Social Security fraud affects the programs and operations of the Social Security Administration (SSA), and concerns all who have received, or who will receive Social Security benefits. What is Social Security fraud? How do you report it, and what do you report?
Fraud takes place when a person receives social security benefits for which they have no right. The following are Social Security fraud examples: a person who receives benefits for a child that is not under their care; a person who lies about their employment status to receive disability benefits; a person who conceals the death of a beneficiary, assets or an overseas residency in order to receive supplemental security income. If you are aware of fraud, how do you report it?
The SSA has set up several ways to report fraud. A Fraud Reporting Form is available on the SSA website. The agency has a Fraud Hot line at 1-800-269-0271, available from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST, or by TTY at 1-866-501-2101. You can also report the fraud by mail, or fax the information to 410-597-0118. But, exactly what do you report?
Include as much information as you can on the person committing Social Security fraud. The report should include name, address, and social security number if available. If this is an employment concealment case, include employer’s name, employer’s address and phone number. Report where and when the fraud occurred, how it was committed, and who else besides yourself knows of the fraud.