Social Security is the biggest source of income for Americans, but some of the fraudsters behind the scam have a history of targeting the most vulnerable: seniors.
The Social Security Administration announced a new policy on Monday aimed at stopping the illegal misuse of the program.
The program’s website states that if a beneficiary is under age 65, “no payment of benefits may be made by an individual to an employer or a contractor, and no payment of an eligible benefit may be processed through a Federal program that is administered by the Social Security Trust Fund or the Social Services Administration.”
Social Security recipients who have been victims of fraud, including those who have paid for a car or a boat to come to the U.S., are being asked to report the incidents to their local government.
This can help keep the system from becoming a tool for fraudsters.
The agency said that if they have been victim of fraud on Social Security, they should report the incident to their state social services office and to the Federal Trade Commission.
“We encourage individuals to report fraud to their nearest state social service office or the Federal Government’s website, or by calling 1-800-Fraud-Assistance,” the agency said.