Some types of social security fraud can be considered criminal activities:
Other kinds of violations can involve:
The most common type of fraud affects us all: identity theft. This is the theft and misuse of a person?s social security number and other information, which is then usually used to illegally collect benefits. For example, a common recent scam is for con artists to call you over the phone, posing as Social Security Administration employees, and ask for your Social Security Number (SSN).
There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of being the victim of social security fraud:
You should immediately contact the SSA to report any illegal use of your Social Security number or benefits. When you contact them, the SSA will ask for your:
Keep in mind that while any information you give the SSA will mostly be kept confidential, the SSA may share your information with the FTC in cases of identity theft. Your information, however, will only be used to help you and will not be distributed to any members of the public.
Finally, you may want to contact an attorney who specializes in civil suits concerning fraud, as you may be able to recoup any losses incurred. Your attorney will be able to advise you of your rights and help you decide the best course of action to take.
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