Report Social Security Fraud
If you suspect Social Security fraud, it is important that you report Social Security fraud to the Office of the Inspector General. Examples of activity that may constitute Social Security fraud include working in secret while continuing to receive benefits, receiving benefits for a child not in one's care, receiving and cashing the Social Security checks of a deceased person, hiding marriage or assets from the Social Security Administration and receiving benefits while living in another country. If you know that someone is involved in any of these fraudulent activities, follow these steps to report it to the Office of the Inspector General:
- Before reporting the fraudulent activity, make sure you have all the necessary information. This includes the name and identifying details of the person committing the fraud, details about what exactly the suspect has done that constitutes fraud, when and where the fraud took place and any other information that would be relevant to the investigation.
- There are several ways to contact the Office of the Inspector General if you suspect Social Security fraud, abuse or waste.
- To report the fraud online, you can use the online fraud reporting form at https://www.socialsecurity.gov/oig/public_fraud_reporting/form.htm.
- You can mail a written report about the suspected fraud to the Social Security Fraud Hotline, P.O. Box 17768, Baltimore, Maryland 21235.
- You can fax a written report about the suspected fraud to 410-597-0118.
- To report the fraud by phone, you can call 1-800-269-0271 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. If you are deaf and would like to report the fraud by phone, you can call 1-866-501-2101.