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Are the Days of Social Security Numbers Numbered?

Your social security number is essentially your identity, as it essentially acts as your password for everything from loans to taxes. Having this one number may seem convenient, but if it’s easy for you to use, then it’s definitely easy for fraudsters as well. Social Security numbers were first issued nearly 80 years ago, but…

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9/11 Related Disability Fraud Shakes Social Security Administration

In the wake of 9/11, some retired New York City police and firefighters filed fraudulent disability claims. Social Security Inspector General Patrick O’Carrol told a House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security about a lucrative Social Security scheme masterminded by four Long Island, NY, men. Executed search warrants on these four men turned up…

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Medical Supply Business Owner Caught in Medicare Scheme

A man who had been submitting fraudulent $2.6 million Medicare scheme involving power wheelchairs and other equipment has pleaded guilty in federal court. Akinola Afolabi, the former owner of a medical equipment supply company in Long Beach, had been submitting false insurance claims on behalf of his company between 2006 and 2009.  Medicare paid out…

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Social Security Scam in Puerto Rico Jails 70+

A two-year fraud investigation has turned up with results: over 70 people in Puerto Rico have been busted for distributing fake Social Security disability payments. Among the perpetrators are three doctors, an ex Social Security Admin employee and seventy-one people who made phony medical claims.  More than $2 million dollars is what these folks will…

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Does the Social Security Administration Have a Good Accuracy Rate?

Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia. Photo: Michael Rivera    There have been buzzing rumors of Social Security benefits being distributed to the wrong people, as well as reports of people committing Social Security fraud.  The Wall Street Journal has also made it clear that over 1,500 deceased were receiving a total of $31 million in benefits.…

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Don’t Just Give Away Your Social Security Number

Don’t fall into the trappings of identity theft.  Many folks hand off their Social Security numbers left and right as if they were handing out a business card.  Not too wise, is it? Recently Gap Inc. sent out employee files containing their Social Security numbers to a costumer without realizing it.  Pandemonium ensued. Aaron Messing,…

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Woman Has Been Taking Dead Mother’s Social Security Checks

We’ve all heard of Social Security scams, but this one is a dozy. A woman who buried her mother in the backyard of her home has been accepting her Social Security checks for the past 14 years.  She now owes the government $141,962. Apparently, taking the SS benefits weren’t part of her plan.  She had…

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Your Social Security Number is on the Internet!

A new investigative report from Scripps Howard News Service has frightened many US citizens.  It turns out that personal information received from a government phone program has been exposed to the Internet.  The personal information includes Social Security numbers, birth dates, home addresses and copies of welfare cards. Scripps reporter Isaac Wolf says, “”They have…

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Social Security Lawyer Commits Fraud

Looks like another law practitioner is in trouble with the law… Eric C. Conn, an Eastern Kentucky Social Security disability lawyer, alongside federal judge, David B. Daugherty, committed wholesale fraud.  Conn received millions upon millions of dollars from the government for handling disability claims that Daugherty deceivingly approved. What happened here is that many cases…

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