Social Security, along with the Office of the Inspector General, identifies and aggressively prosecutes those who commit fraud. Their zero tolerance approach has resulted in a fraud incidence rate that is a fraction of one percent.

One of their most effective measures to guard against fraud is the Cooperative Disability Investigations program. Under the program, SSA investigates suspicious disability claims early, before making a decision to award benefits. In effect, SSA proactively stops fraud before it happens. In fiscal year 2018, with the help of state and local law enforcement, the program reported nearly $188.5 million in projected savings to the disability programs. This resulted in a return on investment of $17 for each $1 spent.

Eradicating fraud is a team effort. The SSA needs people who suspect something to say something. If you suspect fraud, please visit the Office of the Inspector General and select Report Fraud, Waste, or Abuse or call 1-800-269-0271.


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