DATE: Thursday, March 4, 2021
SUMMARY: AARP reports on National Slam the Scam Day and that imposters are using the names of real officials at the SSA or its Office of the Inspector General.
Social Security scammers swindled $45 million from people last year. Here's how to avoid becoming a victim
DATE: Thursday, March 4, 2021
SUMMARY: CNBC reports that victims lost nearly $45 million last year.
DATE: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
SUMMARY: Forbes reports in the last fiscal year, the Social Security Administration received more than 781,000 reports of Social Security-related telephone scams.
DATE: Sunday, February 14, 2021
SUMMARY: NBC News reports that after three decades on the run, Howard Farley Jr. was arrested in Florida, where he had been hiding in plain sight.
DATE: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
SUMMARY: ABC-Chicago reports that a woman lost $80,000 to Social Security scammers.
DATE: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
SUMMARY: AARP reports that impostors have been posing as real Social Security officials and flaunting fake badge numbers to persuade victims to give up money or sensitive information.
DATE: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
SUMMARY: Washington Post discusses an OIG report that estimated that the SSA did not issue payments to 27,724 eligible recipients owed $52.1 million and did not locate 17,772 people eligible for approximately $90.4 million.
DATE: Monday, December 14, 2020
SUMMARY: Forbes discusses an audit report that focused on Social Security retirement beneficiaries who continued to work after claiming their retirement benefits before full retirement age.
DATE: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
SUMMARY: Forbes reports that one of the most common scams is a caller who claims "there's a problem with your Social Security."
DATE: Saturday, November 28, 2020
SUMMARY: CBS Atlanta reports that a newly created Georgia Unemployment Insurance Fraud Task Force will combat fraud schemes targeting unemployment insurance benefits.
DATE: Monday, November 23, 2020
SUMMARY: CNBC reports that 47% of Americans have been targeted by a Social Security scam in the past three months.
DATE: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
SUMMARY: WSB-TV 2 Atlanta reports that federal investigators closed down a server farm that sent out tens of millions of scam calls here in Georgia, and across the country, on behalf of an India-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider.
DATE: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
SUMMARY: Fox Tampa Bay reports a total of 13 people have been charged in 12 separate cases in Florida for stealing more than $1 million in Social Security benefits.
DATE: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
SUMMARY: The AARP reports on an investigation that involved scammers posing as government officials to bilk older victims of cash and gift cards.
DATE: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
SUMMARY: CBS-Albany, New York reports that a woman pleaded guilty to stealing the Social Security benefits of her deceased mother for several years after her mother's death.
DATE: Sunday, October 4, 2020
SUMMARY: Fox Chicago reports that a former Social Security claims specialist was sentenced to four years in prison for collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent benefits.
DATE: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
SUMMARY: Fox New York City reports that more than a dozen people and three companies are accused of using fake identities to run a nationwide financial scam that pulled in more than $1 million.
DATE: Thursday, September 10, 2020
SUMMARY: CBS Las Vegas reports that a Las Vegas man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining nearly $1.2 million in benefits from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
DATE: Thursday, September 3, 2020
SUMMARY: Forbes reports that the federal govermnent made another arrest tied to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan fraud. The attorney, Jae H. Choi, has been accused of fraudulently obtaining nearly $9 million in PPP loans.
DATE: Monday, August 24, 2020
SUMMARY: CBS Minnesota reports that a Zimmerman woman has pleaded guilty to receiving at least $40,000 in disability benefits she didn't need.
DATE: Saturday, August 15, 2020
SUMMARY: The Wall Street Journal covers an OIG and Department of Justice investigation of a robocall fraud that scammed American consumers out of more than $38 million in 2019.
DATE: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
SUMMARY: NBC (Cleveland, Ohio) reports that a man has been arrested after allegedly stealing more than $80,000 in Social Security and Department of Defense benefits earned by his father, a retired Navy officer who died in 2016.
DATE: Thursday, July 30, 2020
SUMMARY: NBC South Florida reports a dozen people in Florida have been charged in 11 cases of stealing more than $700,000 in Social Security benefits.
DATE: Wednesday, July 22, 2020
SUMMARY: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a 58-year-old Bucks County man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to pretending to be a Navy SEAL and wounded prisoner of war to steal $300,000 in veterans benefits.
DATE: Thursday, July 16, 2020
SUMMARY: Fox News reports that the OIG and Department of Justice announced the arrest of a married couple, who stand accused of laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars for foreign fraudsters.
DATE: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
SUMMARY: Forbes discusses a recent OIG audit report that found that SSA failed to inform a high percentage of widows and widowers that they might be entitled to a higher benefit than the one they were receiving.
DATE: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
SUMMARY: ABC (Lexington, Kentucky) reports that the Better Business Bureau said it is hearing from senior citizens about scammers calling them pretending to be with the Social Security Administration.
DATE: Friday, July 3, 2020
SUMMARY: CBS Miami reports a central Florida man who collected his mother's Social Security payments for years after her death has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.