications and tests that I have taken and phone interviews and employment waiting lists I’ve been placed on to no avail….
    I’m sorry, but.I’m done.getting fired over and over and.over.. consider my application for social security disability for the money I have paid into the system for all my earnings going back 26 years , my last and.final.job to do. My too weak notice
    Because I can’t change who I am , how I am. It has been a huge issue before I was diagnosed with Adhd and afterwords on meds and off.
    The.applicating for.this.though is even more tedious than doing online job applications. I couldn’t even comprehend most of it. I get the Fraud issue, I really really really do. So does Judge Judy. It’s one of her pet peeves and hot buttons and she will expose anyone for.it and call them out on it when it is relevant to a case.
    I don’t feel entitled.to SSD, Im just asking for the help even it temporarily..
    Please

  116. I believe my ex wife is using my name so number making false claims using my son’s I’d too gain ssi illeagally and has been doing kit for years help bring this crime too justice not first time or thing she’s has done

  117. Someone I know started taking small jobs online while receiving SSI. They were worried that they wouldn’t be able to support themselves when they started so they didn’t report the income to Social Security.
    It’s been two years now, and they are doing well, but they still haven’t reported anything. They’d like to reconcile the situation and start paying back what they owe, and maybe end their benefits altogether, but they don’t know how. Are they facing certain jail time, or can this issue be reconciled.

  118. My son is one of the few people who still receives a SSI check in the mail. We haven’t been able to convince him to set up direct deposit – he doesn’t feel capable of handling a bank account.
    Anyhow, his SSI check did not arrive this month. We don’t think it was stolen as we always pick up our mail right away when it comes. What should he do at this point? He still lives with us and needs our help with many things. Thank you.

    • Hi Beverly! We’re glad that everything is fine now. For future reference, if a check is not received on the scheduled pay date, we usually advise people to wait three business days after the date they normally receive their check before calling us. To report a late, missing, or stolen check, beneficiaries can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Also, your son may find the Schedule of Social Security Benefit Payments calendar helpful.

  119. My daughter just turn in her ex for collecting Disability social security benefits . He received at the time because he said he couldn’t because he had cancer and was under going cancer treatment. He is now cancer free and is working under the table. We had him followed and have proof he can work. We sent in the proof so will they investigate?

    • Hi Cheryl, we take allegations of fraud very seriously. If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits, we encourage you to report it. When allegations of fraud are reported to our Office of the Inspector General, we conduct the required investigations. However, federal regulations prohibit the disclosure of information contained in law enforcement records, even to the individual making the allegation. We thank you for helping us fight fraud.

  120. will i get in trouble if i deposited checks written to roommate by payee of her social security if i had permission to do so

  121. How do you get proof of income for someone that is currently in a nursing home that is unable to go the the office or utilize a computer?

  122. My boyfriend of 21 years is on social security disability. We have a daughter togather. His social security check was automatically deposited into my checking account because he didn’t have one. My daughters social security check which is in my name and hers was automatically deposited into our joint savings account. When we split up he had his check removed from my checking account obviously…but also some how got her social security check taken from the savings account. When I didn’t receive the deposit I asked him where it was and his girlfriend told me they could take that check out of my name whenever they wanted. I filled out the fraud report online and heard nothing. I went to my local office and they said they would call him and get his side of the story. Finally 3 months later I got the check in the mail but it was only for one month. How can this be? How can they get away with this? Social security has not taken this seriously…they have let them both get away with stealing my daughter’s money.

    • Hi Pam. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local office. If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks.

  123. My SSA payments for September, October and November 2016 were deposited into an account that I did not have access to. My X spouse has not yet returned the moneys despite several requests by my attorney for her to do so. Is this fraud?

  124. So my mother has been attempting to get her social security statement with record of history of earnings and history of payed social security taxes. I have helped her attempt to make an online account with with no succes because it says hay the entered information is incorrect.
    All the information entered is correct and is the exact information she used to file her taxes. She was blocked from the site for 24 hours for “unverified information”. After the 24 hour period was over we attempted again With no success. We called the helpdesk I explain to them the situation and they explained to me that I am an able to translate or call on behalf of my mother. While my mother was right next to me and agent had accused me of identity theft even though I had not even given her a Social Security number or a name I simply asked questions. They are so rude and unhelpful and they made my mother feel like she is uneducated. We have visited the office and they have told us that we have to set up an online account but if we are unable to do so with the correct information and the helpdesk is no help what can we do ? We did request a statement over the phone and they said that they would mail it to the address listed on the records although it would take more than four weeks and she does not have the time to wait because immigration is requesting this information to be given before that time.

  125. This site is really a stroll-by for all of the info you wished about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse right here, and also you’ll undoubtedly uncover it.

  126. hello,
    i recently applied to get a replacement social security card at the s.s office and provided all the documents and received a letter stating it will take 2 weeks. it has been over a week and i haven’t yet received it so i called the s.s 1800-number to speak with someone about the status after waiting 45 min. on the line i spoke with a women and gave her all the info she needed from me turns out she told me they had sent my s.s card 29 days ago which seemed odd to me, and that the reason why i didn’t receive it at the address where i live at is because my name wasn’t on the lease or purchase agreement of where i lived at? HUH?!? I have never heard anything like this before my oldest son had his card mailed to our address and hes not on our purchase agreement neither are my children so how is this possible? She told me to go check the post office and if they dont have it they sent it back to the social security administration and when they receive it they shred it & I’ll have to go back to the S.S office again to reapply I just want to know if anyone has ever heard of such a thing & your only allowed 3 a year and 10 a life time so when i go re-apply again how is it my fault that they wont mail it where i live at this is crazy anyone please let me know if this is even legal process or what thanks

    • Typically, after we process your application, you should receive your replacement Social Security card by mail within 10 business days. Since it has been longer than 10 days, the best way to follow up on your application, is to contact the office where you filed your application. On your receipt there should be a local phone number for you to call and speak to someone about the status of your card. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope this information helps.

  127. I just received a denial from SSA Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance. However in the same mail day I received more paperwork to fill out for office of disability determination. I called and they said I was denied for one thing but still being evaluated for something else. I AM CONFUSED

    • We apologize for any misunderstanding, Nicole. Unfortunately and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation and answer your questions to help you understand the situation. Please try again. Representatives at our toll free number 1-800-772-1213, are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or contact your local Social Security office directly, for further assistance. Thanks!

  128. Why is it so hard for me to stop my disability checks from coming. I’ve worked hard to get well, and now I have returned to work full time. So far so good. Since I worked part time for years making under SGA, I’ve been able to keep my payments but the stress of having to have my finances checked every year was so stressful it was making me sick for a month every year. I finally decided I couldn’t do it anymore, and I am trying full time work. When I called SS to report that I have returned to work making over SGA even with medical expenses, they took my info and that was it. I then received the exact paper work in the mail that I had gotten earlier in the year to make sure I was still able to get disability. The one darn thing that completely sets off my anxiety EVERY time is the exact same thing they sent me. I filled it out to the best of my ability and stated that they had ALL of the information from earlier in the year and I was not dragging it back out again. I just want my checks to stop. I have received one so far, and I have taken it directly out of my bank account so it isn’t spent….but now I don’t know what to do with it.

  129. I get SSI and my family are on the dysfunctional side and threaten to call Social Security on my all the time if I go anywhere do anything that they think I should not be able to do , I have Glaucoma and Arthritis. If I walk further than they think I should they say I should not get SSI, if I drive at night they say I should not get SSI. I sold a painted rock and used the money to get more paint to , so I could paint more rocks, to give free rocks for the Kindness Project, where you paint and hide rocks to make people smile, so I was threatened that they would call SSI and get me in trouble. can I do anything about them constantly threatening me?

  130. How can I open up an account with SS for my disabled child so we can check how our appeal is going. I try to call and never get to talk to a person so it says to check on line. As her payee it says I can not open an account for her. So what do I need to do. They said for me to call because they need to talk to me???????
    HELP!!!

    • Hi, Jackie. At this time, you can only create a my Social Security account using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and one of our agents will assist you. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day, or later in the week. Thanks.

  131. I suspect somone of fraudulent claims. He was collecting for disability and social security. He just got married and there income has changed and does not seem to have his disability anymore ???

  132. How do I report someone who is collecting SSI for their son, but the son does not live with him or even in the same state?

  133. If my mom is my payee and she kept the check for herself stating its for bills that are not required to be paid by me, im to pay my rent and she spent the money i was supposed to recieve

    • To report any misuse of Social Security benefits, please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and speak to one of our representatives. Or you can contact your local Social Security office directly. Thanks!

  134. No one helps you when you report people stealing from you I reported and Noone helped me or my disable son.now I am disable also No one cares nothing is done when you report people who steal.

  135. I have thought about whats happening to me and I know the bank higher executives are not helping.

    I have my social security check deposited to Citizen Bank. I tried to have $10 deducted each month so I would have something in case of emergency. Every month I was coming up short and I would have to take the money out and cover my checking account. This went on for several months. I made it a point to leave money in my checking account to see if it would be there when my benefit check was deposited and I noticed the money was not there. I reported this an a audit was taken. I didnot receive a reply jusy $22 was in my account. More had been taken at least $150(???). My saying something angered someone. My mtg payment was held up 10 days. While checking my account on the mobile banking I noticed $226 was to be delivered to someone. I couldnt delete it so I hoped a supervisor or manager would get my email. They did and it was taken out. The next day a overdraft was put through on a check I had paid.Before this I had deposited money in my account so I could pay my credit card. They paid it because I had deposit cash. Somehow all these checks came up overdrafts. I paid them and didnt argue because the checks were ACH. I had written checks on these over 7 years and they never overdre me. So I found it strange two different places. But I would accept this.

    I had been discussing this with Mr. Richard A. in the chairmans office. Although hes nice, I think i’m being abused and fraud is taking place. Please help me.

  136. I attended Cambridge Tech. her in Cincinnati, Ohio back in the late 80;s early 90;s—They were close down by the Government, we were not suppose to pay any money back because we did not receive any money. When I turn 62, someone has been taken money out of my check every month, even rebate checks. I don;t have any paper work from over 25 years ago , I can;t find anyone to stop this! Can you please help me?

  137. I attended Cambridge tech. in Cincinnati,Ohio back in the late 80’s early 90’s. The Government close them down. We were told we did not have to pay any money because we did not receive any money.Because I don’t have any paper work from over 25 years ago,Ican’t stop who every is doing this, when I turn 62 it started.Can any one stop this and return my money!

  138. That is such a lie!!! My father takes my ssi,and refuses to get my necessities as I need,only so often!! But then he goes arpund and buys expensive phones and other things!! My FRIEND gets my necessities!! NONE of my own money goes to it!! I never get told where it actually goes either!! But who listens? Not a damn person! You all go and ask him about it!! LMAO! It’s just like going to a cerial killer and asking him, “have you murdered anyone lately?” “No. :F ” “That’s good enough for us!” Good grief!! And everyone wonders why I’m so pissed off!! Idiots working the government!! Take fraud seriously MY A**!!

  139. My question concerns someone else receiving my benefits. My mother passed in 1984 of cancer. My sister and I were willed to our step-father who soon remarried. We lived with he and his wife for 7 years. The experience was not great. We recently heard that there were benefit checks issued in our name. How can we find out?

  140. If I’m 14 an my grandmother receives a check for me each month an I don’t receive anything an she buys household things when I move out will those things belong to me???

  141. Either the Social Security Department doesn’t take fraud seriously or they are unaware they are giving fraudster the most important components to commit fraud & ID theft, I would like to think it`s the latter. Here`s what I`m talking about, the SSA sends the USPS address verification forms of SSA recipients. The purpose is too verify the address that’s giving to SSA by the recipients is the same address listed with the USPS. An associate at the post office is suppose to verify the address on the form and send back to the SSA. The problem is on this form it has the SSA recipients name ,address & SSN !!!!! No telling how many eyes see this form, that is not sent secured in it`s travel and it`s just stapled to the outside of the return envelope. The only way I became aware of this is because the mailman handed my girlfriend`s mail to me while she was right there getting something out the car. I knew this was something she wasn’t suppose to receive and had her bring to the attention of the local post office.

    There response: Oh sorry you weren’t suppose to get that, we were suppose to fill that out and send it back.

    What happens next, she receives another one . Lets face it not everyone in the USPS is honest, again no telling how many eyes that wasn’t suppose to see that saw it. With 65.1 million people taking part in SSA program(s) and all of them having to supply addresses that need to be verified, think of the magnitude of fraud and ID theft this could create.
    I hope this get noticed by the right people and something get done about this process that can and will create fraud .

    • We apologize and regret any inconveniences. We have referred your complaint to our Office of Operations to follow up and to take corrective action as necessary. We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  142. I have my social security blocked because of a compromised social security number. ( I was phisched)
    Will this effect my monthly social security payments. If so how do I unblock it?

  143. My name is Tyson Anderson I am SMI. I am on huge amounts of meds for schizophrenia. I sleep a lot and am or was receiving funds for one month then got locked up. The first funds I had where spent on paying the full $1800.00 I owed back rent and up coming rent then 200.00 for four months of phone bills on my payees plan. Then I had to buy all my clothing shoes and hygiene and pay the little I owed that was lent for pre spent living expenses. Then on November 13th I went to jail. My payee had already spent all I had received for ssi that month with back pay and all and did not report I got locked dy mistake. But my check for December never came. So he truly thought he had nothing to report. Well now I am out still SMI and in need of the the funds. My jail stay is over. So why are my checks stopped? No wrong doing is on my part or my payee Rick Anderson. I need the funds to continue pay my 50.00 dollar phone bill and 450.00 dollars rent each month plus living expenses. Please help me keep receiving this. I am using every will in me to trust to write this even when paranoid and scared over everything. My minds always everywhere. Please if u can either contact me at 520 233 8651 names Tyson Anderson or my dad who’s my renter and payee. Names rick Anderson numbers 805 890 1719. Please don’t let me spiroil out of control down a path of no return. Also u can contact my lawyer or mental health staff at la frontara comundad on Jefferson in phoenix. Gods gave me great power to see through the phone so I know u seek to see me with the all seeking eye but I know that I am in the right and these checks should come on schedule. Its of pain that patient zero had to use the wire

  144. THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUNDS HAVE BEEN STOLEN FOR DECADES BY THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS ,EVERY ELECTION YEAR AT BUDGET TIME THEY TELL THE AMERICAN WORKERS THAT THE FUNDS WILL RUN OUT IN X NUMBER OF YEARS ,BUT THAT DOES NOT STOP THESE CORRUPT POLITICIANS FROM STEALING FROM THE FUNDS . THE SSI FUND WAS STARTED TO PROVIDE A SAFETY NET AND AS A SUPPLIMENT FOR THE RETIREMENT OF EVERY AMERICAN WORKING MAN AND WOMAN.THE FUND WAS NOT SET UP FOR THE WASTEFUL SPENDING OF THESE CORRUPT POLITICIANS ..MILLION LOW INCOME SENIORS DEPEND ON THE SSI ,WHILE THE POLITICIANS ARE STEALING FROM THE FUND..IF THESE CROOKS STOP STEALING FROM THE FUNDS THE SSI WOULD BE SOLVENT FOR FUTURE AMERICAN RETIRING MEN AND WOMEN.IT IS TIME THAT CONGRESS START REPLACING THE FUNDS THEY HAVE STOLEN ,STARTING BY ELIMINATING ALL THE TAX PAYER FUNDED PERKS THEY HAVE GIVEN THEMSELVES.

  145. I think someone is drawing ssi off my social number I had got a tip from someone I really need someone to check into it I’m not disable i work have a job

  146. Hey my name tywuan cooper and I was wondering,if I was 15-16 & someone from my family stole my house and the retirement money now that I’m 23 and understand more could something be done.

  147. The court has ordered my ex to contact the Social Security Administration and give access to me of his earnings records. What does my ex need to do now to start this process?

    • Thank you for your question, Rommy. The procedure to follow when handling a court order depends on what type of information is requested. Generally, these cases are handled in person at the local Social Security office.
      We hope this helps!

  148. A few days prior to July 18th, 2017 I received a letter from the SSA saying that my retirement benefits had been approved and that funds would be deposited to a bank I never heard of. On July 18th, 2017 I was to have a phone conference with my local SSA office to complete my application. The call never came in. At approximately 3:30PM I called the national SSA number and someone from Atlanta said that I already had a prior completed application on file and it was to pay out in September. Since I never completed the application myself she put a hold on it and advised me to immediately go to my local office. I RAN to the local office (in 90 degree temperature) with chest pains and made it there 5 minutes before closing. The individual was reluctant to help me. However, she did file a new application for me. Days later she sent me some additional documents to sign and send back to her. The documents were a formal ackowledment that I had no knowledge of the prior application. I signed them an sent them back the next day. She called me approximately five weeks later and asked me for the documents. I told her that I sent them back the next day. Luckily I keep copies of everything and sent her a set. Since that time she has called me once to leave a message that everything now was in the hands of another office. She will not return my calls for a status. The national SSA phone number puts me in contact with someone (I believe in Atlanta) who tells me that I need to go to my local office for support. It’s the proverbial run around!

    My question is this. I was suppose to start receiving my payments in September. We are approaching the middle of January and I still don’t have any SSA benefits. No payments were ever lost by the SSA. Why can’t I start recieving my benefits? Why am I kept in the dark with no updates? Will I get a back payment lump sum? When can I expect some results? I hope you can see that this is making me feel like I’m the loser/victim when I am the one that has done everything right.

    • We apologize for the delay and the inconveniences you’re experiencing, John. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog.
      Under these circumstances, you need to continue working with your local office. You can request to speak with the manager to see how we can help to expedite resolution of your situation, Thanks.

  149. My heroin addict son keeps changing my deposit info, withdrawing from my acct. Now hes done it again and i cant pay my rent I NEED HELP NOW, can’t wait for investigation i will be on the street and cant buy my medicine. What can i do?

  150. yes i would like to get a trust fund for my daughter in social security tiffiany williams is a needed girl with promblems call us at 445-6356

  151. I have a son who is deaf and lives with his mother in Texas. He receives SSI and his mother is his payee,
    I have since discovered she is misusing his money
    for her own benefit . She can not keep a steady home and within a year has been evicted from 4 different apartments. She also had a DWI due to her drinking a while back. I also pay child support for my son and was recently paying her money on the side so she could pay bills. I am just concerned
    that my son is not getting what he needs and the fact he does not have a steady home also worries me. Is there something I can do or someone I can call?

    • Hi Rene, if you suspect misuse of SSI benefits, report it. We will investigate all allegations of misuse, gather facts and evidence, and make a decision on whether misuse has occurred. If we find misuse occurred, SSA may find a new representative payee. Generally, we look for family or friends to serve as representative payees. When friends or family are not able to serve as payees, Social Security looks for qualified organizations to be representative payees. Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or you can contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  152. My mom has been using my social security number on whatever she wants/needs since the day I turned 18, I had no idea she was doing it until a few years ago, she is my mother so I fully trusted her I’m sure like any young, dumb, naive person like me would do with their mother, so my credit is ruined and she is still doing it to me and I just found out not too long ago that she has been using my children’s socials on things as well, I do not know what to do, how to stop it, or how to fix anything, there is no way I will be able to repay everything she has done, and to be quite honest I don’t understand why she was allowed to do this. And I’m making a huge risk just by commenting, so please any help or advice would be great and I would appreciate it so much! Thank you!

  153. I just wanted to know if social security do care check ups on SSI people? I have a brother who is on ssi and has cebral paIsy and can’t walk Or really do for himself. And I haven’t seen or be able to talk to him in over a year and my oldest brother is the payee. And won’t let no one in the family know where he’s at or speak to him. But calm he’s ok and living in Florida. Which I’m having a hard time believing. Please let me know what I can do to get someone to check up on him and see if he’s ok ?

    • Hi Giovanna. The Social Security Administration reviews SSI cases regularly to make sure the individuals receiving checks are still eligible to get them.
      A representative payee must use SSI benefits to pay for the needs of the disabled individual. These needs could include payment for food, shelter, clothes, medical care and personal comfort items. Also, the representative payee must tell SSA of events that could affect these benefits.
      However, if you suspect misuse of SSI benefits, we ask you to report it. You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and speak to one of our representatives. Or you can contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  154. What happens if my mother is opening my social security benefits mail!!!? And choosing to send all my mail back! My benefits have been messed up !
    And my Federal housing administration’s papers!!!
    I am very upset, what do I do!?
    PLEASE,help she has even threatened my life!
    Jessica Leigh Franck Nash

  155. What if someone is a fleeing felon like Shyla Janow of Valdosta Ga. and draws SSI. Why is she getting SSI. When she is running from probation in Woodward Ok.

    • Hello Kenda. If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits, we encourage you to report it. We thank you for helping us fight fraud.

  156. I need to talk to some one in person I am nearly deaf my eyes are bad too ,but my chech go to Visa card and it was compromised so i went to the bank ,cause of my hearing to report the trouble ! So they took my card that i use to buy food and pay rent I got checks so i could pay my rent But when my new card came it was oweing 5 dollars so i had no money for food ! I call my bank they sent me to the claims dept and they refused to return money ! They said i needed to call the company that took it that they couldnot ! So i call that company and they said they would return the money that a week ago but no money came so i called again they said my card company wont take it ! So icall them till it was point less neither one will return my money

  157. I was chosen to be my daughter’s Representative Payee after her father passed away in June 2017 and filed to receive the monthly benefits in July of 2017 but still haven’t received the Direct Express card or any benefits so far and I’ve been hearing a lot of rumors amongst my family members that my daughter’s aunt has been receiving the benefits for the past few months. I don’t believe I have any way of proving this fraud accusation…but if there is some way to prove this I would like to be aware so that I could possibly get the situation fixed and have the person guilty of fraud punished for the crime considering my daughter has not seen a single penny from the benefits in any way whatsoever. I know for a fact that when someone is chosen as a Representative Payee by the Social Security Administration that the person chosen is required to use the benefits to pay for the living costs of the minor child receiving the monthly check. My daughter lives with me and has lived with me since her father passed, so the thought of any other person/family member receiving her benefits but not giving her anything from those benefits is really beyond frustrating. It seems as though the Social Security office has went out of there way in making sure my daughter does not receive any of the benefits owed so far and if there’s someone else receiving those benefits on my or my daughter’s behalf, there should be some way to prove it. It’s only right that the child who’s owed the benefits actually receives them, and the law is brought in on the person committing the fraud against her and myself, her mother!

  158. What do I need to do (if anything) if in the past job of 10 years, my boss knowingly did not take social security out and instructed me to pay my own taxes?

  159. I am a victim of Fraud and Identity Theft. Right now, my Social Security / Disability has been shut down as of January and I will no longer receive benefits after March. I am also OWED back Cost of Living Adjustments (C.O.L.A.s) since at least 2007…I asked for an audit since 2005 and did not receive it. I have Fibromyalgia and Migraines as well as Depression/Anxiety with PTSD and I cannot work a 9-5 job with my illnesses. I find creative ways to work around my pain and INVEST in my creativity . I have had my copyrighted material stolen and my identity used as well as my social security number. The theives have produced my music as well as other works of Art and Design from my professional portfolio as well as Comedy I have performed in clubs, and produced, distributed it and gained earnings and profits and those earnings and profits were given to others and I have never been the beneficiary of any of those works produced involving my name since 1996, Linda Ophoenix.

  160. If the above statement was true,Project H.O.M.E would not exist.I have reported this to you before.There is 127 Google reviews showing how they treat us on who are disabity cliants.I have had it with them not paying me my weekly pay.I have had it with them keeping my unpaid and unspent funds that rollover to the next month,increasing in amount every month.Yet they refuse to acknowlage these funds exist.I believe they deliberitly do not pay my weekly’s on regular basis and refuse to respond to my need for my balance of funds to pay mounting medical issues..They are trying to kill me.So they can keep all of my money.

    • Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. One of our representatives should be able to provide your father with an explanation.
      If your father needs help managing his Social Security benefits, you may be interested in applying to become his representative payee. As a representative payee, you will be able to talk with us and have access to your father’s records.
      For more information, call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  161. If you took fraud seriously then you would look into Michael Edward Daly, 55 Buckingham Court. He owns three homes. about 4 vehicles, which one is used for Seal Coating. He has a trailer that he goes camping with. He also jets skies and you can find him at all the golf club golfing.
    What I want to know if your total disability how can you golf, bowl, Forgot to mention he is on a bowling league in Brick.
    I have fought to survive and to feed my kids but this scum bag get to live off the county..
    Do something, make it right…

  162. My sister and her boyfriend stealing my moms social security money. Please call matt 215 303 9578. I have the statements they spend at casino. Parx. Many yrs. Thousands. Need help to nail these criminals

    • Hello Matthew, we take allegations of fraud very seriously. If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of Social Security benefits, we encourage you to report it. We thank you for helping us fight fraud!

  163. Hello, I have a question I hope you can answer because I do not know what is going on. On Jan 12,2018 I went into the Pasadena Texas Social Security office and applied to be my on payee I am on social security retirement now and I spoke with my sister, daughter and my doctor and I asked them to let me take care of my own funds and they all agree that I should take care of my funds, I think I am well enough to handle my own money. Also my sister who has been my payee all this time has retired from her company and her and her husband want to take some vacation time off. So it has been over a month and I call the person who I went in and spoke with the first time I have called her 8 times and still No call back. Then I went into the office a second time after a month and a few days and I waited there for a couple of hours finally I talked to a lady at that time and she didn’t see any changes to my account and could not tell me anything either. . So I am asking what could be taking so long to change my current payee to me. I have brought a doctors note and I am under his care. I would appreciate if you could let me know the process for payee change. Because the lady I first applied with said it should only take about 3 weeks. It is Feb 25, way over the 3 weeks. Thank you so much..

    • We apologize for the delay, Judy. We have referred your complaint to our Operations staff to follow up and to take corrective action as necessary. We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  164. Is lying on your application saying that you don’t receive an income but yet you rent the up stairs part of your house out???????

  165. Someone tried to file for Social Security benefits in my name. I called the national office and reported this fraud weeks ago. This week, I still find out that the case was still open in the Fairless Hills PA SSA office. I was also told that this situation would be construed as a bad mark on MY records.

    Exactly what is OAFP doing to rectify this?

    • We apologize for any inconvenience, Frederic. We have referred your inquiry to our Operations staff to follow up and to take corrective action as necessary. We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  166. Someone other than myself has used my ss# for years while she was stealing my RETIREMENT plans help my phone ,COMPUTER and my life have been hacked by SOC.

  167. I have been paying in to social security for 20 years for the promise of services when or if I should need them. Now the government is saying they want to cut the services I’ve been paying for. If the government were a company that had promised service for my money, among others, this would be a class action suit for breach of contract. Where is the class action suit, and if there isn’t one, can I start one? Who do I talk to about getting this started?

  168. My private Social Security information and other private information has been compromised. It may well be that The Social Security Administration’s data banks have been hacked.

    I have reported this to the Social Security Administration as well as to the Federal Trade Commission. I have not gotten any meaningful help from either.

  169. Social security is best beneficiary for the people. It may uses various ways. so we should keep with them.

  170. When I was around 13 years old somebody messed up my social security card use it without my approval I found this out later when they start sending me bills for a lot of money that I do not know

  171. I need some info very quickly….My deceased brother was married to this woman for under 10yrs .and then she filed for divorce…now she made claims with her marriage certificate…and never informed social security that they were divorced back in 2012…my question is…is that even possible.? This is a federal case right there, and I would like that someone pls get back to me.

    • Even if they are divorced she can draw some social security for the 10 years she was with him. That’s why she took the marriage certificate to prove the were married and when. She can draw it as long as she doesn’t re marry. Then it will stop

  172. My mother screwed her kids out of social security checks from the death of my dad, when she kicked us out of the house still in high school and kept the as chrcks for herself while we struggled, were homeless and trying to finish high school. That was years ago but the affect it had in our lives was very negative. Now I’d like to know if I can put a lien on her house for stolen as checks and the hardship it caused on our lives. She’s a mean person was very abudive and horrible to her 4 kids and she won’t leave her house to us I’m sure. She would be in prison if she did to us today what she did to us then. It has had a very negative impact on our lives.

  173. I am finding that social security is committing fraud by its self. How can they tell you that you will receive so much money on social security and then later down the road say you owe them back over payment and start taking the money out with out a trial. Now the way I see it they okay it and they write the checks. Something here is not right and needs to be changed and people need to be fired and social security needs to take the fall for their mistakes. I am also talking about medical also. The Hospital has you sign papers and says everything will be okay and they will take care of everything . Now the rail road retirement work together and they are saying a friend of mine owes them

    $28000.00 BACK AND ARE TAKING IT OUT OF HIS PAY. Now again from what I understand the social security hands it over to the rail road and they approved it and the rail road said that my friend was double dipping when he wasn’t. They sent him the checks and he sent them to the hospital .From what I have notice this is getting worse. There needs to be changes made so that they can not come back on the people over their miss stakes. In fact there needs to be a lot of changes made to make social security pay for there own miss stakes . People depend on that money to survive and I find that who ever makes these rules need to pay also. UP SET AND PUT OUT ABOUT HOW NONE HUMAN THEY ARE . A friend of mine had to sale her jeep that was her husbands to keep from losing her home . All this is true !

  174. If the SSA does, in fact, take fraud seriously, why have they repeatedly ignored my requests to investigate my payee service? This company, over the past years, has never told me how much savings I have (I went to the SSA office, when, after over a year, they FLAT OUT refused to tell me. When they were forced to tell the SSA worker the amount, it was at least $1200 less than it should have been. First of all, they are REQUIRED to provide this information to me. I also returned to SSA with emails in which I tell them that there was an increase in my yearly income (SSDI Benefits) and tell them that I was never alerted by the Payee of the increase (the Payee receives all letters from SSA, this company has NEVER passed on any of this to me. This is mail fraud! I only knew I had an increase because my California Food Stamp benefits were reduce.

    My local San Diego SSA office won’t even agree to audit this company, (The Organizer, Carlsbad, CA). If the SSA is doing that, then they, too, are ignoring your organization’s rules for payee..Disclosure to the client, plus the payee is required at least once a year to provide a financial statement for the SSA. And, of course, I pay them to do things, like, managing my money; which includes financial numbers; my numbers. Please look into this. I am going to a new payee in a few weeks, who is aware of this company’s reputation. If they don’t return my Savings, this letter is proof for me that not only is the San Diego SSA office aware of my 3 complaints; but now the Federal level SSA is aware. One last note. I am an extremely intelligent person who worked for years. I spent three days in a psych. hospital for depression. In that time, the psychiatrist I only knew 3 days, without my knowledge, made The Organizer my payee. I was in charge of my own money. I wasn’t psychotic of severe in this hospital stay. And the fact that I wasn’t told by the doctor of this major change; I found out the next month when I didn’t get a check….well, this leads me to believe the doctor at Bayview Hospital is involved and receives something for giving patients to them, and leaving us, not only with any rights to be “innocent unless proven” incable of handling funds, and basic living tasks, too…I was not even given the choice of which PAYEE!!! Oh, also the police, twice, refused to even allow me to report all of this (“It’s between you and them,” they said, even though the attorney who advised me said that they are required to take the report..it’s a crime; fraud, mail theft, stealing…all crimes). Check out the comments at the BBB San Diego site. I’m not the only one they’re stealing from!!!

  175. Please note: I have just sent the above comment to the Office of the Inspector General for fraud allegations, possible bribery, and, definite mail fraud (theft of my mail from SSA..never received anything from SSA, all sent to them, never forwarded to me.

  176. I receive Social Security and at the time of approval I had a payee who’s name and current address is as follows:
    Tiffany Landers
    3045 Sturhie Road
    Sturkie, AR. 72578
    I have made several reports to both the Batesville Ar. office as well as the West Plains Mo office reporting that the payee list above took my back payment. To date: Nothing has been done and I continue to get the run around when I require concerning it.
    PLEASE help me as I need my money.

  177. Hi, this is Angela Oxford
    I was wondering how I can report my mom for not giving me my daughters SSI ? i have asked her nicely,but she refuses and shes refusing my social worker too.

  178. Either dshs ss i or Medicare took money and are using about it I have more than I need for proof can’t find lawyer… Their yelling at me just for saying my name now bc they know their busted contact asap… I did everything I need to but lawyer and fed investigation

  179. I know someone that is the representative payee for their child’s SSI check. This person receives the check even when the child is with the other parent for a little over 2 months out of the year per their divorce decree. How can this be legal? The child’s other parent often asks for some of the money to be able to help while the child is in their care and the representative payee says no. The monies are obviously not being used for the child’s needs during those months. Is there something the other parent can do about this?

  180. My husband Allen Lloyd Deacon died May 31, 2003.
    His Mother filed for his Social Security but said he had No Living Spouse or children!
    Our daughter received his belongings including the paperwork regarding Allens social security benefits paid to his mother, Bonnie Janine Deacon!
    His Death certificate even shows spouse Unknown and no living children!
    We never divorced! And we had 1 daughter together!
    Please let me know if something can be done about
    this! I did not remarry until 2006, June 6
    Thank you

  181. My brother’s wife (now ex-wife) used his SSN to obtain a payday loan. She obtained the loan via internet/phone, but did it without his permission. He can file a police report, but is there anything else he can do? He has already contacted the payday loan company and they didn’t seem to be concerned with the fraud.

  182. My Mother and Father were scammed last month and they stole my Fathers ssi benefit. It was tagged by the ssi office, but they changed direct deposit anyway. They are not doing well and I dont know what else to do. we filed a police report, and they set up some credit score accounts. Any help would be so appreciated .
    Sincerely Donna Chambers

    • Please let me know how you are handling this , my mother is a victim of fraud as well and we are trying to get her direct deposit taken off and a paper check sent to her , she doesn’t want to deal with banks any longer , we are looking for some answers and hope in this situation .

      • Hi Kriss. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please contact your local office. If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

  183. Hello. I want to ask a question. My husband is on disability 100% due to 2 neck surgery. He is a licensed barber and cuts sometimes. He can work if he wanted to part time but he don’t want to. He’s always going to clubs and party’s and dances at all of them. He is a big social person. Loves to dress up wear suits all day and goes visiting and plays corn hole and ext. we just started a divorce process and he wants maintenance fee because he claims he’s disabled yet he travels out of town and hits all the dances. Many many many we went to. And posts on FB. As we did for years and years. Can a judge look at all the social media stuff and pics of how he just chooses not to work when he can do more than just nothing. He does all the yard work and etc. please help me on what to do.

  184. Hello. I want to ask a question. My husband is on disability 100% due to 2 neck surgery. He is a licensed barber and cuts sometimes. He can work if he wanted to part time but he don’t want to. He’s always going to clubs and party’s and dances at all of them. He is a big social person. Loves to dress up wear suits all day and goes visiting and plays corn hole and ext. we just started a divorce process and he wants maintenance fee because he claims he’s disabled yet he travels out of town and hits all the dances. Many many many we went to. And posts on FB. As we did for years and years. Can a judge look at all the social media stuff and pics of how he just chooses not to work when he can do more than just nothing. He does all the yard work and etc. please help me on what to do.

  185. My son was just denied disability again,they said he did not respond in required time. We went to a hearing in April of 2017, he was denied when judge stated there was no mention of his being on home oxygen , so we sent in paper work within a month, they said they never received it. We went to the SS office and took the paper work again, the worker did not give us a stamped receipt stating she received. We waited the required time of at least 90 days, then we called and again they said they never received. Again we sent in another request for an appeal and more paper work, again they said they did not receive it. Finally we got the name of Sally Duran and she said to fax the paper work to her and she would get it to the right person. Today May 29,2018 my son received a letter of denial because he did not request for appeal in time. Now they say he can appeal again but they will start date as March of 2018. So basically they want to not pay him for the last 3yrs since he originally applied. Who can we contact to get help.

    • Hi, Dora. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Your son can contact his local Social Security office directly to discuss his situation. If he is unable to visit the local office, he can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, he will have a shorter wait time if he calls later in the day. We hope this is resolved soon.

  186. I worked 10 extra years under Social Security. When the time came to retire, I was told that because I had a pension, I would have 2/3 of my Social Security payment taken from me. This happened during the Reagan era. It is the Windfall Elimination Provision. I worked fair and square for that money. I was not going to get much, but it is not fair to only give me 1/3 of what I am supposed to get.

  187. My dad appplied for social security in my name without me knowing and keeps money to himself is this legal

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  189. My elderly mother gets social security , she gets her social security as direct deposit , is it possible to get a paper check going forward as her bank account is so upside down and she has no other type of income . All back activity is in claims process but they will keep her money until case is reviewed . HELP !! I will take her to local office today , just wanted to get a head start on what we will need to get her check mailed .

    • Thank you for contacting us, Kriss. The Treasury Department requires federal benefit payments to be made electronically. The Treasury Department published a final rule in December 2010 to gradually phase out paper checks for federal benefit payments. As of March 1, 2013, if you receive or are applying for these federal benefits, you are required by law to receive payments through direct deposit to your bank or credit union account or to a Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card.
      Exceptions will be granted in rare circumstances.
      Our representatives will be able to provide more information if needed.

  190. Why am I having to pay$4,443.97 when I was in prison and I wrote and told social security to stop my checks but did not and my ex and several others stoled my card and spent that money…social security and DirectExpress are doing nothing. I’ve filled out reports for fraud and witnesses have made statements but neither social security or DirectExpress are doing nothing to press charges against them but making me pay what they have stolen every month I struggle even harder and my check keeps getting lower.

  191. i received a call that my ss had been compromised i tried to call back 3 times with my name and phone number. no returned calls. then an officer called and said my ss had been uspended

    • Hello Wanda, SSA employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. An SSA employees may call you in limited situations, such as if you recently filed a claim or have other Social Security business that are pending. In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen to confirm personal information over the phone. If a person has questions about any communication—email, letter, text or phone call—that claims to be from SSA, please contact your local Social Security office, or call Social Security’s toll-free customer service number at 1-800-772-1213, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to verify its legitimacy (TTY number at 1-800-325-0778). Thanks.

  192. I was very bud accident Date 5/14/2004 after that I apply for Disability Retirement SSI by the attorney than the Law
    passed I Retired until now 11 yrs now I Received a letter –
    From Social Security Determined my Benefits I Do not understand why the are broking the Disability Law my age
    is Soon 65 they are true me down like Fraud need help

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  194. Someone has fraudulently gotten my social security number.name, address and email and has opened up a new charge card in my name It is now an account on alert
    What do I do about my number being used by someone other than me?

  195. Hi! Upon my return from vacations , another passenger took my suitcase my mistake. I had my SSN card in my suitcase; hence, it got exposed to another person. I called multiple times the SS Administration and did not get a response. How can I report to the SSA the exposure of my SSN card to a stranger in Arizona.
    Thank you!

  196. Someone has my social security number. Im getting notices from the federal government they are filing fraud cases on me. Can i ever get a new number as od January 1st 2019 i will be eligablw for benniffets.

  197. SSA certainly does NOT take employee fraud, corruption or mismanagement seriously. Despite numerous reports to the SSA Inspector General’s office detailing persistent and pervasive fraud and corruption in a local SSA office that office continues unchecked in its reprehensible conduct.

  198. Someone took 850 dollars off my direct express card at 128am this morning, without my permission. I need you to search to see were my money went. Please

  199. I have already applied for Social Security Retirement Benefits! It starts Sept. 12, 2018. I would like to know if the date can be moved up? Jesus Flores P.S. I was in Office on April 6th and was told that I could do this! My Birth Date is July 6th.

  200. I think I have been targeted by impostors.
    They called me from 916-226-4913 to say my SS# has been compromised.I didn’t give them any info.
    I tried calling Soc Sec but the wait time was 40 minutes to talk t someone.

    very disturbing.

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  202. We have a trust along with dozens of others. The trust manager has distributed all the social security numbers of all stockholders in the trust to all stock holders. We are concerned about identity theft. We don’t know these stockholders. Is what he did legal and what can we do about this. Klouder223@aol.com

    • Hello Kenneth. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog.
      You can speak to one of our agents at your local office. If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks!

  203. I try to open a bank account today July 13, 2018. The bank would not take my information because they said my Social Security number showed up as fraud? I need to find out what is going on. I try another bank and the same thing.
    Need some help on this
    Thanks
    Frank.

    • Hello Frank. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Or you can contact your local Social Security office directly.
      Thanks.

  204. I do not know a lot of people on ssdi,but the ones I do know receiving or applying for it are fraudulent.This seems out of control.My hard earned tax dollars going into their pocket!Just following these people around for a day would show these people as able to work as I am

  205. ssa, YOU’RE A JOKE. Welfare to work, lazy pieces of human waste. You’re whole system is worthless. No wonder so many people are taking advantage of it and stealing hard working tax payor’s money. People just don’t give a flying shit anymore. You’re supposed to be protecting and serving the citizens of the USA. But all you do is sit on your desk and pass the file to the next lazy obese person, and so the circle continues. Shame.

  206. my step father died an brazil and hes family never reporter to usa the hes dead
    hes died an 2016 and the union the hes with works still send hem letter to my address.
    i take hes family still collect something

    • Thank you for using our blog to contact us, Edilaine. Social Security should be notified as soon as possible when a person in your family dies. If the deceased was receiving Social Security benefits, his or her payments, received for the month of death and any later months, must be returned.
      Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. We ask for your patience during busy periods since you may experience a higher than usual rate of busy signals and longer hold times to speak to us.
      Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week.
      You can also visit your local Social Security office. An appointment is not required, but if you call ahead and schedule one, it may reduce the time you spend waiting to speak to someone.

  207. I watch my neighbor doing more in a day then I do. When he first moved there he had wheel chairs,oxygen tanks,crutches and canes. Now he can walk,roll around on the ground mow his lawn load his lawn mower in his pickup. I never see him have assistance from any of the above. But my question is how am I supposed to believe that he disabled?I am 75 years old and still required to pay income tax property tax and all other taxes. He brags that he has better insurance (hospitalization)than I do,and doesn’t have to pay any taxes. But I hope you will give me an answer on how I actually he deserving of benefits. I know you won’t. I have yet to think that there has never been a government program that has not been abused.Is there any follow ups on how the recipients are progressing?

    • Thank you for contacting us, Dennis. Current law requires that we review disability cases periodically to see if individuals are still disabled. How often we review each case depends on whether the medical condition is expected to improve. Visit our Disability Planner: Reviewing Your Disability for more information.
      There are provisions that allow people receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and continue to receive disability benefits. However, if you suspect Social Security FRAUD, we ask that you report it. Thanks!

  208. i lost my i.d. and all my info im afraid of loosing my benifits and my information due to fraud i need to know what i can do to protect myself from anything happening to my info and my benifits.

    • ive been paralyzed for 10 yrs i suffer from ptsd depression and anxiety insomnia i have numerous medical conditions and i feel like nobody is helping ive been to programs rehabilitation facilities and numerous councelors and situations and none of my needs are being met im still having day to day complications and i feel like nobody is helping

  209. I was receiving SSI benefits based on my fathers disability. I chose my grandmother to be my payee after my previous payee(mother), went to jail in 2011. I lived with my grandmother from July of 2011 – Oct of 2012. From Oct of 2012 up to current date; I have NOT been in the care of my grandmother(payee), however she was still collecting my SSI payments. I did not keep in contact with her from Oct 2012 to current date due to safety reasons. My ‘benefit statement’ shows that my benefits were stopped in July of 2016 when I turned 18.So I called SSA to get copies of my 1099’s for each year that I was no longer under her care and totaled up roughly $27,500 of benefits that were NEVER allocated and/or spent on things in relations to my essentials (clothes, medical bills, utilities for the house I was actually staying at, food etc) I’ve reported this to OIG 15 days ago.

    My questions are:
    1) Is it legal for a payee rep to collect SSI payments for a beneficiary who’s no longer under her care?
    2) If my payee did the right thing and notified SSA that I wasn’t living with her any longer; would that have effected my payments of stopped them?
    3) If OIG determines foul play and goes to recover the funds; will I then get the funds that were fraudulently used?
    4) Will this effect me in the future should I ever need any type of benefits from SSA?

    I have an appointment tomorrow but can’t get my mind off of this and just nee general reassurance. Thanks!

  210. I firmly believe that someone should be ABSOLUTELY PUNISHED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW if they are caught or just doing it at all using and wrecking someone else’s GOOD NAME all because the have chosen to screw the one that “they ” we’re already given and screwed up. I I ALSO BELIEVE THAT NO ONE ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH has the right to take someone else’s life and turn it upside down when all that the person has done wrong was WORK EVERY DAY OF THEIR LIFE JUST TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE FINER THINGA THAT ONLY “THEY” ARE ENTITLED TO. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO go around stealing someone else’s image and THEREFORE DAMAGING THE PERSONS CREDIBILITY WHICH IN TURN then screws up their family, the way that their family depends on that person to keep their good name intact in order to survive in the world. I believe that IDENTITY THEFT AND ANY KIND OF HUMAN IMPERSONATION WHERE YOU ARE ASSUMING THE LEGAL NAME OF ANOTHER PERSON IS A WAY OF TEARING SOMEONE ELSE DOWN , IS A DISRESPECTFUL, NEGLOGANT WAY OF INFLICTING A FORM OF BODILY INJURY on someone else’s safety while also damniging and causing mental anguish because you aren’t only screwing up their image but their frame of mind your stealing precious moments of time in their life to have to try to find the easiest possible ways to fix the MOST SIGNIFICANT PARTS OF THER LIFE, NOT TO MENTION WRACKING UP LOTS OF DEBT IF WHAT THEIR USING THEIR STOLEN IDENTITIES FOR YOU ARE STEALING ONE OPTION TO BE AT PEACE IN THEIR MINDS REEKING HAVOC IN WAYS THAT BY LAW ARE A PERSONS GIVEN RIGHT TO PREVENT THIS KIND OF SHIT FROM HAPPENING, WHEN THEY SHOULD JUST SUCK IT UP AN FIX THEIR OWN SHIT. AND THE MOST DAMAGING I BELIEVE IS TAKING SOMEONES CREDIBILITY AWAY FROM THEM IT CAN BE HAZARDOUS IN SO MANY WAYS TO ONE S HEALTH WHEN THEY CAN NO LONGER GO ANYWHERE AND BE TAKEN AT THEIR WORD. NO ONE DESERVES NOT TO BE BELIEVED WHEN SAYING SOMETHING BECAUSE THATS REALLY THE ONLY THING THAT ANYONE REALLY HAS AND WITHOUT THAT YOU DONT HAVE MANY OPTIONẞ, AND WHO THE HELL HAS THE RIGHTT TO SCREW UP THEIR OWN CRAP AND BECAUSE THEY WERE SO IRRESPONSABLE BECAUSE THEY DIDNT HAVE THE SMARTA TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES OR WERE JUST SMART ENOUGH TO LET SOME LOSER LEAD THEM AROUND BY THEIR TAIL , SHOULD THEY BE ALLOWED TO TAKE EVERYTHIBG THAT SOMEONE ELSE DID THE VERY OOOOSITE OF AND EARNED EVERY DIME EVERY REWARD EVERY BREATH THAT THEY TOOK TO GET WHAT THEY HAVE TODAY , AWAY FROM THEM THAT GOES FOR SOCIAL SECURITY WHICH IS THE WAY THWY WILL LIVE WHEN THEY CAN NO LONGER TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES A FINANCIAL WAY TO ENSURE THEY WONT BE STARVING TWENTY YRS FROM NOW, IT GOES FOR ALL THE PEOPLE THAT THEYVE COME TO KNOW IN THEIR LIFE THAT WILL HAVE TO BELIEVE IN EVERYTHING THAT THEY SAY WITH THE ASSURANCE THAT WHEN IF THEY ARE IN NEED OF ANYTHING THAT THEY WILL HAVE THOSE POEOPLE THAT THEY CAN TRUST AND THAT HAVE ENTRUSTED IN THEM IT GOES FOR BEING ABOE TO HOLD YOUR HEAD UP WHEREVER THEY GO WITH THE CONFIDENCE THAT IT TAKES TO BE able to go out into the Public and into the rest of the world with their dignity self respect and the feeling of that they earned the right to take up the space they occupy in the street in their home on the street in the space that their home takes up in the world they SHOULD BE THE ONLY ONE THAT GOES BY THEIR NAME THEY SHOULD BE THE ONLY ONE THAT DESERVES THE THINGS THAT THEY ACCUMULATE ON THE WAY INTO THE REST OF THEIR LIVES , AND I BELIEVE THAT ANYONE WHO TAKES THE RIGHTS FROM ANYONE ELSE FROM JUST BEING ABLE TO WALK INTO A STORE AND GET THE THINGS THEY NEED IN ORDER TO LIVE A COMFORTABLE LIFE AND ANYONE THAT TAKES THE RIGHT OF SOMEONE WHO MAY BE IN ANY HARMFUL DANGER THAT COULD COST THEM THEIR OWN LIFE AND THE LIVES OF ANYONE THAT THEY LOVE BY ASKING FOR HELP FROM ANYONE, AND THEN EITHER BEING DENIED OR QUESTIONED ABOUT THE TRUTH NESS TO THEIR SITUATION OR SITUATION THEY HAPPEN TO BECOME APART OF JUST BY EVER HAVING BEING SECOND GUESSED OR WHETHER OR NOT HEY SHOULD BE TAKEN AT FACE VALUE IS THE MOST UNDENIABLY DISGUSTING THING YOU COULD DO TO ANOTHER HUMAN BEING TO TAKE AWAY SOMEONES PRIDE OR FEELING OF JOY OR SENSE OF SAFTEY OR THEIR RIGHT TO EVER RELAX IS JUST BY FAR THE MOST UNDERHANDED LOW DOWN BENEATH SEA LEVEL OF A KIND OF PERSON TO BE. I DONT THINK THAT EVEN HAVE A WORD FOR THAT LOW LEVEL CALIBUR OF KIND OF WAY OF BEING, YOU MIGHT AS WELL JUST MURDER THEM, WHATS THE DIFFERENCE , TO LEAVE SOMEONE HELPLESS, HOPELESS, AND TIRED ARTER ALL THE HARD WORK THAT THEY DID JUST TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM THEM IS INEXCUSABLE. I BELIEVE AND EYE FOR ANY EYE HOWEVER THEY TAKE IT FROM SOMEONE ELSE IS HOW THEY OUGHT HAVE IT TAKEN EXACTLY AWAY FROM THEM. EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN RIGHTS AND NOBODY SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE THEM AWAY FROM ANYBODY ELSE. I SAY THROW THE BOOK AND EVERYTHING ELSE AT THE CROOKED SONS OF BITCHES THAT DO IT AND PUNISH THEM TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, MAKE THEM PAY FOR EVERYTHING THAT IT COST THE ONES THEY TOOK IT FROM JUST TO GET IT BACK. BE CICIL , BE RESPECTFUL AND TREAT EVERYONE THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED YOURSELF AND TRY NIT TO HURT ANYONE IF ITS POSSIBLE BECAUSE WHO WANTS TO TAKE THE SPARKLE AND HOPE FROM ANYONE, IF THERES ANYTHING TO YOU THAT IS. SORRY FOR THE LONG COMMENT BUT IM GOING THROUGH THIS CRAP WITH MY SO CALLED BOYFRIEND TAJING OTHER CHICKS TO HOTEL ROOMS WHEN HE NEVER TOOK ME AND USING MY NAME TO ADD ANOTHER WORLD OF HURT TO ADD TO THE 6YRS OF DOUNLE LIFE WORLD IF HURT , HES USING MY NAME IN THE NAME OF FRAUD MAKING MORE OF AN ASS OUT OF ME AND ALL CUZ I BELIEVED IN HIM WHAT A JOKE HUH, well to hell with him I KNOW WHEERE IT IS AND WHAT IM DOING IM ACCOUNTED FOR AND IM WHERE IM SAYING THAT IM ATHE HOWEVER HAS THE MEANS TO PAY TO MAKE HIM LOOOK AS THOUGH HES NOT GUILTY AND HES DOE AND SCREWED ME SO MUCH ITS PAST A JOKE 5YRS AGO, HES CHARGING HOTEL ROOMS BY A FRAUDELENT CREDIT CARD IN MY NAME OR UNDER MY NAME WITH NO GIVEN PERMISSION HE HAS ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT OR GO AHEAD FROM ME ITS DONE ALL ILLEGALLY AND AGAINST MY WISHES, SO THIS IS WHY AND YOU HAVE NO IDEA TO THE LENGTH OG THIS DUDES CROOKEDNESS BUT HE S CAUSING ME ALL THE GRIEF THAT I SAID I WAS AGAINST CAUSING SOMEONE ELSE, AND NOW IM IN NEED OF HELP TO CALL HIM ON HIS CROOKED SHIT IN ORDER TO SAVE MY NAME , PLEASE HELEP ME.IF THERES ANYTHING I XAN DO TO HELP U OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW I AM ALREADY THERE I WAS THERE AT ATTENTION YESTERDAY. SINCERELY, MELISSA CARROLL COCHRANE FROM SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 95820 AND MY PH# IS (530) 9886692. PLEASE IF YOU XAN HELP ME OR I CAN DO SOMETHING FOR YOU, ANYTIME DAY ORNIGHT ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT JUST CALL THAT PH.# I LEFT ABOVE. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR LISTENING, OR READING ,AND I THANK U FOR YOUR TIME ALWAYS,. I RAISE MY HAND AND AM THANKFUL TO BE AN AMERICAN AND IM THANKFUL THAT YOU GUYS WILL DO YOUR BEST AT EVERYTHING YOU SET OUT TO DO IN LIFE AND THAT YOULL DO RIGHT BY THOSE CLOSEST TO YOU AND IN THE WAY OF OTHERS. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING YOU SOCIAL SECURITY PEOPLE. YOUR TERRIFIC🍀🎆🎇🎉 AND GO BREAST CANCER AWARENESS GROUPS 🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️!!!!

  211. If I suspect someone of having my personal information and contacting Social Security pretending to be me, what steps do i take to make my benefits safe?

    • Hello Michael. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you at this time.
      You will need to speak to one of our representatives. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Or contact your local office directly. Thanks!

  212. My son had his Identity stolen, his social security number and name has been used to open some accounts and DID Eventually was able to. The Panama city police department has been trying to take of it all. My son has 9 different Inquiries only is credit report from Donald Karl Pape Jr. he is the one that stole my sons identity . Can my son John Dalton Hutchinson 3/1/99 receive another social security number. Thank you

    • Hi there. For your security, we do not have access to your son’s overpayment information in this venue. Our Overpayments factsheet offers information on options for repaying as well as appeal and waiver rights. For further assistance, please call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives are available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday or contact your local Social Security office.

  213. I was diagnosed with ADHD and then Bi-polar. I was given SSID benefits. I was then diagnose with ulcers, and I had to have a procedure done with a tube put down my throat. They called it leaky gut syndrome. Once that was finished, I stopped taking medIcine and felt fine. I have not had to see a psychiatrist since then. A couple weeks back I volunteered for the Pink Patch Project, and had to pay for a blu-light laser cancer screen. They found a oral mucocele. Its a ball in my throat, like a tumor, that makes it hard to eat and breathe. They are requesting that I pay out of pocket to have it surgically removed because my insurance does not cover this surgery. I told my primary doctor, and he had me sent in a grievance form to my insurance; Health Net.

  214. I recieved a phone call from 2403823820 saying they were the social security office and that i needed to call them back. To keep my social security number because it was suspected to have been used in illeagal activities.

  215. I recieved a phone call from (240)382-3820 pretending to be the ssa office. Saying that i need to call them back to save my ssa number because it is suspected to be involved in illegal activities.

  216. I have a payee that I took off my account and scoicail security and my payee was not fair about my money there is something wrong with his story he told me that scoicail security needed more information on my job history and I just got through paying 6000 dollars to social security and he came back at me with the same story he has 2000 dollars of mine plus 411 dollars that he has not paid back yet therss something going own with Robert Skinner and socail security I want at least my 2411 back that he owes me and another problem I have is that scoicail security said I could make 1150 a month and I work for Jimmy John’s I never made that much money own my checks to have them cut me off I can make as much tips as I want it says it in the scoial security hand book there including my tips along with my pay check

    • Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

    • Thank you for your question, Robert. We will suspend an individual’s Social Security benefits if they’re confined to a jail, prison or other penal institution for more than 30 continuous days due to a criminal conviction. Although they can’t get monthly Social Security benefits while they’re confined, we will continue to pay benefits to their dependent spouse or children as long as they remain eligible.
      Please visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page for more information on this topic, or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or contact your local Social Security office directly. Thanks!

  217. I AM AN EMPLOYER OF FOUR SEASONS ROOFING. I AM TRYING TO MAKE SURE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS THAT ARE GIVEN AT TIME OF HIRE ARE INDEED TRUE AND CORRECT.

  218. I didn’t get my social security monthly benefits for Oct 2018 Nellie Padilla direct deposit born 4/5/1952

    • Hello Nellie. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation.
      Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks!

  219. I reported abusive loss of my SSDI, paid to an awful fake inpatient “rehab” program that I could have taught better. I complained more than five times to Social Security yet they never, ever investigated. 38 months of my SSDI were fraudulently paid to an absolutely horrible, fake therapeutic program which I spent every day correcting idiotic mistakes made by employees who literally knew nothing. This inpatient “rehab” program is a scam, a cheat, horrible review of what I learned in elementary school! So why was I literally locked up there for 38 months?? I truly walked out of that fake hospital stupider than I was the day I got there! I reported this scam at least five times. Why does Social Security Administration never investigate reports of fraud, theft, abuse, imprisonment, wasting my money when I would have spent that money on vocational training to enable me to return to work??

  220. Ok so say if one in ur family is on ssi and he’s ur uncule and u are not on ssi at that very time and as of being on ssi as of now ssi comets an idenety theft in an fraudul way and u almost lose ur life for what they try saying about ur uncul on ssi they try to pretty much say my belongings are hit and my life but its not tru about the reson and evrytime they step in it causes identify theft over and over again like a broken record and this is no joke I got even hit with lightning don’t no if it were them for the same per pose or what is going on any way ur help would be very helpful thanks and it kinda hard to explain

  221. I m writting because I have no transportation to come in the office and I have been getting calls saying I’m under a Frud investigation.. I need someone to call me ASAP to solve this issue…. My number is 434-425-3721

    • Hello Karrie, Social Security Administration (SSA) employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. An SSA employee may call you in limited situations, such as if you recently filed a claim or have other Social Security business that are pending. In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen to confirm personal information over the phone.
      If a person receives a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA, citizens may report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report. Thanks!

  222. My daughter’s social security money was stolen by someone who hacked our account and I’ve reported it to the fraud department and they told me 90 days before we would get that money back! I’m furious! Why do we have to wait 90 days because of theives?? It’s ridiculous! And to top it off the money was taken from three states away at 1am!

  223. I have received several calls regarding suspicious activity of my social security number. The message tells me to contact a phone number to avoid cancellation of my social security card. One of the numbers leaving a message is 843-306-4804 when trying to call the number back. I get a busy signal.

    • Hello John. Social Security Administration (SSA) employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. An SSA employee may call you in limited situations, such as if you recently filed a claim or have other Social Security business that are pending. In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen to confirm personal information over the phone.
      If a person has questions about any communication—email, letter, text or phone call—that claims to be from SSA or the OIG, please report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report. Thanks!

  224. If a mother is the payee for her child and receives a check for the child and then the child turns 18 and the parent goes online and applies for benefits after the child turns 18 and informs SSI that the child is mentally incapable of making decisions but now the child is now receiving letters that his tax money will be taken. What steps does he need to take to get this situation investigated? Thank you in advance!

    • Thank you for contacting us, Kim. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you.

      To inquire about benefit continuation at age 18, you will need to contact your local office or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  225. I have spent the better part of the morning trying to report a potential telephone scam by someone impersonating the social security office. The number on the caller id is 210-742-5706. They said there was a legal issue with my social security number and I was to call a number they gave me.

  226. I caught a Chiropractor and supposedly a friend in Medicare fraud. A Doctor had me over medicated and one day I was working for a Surgeons wife cleaning house, she talked me in too calling Social Security and I told all of my information in front of her. I didn’t realize the consequences it’s a big mess. I’ve had my driver’s license, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, Medicare card, Deed too my house, they made me lose my car, they hit my bank account, and stole my payment books out of my house, so I lost my car, the bank wouldn’t work with me at all. I’ve got proof of the payment I took a picture of it then after I told them I had the confirmation number then they told me I didn’t have insurance but I did they come and repossest my car December 26, 2017, I had insurance till January 2017. Please help me. I’m overwhelmed because theyve broke my fingers, knuckle, and I told the Surgeons wife I couldn’t clean with my left hand because I am spastic with it. She’s had my right messed up so bad I can’t hardly use it. I’m just about too give up… Cindy Russell Oh I had someone steal 4 checks when my brother was over my money he knew the checks went through but a supposedly friend took the checks one was to CDL Electric $6,750.00, one for $575.00, one was for $483.00 2 loan places, one was to SEK they sold cars and worked on them also. I caught my brother where I was paying $800.00 every 3 months on on house and car Insurance he was the President in Topeka, Ks. Of the same Insurance Company. I also caught my sister when I worked at Westar Energy for 151/2 years for them she collected $500 and some thousand from where I got hurt on the job, she also had acess too my Birth Certificate, my badge number, my dad was good friends with my boss . There is even more. They keep breaking in my house, theyve stole my clothes, jewelry, food, among other things, and theyve even sabatodged my house so I can’t sell it. Please help me, SIR. Thank you for your time.

  227. at 8:20 AM Nov 14 I received a phone call from officer maria Gomez of social security administration who told me my social security number has been suspended and that I should call 281-968-2076. I received this call twice so far.

  228. I made a mistake.But my whole social security check shouldn’t be taken for 18yrs.The judge ordered I t to be paid. No payment plan.part of that payment.I received was for my minor children.If I wasn’t entitled to it under mine.They were entitled to it under my husband ‘.When he became disabled.Social security didn’t switch them .Over .I remembered .Social security office in Torrance ca . Stating they will let it stay on mine.I’ve asked your office of social security.How I appeal the decision

  229. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO BE REMOVED AS REP PAYEE THE INDIVIDUAL THINKS I AM NOT DOING WHAT HE WANTS? HE THINKS AFTER HIS BILLS HE SHOULD GET ALL UP FRONT. HOW DO I PROTECT MY SELF FROM HIM SAYING IM NOT GIVING HIM HIS MONEY OR I AM TAKING IT FROM HIM BECAUSE I WONT RELEASE FUNDS TO HIM AND LET HIM PAY HIS OWN STUFF.

    • Hi Amanda, thank you for contacting us. Your main duty is to make sure the current needs of the beneficiary are met. Once you have met these needs, he or she has a right to some discretionary spending money, even if you do not approve of all of his or her choices. With drug or alcohol abuse, you may want to give him or her only small amounts of spending money. Or you can buy food, rather than giving him or her cash for food. If you think he or she is spending money on illegal or dangerous items and activities, you should seek help from a social service agency. You can ask for guidance from your local Social Security office or by calling us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. business days.

  230. Roy lee rhoades 3 23 1972 to robberd me of 2500 dollars i have a dc report from the police he also borrow money of his ssi check from the cash checking place he go to he promise to pay me back have not recieve it yet

  231. I think I am being scammed and my SSI Check was stolen by someone unknown since Sept. 2017. I also think someone fraudulent has been doing redeterminations on me every two years. Because the Social Security Administration never sent out any letters to me. How do I get to the bottom of this? I think someone is trying to steal my SSDI too!

  232. I believe I was scammed today, 12/5/18 at about 11:45 CST by a medical device provider. I am in process of changing Medicare Supplement providers and was expecting a call from someone following up on my application, so I became gullible. I gave e them my medicare number like an idiot and they are to send me a knee brace and probably bill my medicare account. I reported the event to medicare and they have a note on my account. I believe the best thing is to reissue a new medicare number for myself and block the old number so the medical device company can not be paid. I understand the office is closed today because of ex-President George H W Bush’s funeral, but I thought leaving this note might allow someone to jump on it first thing Thursday, 12/6/18 to avoid a charge. My cell is 630-624-3182. The company identified itself as “United Health Solutions”. Please call me tomorrow.

    • Just a reminder – We do not have access to personal information, therefore, we do not provide direct assistance in this venue. In your situation, you need to contact Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Thanks!

  233. I need someone to call me related to a call I received from SS last week regarding suspicious activity on my account. I have tried over and over to get a person to talk too. Can you call me back today? 805-801-2234

  234. My girlfriend’s grandmother used my girlfriends entire (and final) SS check (my GF was graduating and almost 18) in March of 2016. $2,400 check that the grandmother actually wired to one of her “foreign boyfriends Soon after depositing the $2,400 check into her own personal bank account. Just like she had been for every other check of my GF’s.
    My GF was adopted by the grandma & lived under the grandmother’s roof, but was also kicked out before turning 18.

    Was this a fraudulent act?
    All my gf did was sign the check, then the grandma took it and my gf NEVER saw a cent of that money. (Except through bills, sometimes food, etc)
    There is bank records, wire transfer records, and phone records on this event.
    Was the law broken or was this perfectly legal?

    • Hi Zachary. It sounds like the grandmother was the representative payee. A representative payee must use the benefits to pay for the beneficiary’s needs and solely for that purpose. If your girlfriend thinks that her grandmother, as her representative payee, misused her benefits, she should report it immediately. We will investigate all allegations of misuse, gather facts and evidence, and make a decision on whether misuse has occurred. She will receive a letter from Social Security telling her what we found. If we find misuse, we will then take action to recover any misused money. To report misuse of benefits, she needs to call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives or contact her local office.

  235. We are receiving phone calls from 909-962-1615
    Saying there has been fraud on our social security number and we will be arrested if we don’t contact this number back
    We’re not dumb enough to reply but how about going after these people and stop them!!

  236. There is a man i know that faked injuries and faked a mental disability to get social security. I think it’s wrong because hes able to have a job and he’s taking money from people who actually need it.

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