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Social Security Fraud – Social Security Scam

Many of us don’t think that we would ever fall for a social security fraud but it happens all the time. Many people don’t even know that they have been taken by a scammer until it is too late. You can protect yourself from being scammed by knowing some of the more common social security scams that are out there and just waiting for a new victim to come along. Educate yourself about how the social security system works. When you do this you will be less likely to fall for the scammer’s tactics.

Social Security Fraud to be Weary Of

One of the most common social security scams involves someone receiving a letter in the mail stating that someone in the home needs a new social security card. The letter says that all that needs to be done is to fill out a form and send in a filing fee. The person in the house will assume that the letter is legit because it often has official looking letterhead and the wording is all very persuasive. The result is that the person will send payment or send in credit card information. In some cases the individual doing the scamming will just take the money and in other cases the information that is provided via the filing form will actually be stolen and used to open credit card accounts.

Another one of the more common social security frauds is one that tells a recipient of checks that they are eligible to receive an addition check. To get the check there is just a one time filing fee and you need to fill out and return a form. The person who receives the letter will often do just that, and the information and the money will fall into the hands of a scammer. Many times the scammer just wants the filing fee, but in other instances the information sought on the filing form will actually be used to clean out bank accounts, open credit card accounts, and generally just ruin the person’s credit through fraudulent activity.

In another of the more recent social security scams a lot of people were called and told that they were being contacted by the social security administration because they were required to get a new social security card. They were told that there was a one time fee for this and that all they needed was their social security number and a bank account number or a credit card number. Many trusting consumers actually believed that the social security administration was requiring them to get a new card and they handed over all of their personal information to the scammers. Do not fall for this scam as it will only lead to heart break and headaches. If you do fall for the scam than you should immediately call your bank and credit card companies and have them freeze the accounts.

There are many social security scams in which tax preparers take advantage of those who collect social security. The preparer will tell the individual that they need three years worth of statements to prepare their tax documents. With this information they will create a faulty return that will allow them to collect a refund for the individual that is higher than it should be. The preparer will take a portion of the refund as payment, and then they’ll often disappear. When the IRS realizes what has happened the person on social security has to pay the money back in addition to any fines and interest, despite the fact that they did not prepare the taxes.

It is also a scam to collect the social security checks of another individual. Many people fail to report to the social security administration that their loved one has passed away. Instead, they continue to collect on the person’s social security income for months until the government realizes that the person is deceased. If you or someone that you know has justified accepting and cashing these checks, you need to stop and notify the social security administration. The only person authorized to receive and permit the cashing of those checks is the person to whom they are issued. If they are deceased the checks in their names should not be cashed.

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6 Responses to “Social Security Fraud – Social Security Scam”

  1. 1
    P. Beer Says:

    I have just been informed that the woman who is taking care of my mother here in Minnesota, is guilty of social security fraud she allegedly committed in California. Is it possable to find out if this is true. If so, how?
    I was told she lied to social security and ssi about her household income and neglected to tell them her husband was living with her.
    I was told she has to repay about $15,000. back to the social security system.

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    anurag Says:

    From Human Resource Manager,
    Lavender Villa Hotel and Resort,
    1 Beauvoir Courtla Rue A Don,
    Gorey, Jersey, Channel Islands,
    JE3 9DX, United Kingdom
    URL:www.lavendervillahotel.com
    E-mail:reservations@lavendervillahotel.com
    Tel:+44701-119-7327

    We wish to officially inform you that your experience and qualifications were found satisfactory for our requirements as such you have emerged successful and is being made a job offer by us, please find attached soft copies of your job offer letter for your perusal and immediate action. Secondly for us to secure your Jersey Residence and Work Permit / Visa you need to first make contact with the Jersey Social Security Department and obtain your Jersey Social Security Card and Number, you must have a social security number and card before you can work and be paid. Do contact Jersey Social Security Department with the below contact details to obtain your Jersey Social Security Card and Number:

    Jersey Social Security Department
    PO Box 55, La Motte Street
    St Helier, Jersey, JE4 8PE
    E-mail: socialsecdept.jersey.gov@live.co.uk
    Contact numbers: +44-70111-50903
    +44-70111-50890

    Direct all your queries to me via email or you can as well call me directly on any of these lines: +44701-112-8761 and +44701-112-0785.

    Congratulations,

    Regards,

    Mr. George Best
    Human Resource Manager
    please tell is it fraud.

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    nayan Says:

    hi anurag this is a fraud itoo have the same offer they will ask u money for geeting a security no thats it they are jerks they cheat.dont fall for them.

  4. 4
    AJAY G BANDIWADDAR Says:

    hi this is ajay here me to meet with this kind of people,first they send me an offer letter by mail and tearms emploment letter and then they told me to send money, first they told to send GBP770, and second they told me to send GBP1453,I did not think about it an paid the money by seeing the offer letter, after paying this to they did not do any think,i lost my money, so now what should i do………..

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    Ingrid Sievert Says:

    SS pulled fraud on me and they don’t want to listen, but make me feel like they own SS. I was told to come to their office in 2003 because I got hit by two cars, one in may 2000 and August
    2002. As I sat there in my wheel chair, SS told me that they wanted to give me SSI. I did not know what SSI was and they wrote down some numbers what I paid into the system which was about
    $ 70.000 and I told them that it was false and that I paid in more. They told me that they wanted to keep it low for me to get SSI and for me not to worry. I try to change it because I paid in more than $ 800.000 into the system, but they told me they got the print out from the IRS when I saw them make up these numbers when I sat there in 2003. I ask the IRS and they told me, they did not give SS that print out and that the IRS don’t even go back more than 7 years. SS wants proof from me and I always went to the IRS in person to file my taxes and the IRS told me that I did not need to keep records because I ask them many times. SS made up more fraud and has in their data that my daughter is sending me $ 2500 a month and that I get money from a boyfriend and my daughter is not sending any money and I have no boyfriend for 15 years. My daughter sent me $ 2500 to fix the roof on the building she owns and I live in from hurricane Wilma damage and SS is taking the money from me, even my daughter sent two letters telling them that the money was not for me, but they say I could not have that money because I was on SSI. I need some help here and can not pay SS out of my $ 598.00 check for the roof repair and also I have more money coming because I paid a lot more into the system. Ingrid Sievert 561-795-5390

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    Jonathan Elliot Says:

    Hi there. I was reading your post on Welfare Fraud but unfortunately comments are closed so I’m commenting here.

    You say “The fact is that welfare fraud is an all too common occurrence.” The best statistics I can find is that welfare fraud occurs less than 2% of the time. http://spritzophrenia.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/how-bad-is-welfare-fraud-in-the-usa/

    Perhaps you could update your article to reflect this?

    Warmly

    Jonathan

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