Throughout this website, we link to our fraud reporting form. We encourage you to use it to submit reports, aka allegations, of suspected fraud.
But….what happens to those allegations? We know you are curious, because we receive emails every week asking that question.
Let’s get the legal language out of the way first. The Privacy Act of 1974 is a wonderful thing—it protects you in many ways. Federal Government agencies, including this one, are not allowed to share information about you or other people—even suspected criminals—from their records without the consent of that individual. Here’s an in-depth explanation of the Privacy Act.
What does this mean? Once you submit a report, it becomes part of our records, and we are usually prohibited by law from telling you what happens to the person you reported.
We can, however, give you some general information about the fraud-reporting process.
We try to act on reports of fraud within 45 days. What kind of action might we take?
The most important thing to remember is that the more information you give us, and the more specific that information is, the more likely we will be able to investigate or refer it to SSA for action.
If we can’t identify a person in SSA’s records based on the information you give us, we won’t be able to pursue your allegation. We take what action we can with every allegation we receive—we just can’t tell you what that action is, or we’d be breaking the law, too.