What You Need to Know
- Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr., Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, warns those who are applying for disability and those receiving benefits about a texting scam. The text requests applicants and beneficiaries “call a telephone number for information about their Social Security disability benefit claims.”
- The text message reads “Disability Alert: Please call 253-xxx-xxx regarding your recent disability benefits application.”
- The Inspector General, in a Fraud Advisory Press Release, said that Social Security will NEVER send you a text message about your application. He also said that, “Social Security representatives may call to follow up on a benefit application-but they will not send text messages-and they generally will not ask for personal identifiers or financial information.”
- This type of texting scam is just one way thieves attempt to obtain personal information. If you would like more information on identity theft, and other ways people attempt to get your information click here. You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-ID-THEFT for more information, or to report identity theft.
- If you receive a suspicious text message regarding your Social Security Application contact the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 from 10am to 4pm Easter Time, or online here.