What is Social Security fraud?

 

 

 

Generally speaking, fraud involves obtaining something of value through willful misrepresentation. In the context of the Social Security program, our policy states that fraud exists when a person with intent to defraud makes, or causes to be made, a false statement, or misrepresents, conceals, or fails to disclose a material fact for use in determining rights under the Social Security Act. Information is “material” when it could influence SSA’s determination on entitlement or eligibility to benefits under the Act.

Examples of fraud include:

  • Making false statements on claims
  • Concealing facts or events that affect eligibility for benefits
  • Misusing benefits by a representative payee
  • Failing to notify the agency of the death of a beneficiary and continuing to receive the deceased person’s benefits
  • Buying or selling Social Security cards
  • Filing claims under another person’s Social Security number (SSN)
  • Scamming people by impersonating our employees
  • Bribing our employees
  • Misusing grant or contract funds

 

 

Measures you can take to prevent fraud

  • Do not routinely carry your Social Security card
  • Never say your SSN aloud in public
  • Beware of phishing scams (emails, internet links, and phone calls) to trick you into revealing personal information
  • Create a my Social Security account to help you keep track of your records and identify any suspicious activity

 

For more information on how to identify and protect yourself from Social Security Fraud, visit the SSA Fraud Prevention and Reporting Website here: Social Security: Fraud Prevention and Reporting" | SSA

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