How Do I Report Social Security Fraud?
There are people out there that are living with a legally recognized disability. For these people, maintaining a standard of living may be difficult. That is why Social Security disability benefits have been established to help these kinds of people. Because of Social Security benefits, these people can collect money from Social Security to supplement their income to buy groceries; pay bills and for other financial needs. However, the entire system suffers if there are people who are collecting disability benefits under fraudulent actions.
Social Security Benefit Fraud
What is Social Security fraud exactly? Social Security fraud happens when a person is trying to get social security benefits without or falsifying the disability. Social Security fraud also covers a number of different activities such as providing false date, information or using an illegally acquired Social Security number. The reason why most fraudulent person does this is the lure of easy and free money.
Caution Before Reporting
It cannot be stressed enough that before you report a person or an organization you think is collecting Social Security fraud is to make sure that they are really doing fraudulent activities. A person may perfectly look healthy, but he could be suffering from a legally recognized disability that is not visible to your eyes. Reporting such claims to the Social Security administration could end up with a possible fine.
Reporting Actual Social Security Benefit Fraud
Reporting to confirm Social Security benefit fraud is relatively easy. The SSA has set up a working toll-free hotline to facilitate such reports. When reporting a fraud it is important that you provide specific information. Be aware when reporting fraudulent cases, the SSA will ask you to provide other information such as mailing address, date of birth or the kind of fraud that a person is engaging to name a few.