Social Security Scam

Social Security Scam

Seniors Beware: New Con Targets Social Security Checks

Government officials are warning about cons targeting Social Security beneficiaries.

Cons who are posing as agents for Social Security in this latest scam tries to trick seniors into “verifying” private information over the phone — including Social Security numbers, birth dates and parents’ names — supposedly to provide the senior with a cost-of-living increase in their benefits.

If the senior provides all the requested information, the scammer uses it to contact the real Social Security Administration to attempt to change the person’s direct deposit information and steal benefit checks.

Another Social Security scam starts with a recorded phone call warning seniors about a problem with their benefit checks. If the seniors call the number listed on the recording, they’ll be told that a warrant has been issued for the victim’s arrest and that the only way to solve the problem is by buying hundreds of dollars’ worth of prepaid debit cards “to resolve the warrant.”

These schemes target innocent people and try to trick them out of their money. Please be aware and cautious of any calls from the Social Security office.

If you think the Social Security Administration might have reason to contact you, hang up and call the agency back at their listed local number or their toll-free headquarters number at 800-772-1213.

Never provide private information — especially your Social Security number — to someone whose identify cannot be confirmed. The caller is often trying to get your information for identity theft, to use your name and Social Security number to apply for credit cards and loans.

If you receive a suspicious call from someone who claims to be with Social Security or the agency’s Office of Inspector General or the IRS, report the issue to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report to help preserve further abuse.

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New Medicare cards: more protection to over 55 million Americans

New Medicare cards: more protection to over 55 million Americans

To prevent fraud and illegal use, the new Medicare cards won’t include Social Security numbers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is preparing a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help prevent identity theft.

The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier, to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number currently used on the Medicare card. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will begin mailing new cards in April 2018 and will meet the congressional deadline for replacing all Medicare cards by April 2019.

Providers and beneficiaries will both be able to use secure look-up tools that will provide access to the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier number when they need them. There will also be a 21-month transition period where providers will be able to use either the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier number or the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim number to help ease the transition for a comprehensive plan for the removal of Social Security numbers and transition to the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier numbers.

Read full press release here

Personal identity theft affects a large and growing number of individuals, especially people age 65 or older who are increasingly the victims of this type of crime. Identity theft can take not only an emotional toll on those who experience it, but also a financial one. It can also disrupt lives, damage credit ratings and result in inaccuracies in medical records and costly false claims.

For more information about Social Security, visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website

 

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