We take fraud seriously and so should you
A Message from Social Security
We must continue to act decisively to prevent, detect, and resolve attempts to defraud our programs.
We are committed to achieving our mission of delivering Social Security services that meet the changing needs of the public. Everyday our employees work diligently to ensure the public receives the services and benefits it deserves. We strive to ensure the integrity of our programs and a high level of service to the public despite those who seek to abuse our programs.
What is Social Security Fraud?
Fraud exists when a person with intent to defraud makes or causes a false statement or misrepresentation of a material fact, or intentionally conceals or fails to disclose a material fact for use in determining his or her right to Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits. The source of this definition is from the Social Security Act.
Examples of fraud:
- Making false statements on claims;
- Concealing facts or events that affect eligibility for benefits;
- Misuse of benefits by a representative payee;
- Failure 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;
- Misuse of Social Security (filing claims under another person’s SSN);
- Scams involving impersonations of our employees;
- Bribing our employees; and
- Misuse of grant or contracting funds.
Prevent and Combat Social Security Fraud
Social Security has zero tolerance for fraud. While we cannot prevent all fraud schemes any more than we can stop all crime in our communities, Social Security aggressively investigates and prosecutes those who commit fraud.
Measures to Prevent Fraud
- Do not routinely carry your Social Security card;
- Never say your SSN aloud in public;
- Create a my Social Security account to help you keep track of your records; and identify any suspicious activity;
- If you are receiving benefits, add an electronic access block to your record;
- Add a direct deposit fraud block to your record; and
- Beware of phishing scams (emails, internet links, and phone calls) to trick you into revealing personal information.
Do you suspect someone of committing fraud, waste, or abuse against Social Security? SSA’s OIG Fraud Hotline takes reports of alleged fraud, waste, or abuse.