Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr., the Social Security Administration (SSA) Inspector General, has been pursuing efforts to combat the recent increase in Social Security-related Internet fraud. He recently announced that his office has been successful in these efforts. Since the beginning of 2012, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has shut down or forced compliance for 25 websites that were in violation of the Act. It is important to note that there are still many of these sites in existence, though the OIG is focused to eliminate all fraudulent websites.
Under Section 1140 of the Social Security Act, it is illegal for any person, group, or entity to falsely represent their intention or imply any connection to the SSA when none exists. It also makes the fee-based reprinting, distribution, or reproduction of SSA forms illegal. There has been a drastic increase in websites that deceives consumers by requiring payment for documents which the SSA offers at no-cost or creating the assumption that the website is an official SSA site
As dedicated Social Security disability lawyers, we understand how confusing the SSD process can be and it is very easy to be misled by these fraudulent websites. Unfortunately, many individuals think they are applying for benefits or taking other action through these third-party sites; however, it can actually prevent you from receiving the disability benefits you need.
For over 10 years, the attorneys and legal team at Marasco & Nesselbush have dedicated their careers to helping thousands of clients obtain Social Security disability benefits. We can navigate the complexities of the SSA system with ease while you focus on your health and well-being. We are committed to our clients and dedicated to ensuring that our clients’ trust in our ability is rewarded with the legal results they deserve.