If you have a pending application for Social Security benefits, or if you are currently on Social Security, it is easy to believe that a threatening caller may be a government official. This is exactly what is happening on a widespread basis. Scam callers are attempting to trick you into giving out your personal information. Callers will claim to be calling from the Social Security Administration. Sometimes, the number you see on your caller ID may even look like an official number. The caller may claim there is a problem with your application or your benefits, and ask you for personal information such as the last four digits of your Social Security number.
You should be aware that Social Security will not call and threaten you, or demand you pay them funds. Social Security will not promise to approve your benefits in exchange for funds. However, if you do have an application pending, Social Security may call and ask you to confirm your claim or verify information in order to process your claim.
If you are a current client with a pending Social Security application, you can and should advise the caller you need to contact your attorney before providing any information. The Social Security attorneys at Tanis Schultz have a high level of communication with our clients, and make our clients aware of when to expect a call from Social Security and who, specifically, will be contacting you.
If you do not have an attorney, you can tell the caller you will call them back. You should then get in contact with your local field office to speak with someone regarding your claim. If the call seems suspicious, it is very likely a scam call. It is best to have an attorney assisting you with your claim so you don’t need to handle these issues and navigate on your own.
The attorneys at Tanis Schultz care about keeping you safe and secure. If you have any questions regarding a Social Security claim, your Social Security benefits, or how to avoid scam calls, please give us a call.