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Beware Of Scams Designed To Steal Your Social Security Number

Posted by John Kuhnlein | May 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Protecting your Social Security number is one of the main things you can do to avoid fraud. Unfortunately, so many breaches of Internet security have occurred recently that it may be too late. But, it never hurts to be vigilant.

It Looks Like The Correct Telephone Number

Trouble On Line One

Take note that scammers are trying to collect such personal information as your Social Security number in a creative new way--by pretending to be Social Security. These crooks are so savvy that they have figured out a way to make it appear that they are calling from Social Security's actual telephone number, 800-772-1213.

Promises and Threats

Once they have you on the phone, these scammers will ask you for your personal information, including your Social Security number. The thieves will claim that Social Security needs this

Just Hang Up

information to update their files. Or, so that Social Security can increase your benefits. The scammers might even say that Social Security is going to terminate your Social Security disability or retirement benefits without the requested information.

Wait--You Don't Already Know My Social Security Number?

It is true that Social Security may call you. This is notably true if you are applying for Social Security disability benefits.  But, if Social Security calls you, they are already going to have your Social Security number. If someone claiming to be from Social Security does not know your Social Security number, hang up. 

Turn The Scammers In

I'd Like A Word With You

Report any suspicious behavior to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at  

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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