Social Security Delayed Benefits: How The Scam Works
Every time there is a major hurricane that affects the United States’ coasts, there is damage. Thousands of people are left usually without power, many of those without any shelter whatsoever.
Various aid organizations have been working tirelessly to repair the storm’s damage and help citizens get their lives back to normal. Sadly though, scammers are attempting to take advantage of the chaos caused by the storm.
Callers claiming to be the Social Security Administration (SSA) are targeting SS benefit recipients. They are advising them their checks will be delayed due to the power outages and damage in the storm’s wake. They are then asking the victims to verify their social security information.
Of course, the calls aren’t legitimate, and the victims have just given the scammers the key to stealing their identities. This is only one of the most common Social Security scams going around, so watch out.
New Yorkers are also advised to beware of scam artists claiming to represent the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Criminals are even walking door to door to convince victims they need to pay a federal agency fee.
Delayed Social Security Benefits: How to Avoid
Be aware that the SSA, FEMA, or NFIP, will never ask for social security numbers, nor do they make unsolicited calls for any reason. In this case, the best offense is a good defense; never give personal identifying information over the telephone to anyone.
If you do receive calls claiming to be government agencies hang up the phone and call the agency in question yourself to verify that the call is legitimate. Any time there is a natural disaster, scammers seem to crawl out of the woodwork.
People who have been affected by the storm should be extra vigilant in verifying callers are asking for their personal information, whatever the reason.
If you believe you are a victim of this scam, call the FEMA Fraud Hotline at 800-323-8603 or call the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-242-5846.
SSA Scam: How To Report a Scammer
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