Social Security scam

IRS Issues Warning About Social Security Scam

by Staff | August 26th, 2011

Midwest residents need to be on the lookout for a potential Social Security scam that promises a large tax return but that actually threatens to steal your identity.

Cuyahoga Falls Patch reports that scammers have persuaded some Midwesterners to pay them to file a false income tax return, so that these people lose not only the money spent paying for the filing but also their identities.

“Scammers are posing as tax return preparers, targeting the elderly and others receiving Social Security benefits,” said IRS spokeswoman Jennifer Jenkins. “The scammers promise large tax refunds, and lure unsuspecting victims into paying for the preparation and filing of fraudulent tax returns claiming false withholding, credits, refunds or rebates.”

Most recently, the scam has popped up in Ohio after being prevalent in Erie, Pennsylvania. The scam usually appears on ads or fliers purporting to be from the IRS. These ads are circulated at community meetings, churches, and senior organizations suggesting that a return can be filed to the IRS for a refund with little documentation.

Those approached by these scam promoters should contact the local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center. Others may visit the IRS website or call the IRS toll-free number at 1-800-829-1040.

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Alabama Man Gets Probation After Spending Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

by Staff | May 10th, 2011

May 10, 2011

A 58-year-old resident of Prichard, Alabama, received five years probation last week for illegally collecting $33,588 in Social Security monies after his mother died.

The man, who never reported his mother’s death to the Social Security Administration, plead guilty to theft of public money in January. He’s also been ordered to pay back the government.

According to The Alabama Press-Register, the man’s attorney argued that his client was in a desperate situation; while waiting for a response to his application for Social Security Disability, his client suffered serious health problems and could claim no assets other than a $20,000 house. The lawyer said that while this didn’t excuse his client’s actions it did help to explain them.

The man admitted to the judge that he gave little thought to the implications of his crime, saying he was “just trying to survive. “

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Social Security office alerts Wisconson residents of scam

by Staff | February 28th, 2011

February 28, 2011

A Social Security office in Wisconsin has alerted Social Security beneficiaries of a new phone scam, htrnews.com reports.

The scammer tells the Social Security beneficiaries that checks are guaranteed to be delivered in the event government employees aren’t in the office to forward the check. They may try to collect personal information, such as a Social Security Number, from the recipient.

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Do you think Social Security beneficiaries know how to protect themselves from scams? What tips do you have to help others avoid Social Security benefits scams?

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Social Security scam targets El Paso residents

by Staff | December 3rd, 2010

December 3, 2010

According to lcsun-news.com, the Social Security office in El Paso is warning residents about a scam that involves phone calls telling people they are due Social Security benefits.

The caller claims it was a mandate from President Barack Obama, and the recipient will be given a specific amount of Social Security benefits.

The caller attempts to collect bank and other personal information from the caller, claiming it’s necessary for the caller to receive Social Security benefits.

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Who do you think is most vulnerable for Social Security benefits scams?  What do you think law enforcement officials should do to prevent more Social Security benefits scams in the future?

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