What Is Social Security Fraud?


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A number of situations are viewed as Social Security fraud, including misuse of benefits, making false statements on claims and buying or selling Social Security cards, according to the Office of the Inspector General. Concealing information that affects eligibility for benefits is also considered to be fraud.

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People who represent Social Security recipients commit fraud if they misuse the benefits they are entrusted with, says the Office of the Inspector General. It is considered fraud when people knowingly provide inaccurate information when they apply for Social Security benefits. Both counterfeit and authentic Social Security cards may not be bought or sold. Failing to fully disclose required information or hiding events or facts concerning eligibility is considered fraud.

Organizations and businesses that have contracts with the Social Security Administration may not engage in any fraudulent activity, notes the Office of the Inspector General. Anyone receiving Social Security disability benefits must inform the Social Security Administration if they also receive workers' compensation benefits. It may be fraud for someone to misrepresent themselves as a Social Security Administration employee to attempt to gain the social security number of an individual. Social Security Administration employees who do not adhere to certain standards of ethical conduct may be committing fraud. Misusing Social Security numbers for the purpose of committing terrorist acts is fraud.

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