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Social Security Disability Benefits Fraud

Social Security Disability is a great benefit to those who truly need assistance due to a severe medical condition that prevents them from working for at least a year. However, sometimes people violate the law and fabricate a medical condition. Detecting a fraud in the Social Security system is a challenging process, but it is one that is necessary in order to maintain the integrity of the program. Determining whether someone is trying to take advantage of the system can be a difficult task, so before reporting an alleged fraud, consider the long journey ahead and all that goes into pinpointing fraudulent activity.

If you suspect someone is violating the law and is, in fact, fraudulently collecting disability benefits:

  • You need to know the reason why the person has been approved for benefits. If you are unable to determine this, research will need to be conducted to determine the truth before accusations are made.
  • You need to be aware that even though you see this person, you may not fully understand how the person’s impairment causes difficulties in daily living.
  • Some people receiving Social Security Disability suffer from mental or psychological disorders; these are not often easy to pinpoint as an outsider, and it may be difficult to judge how these conditions could interrupt the daily activities.

Typically you would have to know someone quite well in order to determine whether or not he or she is taking advantage of the system. Making strong accusations about someone receiving disability benefits is touchy ground, and something that you would not want to do lightly. When in doubt, do not be afraid to ask questions and look into the actions of the person. This can greatly help you determine where the truth lies. If you do still truly suspect someone of committing a fraudulent act, you should consider reporting that individual.

  • You should begin by contacting the toll-free Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline at (800) 269-0271.
  • Remember to provide as much information as you can. This includes the name, address, birth date, phone numbers, and Social Security number (if you know it) of the person suspected of committing fraud. The more information you provide, the sooner the investigation can begin. You should explain in detail to the SSA exactly in what type of fraudulent activity that you suspect this person to be involved.
  • Do not report anything that you do not know for sure. There are penalties for reporting false information, so stick with the facts.
  • Be certain that you understand the situation surrounding the person’s disability. Work may complicate the person’s condition more than you know. Some people are unable to work because they have to be medicated frequently throughout the day. There are also many individuals on disability who have to make trips to the hospital on a weekly or even daily basis. Other individuals may suffer from a psychological or mental condition that makes them appear quite normal, but they may, in reality, be struggling deeply on the inside. You must be fully aware of their circumstances to be able to judge if they are fraudulently collecting benefits.
  • If you feel uncomfortable telephoning regarding your concerns, you can complete an online fraud reporting form, or mail in your findings to the Fraud Hotline at:

Social Security Fraud Hotline
P.O. Box 17768
Baltimore, Maryland 21235

When working properly, the Social Security Disability program is a wonderful asset. To those individuals suffering and unable to work, or even waiting out the last stage of their lives, it is often a much-needed benefit. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of a good thing and use it improperly, as is the case with fraudulent behavior. While reporting this kind of activity is important, it is also a serious leap to take. Before you report your suspicions, you should realize that the most important thing is to know all the facts, and to move forward only if you are certain you have a definite case of fraudulent conduct.


whether or not they are qualified to collect ssdi is not the biggest problem, it is the people working cash under the table that are the problem, ssdi allows a small amount of extra income, but when you are talking thousands of hiddnn income, they should not be collecting no matter what physical.mental state they are in

I would like to know how someone on S.S. can pick up and go to Canida every month for 2 to 3 weeks at a time and people who work can't even take a vacation.Should you want any more information on who this individuale is, please feel free to contact me and I will gladly tell you.

Yes, its more bothersome when they are from another country and are married to an American and decide to open their own cleaning business. The wife receives SSDI, as well as her children because of a kidney issue she has, which is legit???, however, she is the only employee in their company and though they are registered with the state (all in his name) all the money is not claimed. If you hurt that bad how can you work F/T for your business cleaning at that, while your husband has a complete other job 40+ hours a week. Extra income galore but sucks it right from the system to ruin it for others. Definitely some b.s.!

I can see on the surface that the person is working full time and collecting SSDI but depending on the disability a pwrson can make 1000.00 a month on SSD a quite lower amount if she is collecting SSI, I do have a problem because Ive been disabled from birth And went to college to get a BS and I still cant drive because my CP affected side, Ive looked for work but no one will even give me a chance

I would like to know how someone can collect ssd for a hurt back but can ride horses everyday...paint complete houses for cash money build horse stalls and run heavey equiptment for planting...

My ex is an alcoholic and snorts percasets he got throwed out of pain management in ohio because he tested positive for marijuana. He hurt his back at work between 7/10 years ago he drinks 60+ beers a week has pancreatitis ends up in hospital for a week at a time his unemployment ran out so now moving to florida to sign up but he claims his back hurts but he can play golf and fish and still do side tree jobs.his friend told him they won't go by his back but by ment a l issues so he went and got therapist so he can get on meds he takes all his pills blood pressure stomach pill anxiety pill depressant pills and cholesterol pills with beer he starts drinking first thing in morning he drives while drinking beer and he over takes his depressant pills and muscle relaxers he buys the percosets off his friends who get them from pain management he has worked all this time climbing trees for a living and couldn't pay for his pills because of his drug and alcohol abuse and has to live with his mom in florida he thinks by going there he can get pain management and his records won't follow him he lifts heavy stuff and I feel he is going to fraud the system especially asking everyone how to beat the system by trying for his back or mental they all told him mental.he refuses to get help for his addictions and he goes from doctor to doctor if they refuse him pain pills so now he buys them from Friends and people on street all his money goes to that he snorts 15/30 pills within two days it's amazing he is still here ..

Like you Lori, I feel your pain! I am dealing with almost the same situation! He has only one child, which he never bothers with or acknowledge he has one. He has been an out-patient 3x's for drug use, 2 of them were to keep his job the 3rd was to just to pacify. It never worked because he doesn't want it. He preferres his drugs & drinking, just as she does too!!! As he's still doing drugs, he was arrested for DUI-Narcotics-with the intent to sell & out of state. Pathological liar and theif they both are. He has lied to SSD, the Courts, Employers, Landlords, Family, friends and counted on getting SSDI, to get out of child support payments. He boasted & is proud of it and he called people announcing he doesn't have to pay child support ever again because the SSD is paying it for him. So many wasted time in court for the same things over and over. He can't get a job due to his history of stealing from his employer, always late, job performance was declining fast putting his employer in jeopardy as well as clients. Not a day went by where he was always strung out on something, which between all that, got him fired. Word spread quickly so it's impossible for him to get a real job. Constantly being evicted and lies to the next fool, claiming the are from different states/areas and need a place to stay ASAP because their children or family member is dieing so the landlord will not to run a background check on him & his wife. He continues to work weekly,for cash, and of course never reports it or banks it(that's a paper trail) and she works a full time job. He first claimed he had 1 herniated disc in his lumbar to file for SSD. When he was denied twice, someone told him to play out the act for his back and add in depression and Bi-polar and then he never could be denied!! As they continue to play out this roll/act they have stolen electric, cable, cell phones, prescription meds from people's home,while visiting as well as Hospice patients medications. They know the loop holes and have scammed everyone and everything to get away without having to pay for things and reap the rewards of FREE $$$, Food Stamps, Healthcare and what ever they can get their hands on. Opened a PO BOX, never report their new address, so they can't be found quickly and the list goes on and on and on!! Amazingly, always manage to take many(2-4 yr) nice vacations within the US as well as out and to the Islands. If it's out there, they will find a way to get what they want by lieing, stealing, and scamming on TAX PAYERS DOLLARS. MAKES ME & OTHERS WHO KNOW THEM SICK, WHILE BUSTING THEIR BUT JUST TO MAKE ENDS MEET! :( :( SOCIAL SECURITY NEEDS TO CATCH HIM AND PUT HIM AWAY! FRAUD IS STEALING AND BOTH A CRIME....NOW DO THE TIME. IIII

Hello, thank you and we appreciate your concern. If you truly believe this individual is committing fraud, I would report it to the SSA immediately. You can call the SSA's Fraud Hotline toll-free at 1-800-269-0271 or by completing the Fraud Reporting Form.

My ex is on SSD/SSI for bipolar and fibromyalgia. He sells scrap metal for cash, goes to amusement parks and posts pics online enjoying rides, and recently my child reported strong smelling plants with fuzzy purple things that he sells in bags and wrappers growing in the house. Social Security is funding this home grow operation. Good job Social Security. P.S. I have turned him in but he still collects!

If an absent parent is collecting ss benefits. I'm pretty sure you can get ss benefits for child support

I'm facing the same issue she goes horse back riding while on vacation. And posts it in Facebook but claims to have to worse back and on lots of pain mess that now she is abusing.

Recently received SSI after 3 denials and waiting 10+ yrs to file in hope of getting better , it's barely enough to get by , in fact owning a pet is my only luxury! Yet today I watched my neighbor who collects full benefits has a spouse with a very good job in the health insurance field out snow blowing multiple driveways with his new snowblower , the most disturbing thing is he took work from a friend that's unemployed with no benefits and an ill child , this friend helps all the elderly woman in the neighborhood out of kindness for nothing or minimal cost . Because he believes in paying it forward and something good will come from it . He has a criminal record paid the price and has been proof that our system can rehabilitate and provide skills to go back into society and be proof that mankind does value freedom and values that make up the morals we abide by. Yet can't even get a job at a fast-food establishment without the shame that continues to follow him ... How dies this differ from SS fraud? His crime didn't harm anyone stole a Xmas tree from a discount store , it was deemed strong arm robbery .. I believe our system has many corrupt officials acting inappropriately causing persons lifelong hardships falsely.... Need advocates for unfairly accused while others go on knowingly stealing government funds . this

and how is a man, 50's collecting full coverage after getting a lawyer to prove he cannot work even part time, but still able to go buy a nice big boat, trailor it, lanch it, fish all day and then put it back on the trailor to head for home,,,, ? And how can he become the nanny for adopted kids,2 and 3 yr olds, baby sitting them all day, while wife works all day,, then act like he has it so badly,, more money coming in from Adoption,,,,,, ???!!!

Record it then report it use google shared video to get the pi to look at them sooner. Ssi ssdi drag their feet on cases. Honestly if someone is on it or workers comp and they can go shopping walk and get around unassisted then they can work.

I'd like to know that also !! I know a person collecting disability benefits .. Riding .. Snowmobiling .. Sitting on a tractor in a field for hours on end ... doing firewood .. Where do you go to report ?

My brother "has a bad back" sued the company he worked for.....he plows, carries hay and bags of under the table for his son in laws dad's excavating company, cuts wood, plants and combines a large field of corn for which he gets the money made from it. Works on cars, builds decks, and when he gets a chance he fills in the empty spots with law suits. And he's been getting SSD for a few years now.....he's 57 years old. I am 61, 2 open hearts for bad valves, pacemaker, CHF, a heart attack, and more. Married when I was 20....been sick with all this since I was 24....NEVER APPLIED FOR DISABILITY! I have worked at times over all these years. His wife works, he gets SSD, plus works all the time doing anything.....(.My husband and I just took care of my step-dad he died in 2012 ) And My mom from 2012-April 2014..he would not help take care of her, except borrow money constantly. She died, he made up all kinds of lies, got mom's money and believe it or not sued my husband and I for $24, he got $66,000.00 for doing nothing but scamming! I hope he gets caught, and has his SSD stopped and pays dearly for his con-artist ways!

Hi there,
I am really sorry to hear about this situation. I would highly recommend reporting your brother to the SSA if you want justice to be served and for him to pay back the benefits that he's been receiving but hasn't deserved. You can report the fraud here:

How about turning in a $200,000 winning scratch ticket and another $100,000 winning scratch ticket in the state of Idaho with in the last 12 months and still drawing full benefits. Able bodied for sure but chooses not to keep a job for fear of loosing all his free benefits.

Hi there,
This may actually be perfectly legal if the person is receiving SSDI benefits. SSDI benefits are work-based, so sudden windfalls such as inheritances or winning the lottery would not affect monthly benefits.
If this person was receiving SSI payments however, he or she would be automatically kicked off the program, as the SSI asset limit is only $2,000.

I work with a guy who's gets paid cash n yet collects over 600 a month in ssi didablity for a suppose case of arthritis. Yet he works everyday manual labor for cash. It is wrong n y other who really need it don't get the right appropriations.

I know someone that is collecting disability for PTS because he kids were killed 4 years ago and his review is in the next month. He has not seen any kind of doctor since approved or taken any meds. He is self medicating with lots of beer and meth and I hope they take it away from him so he can deal with real life like the rest of us. Need more info on this person feel free to contact me.

PTSD is a serious disorder that only gets worse if not treated. You cant tell someone to suck it up and move on from tramatic experiences. This person needs some HELP if they are self medicating with alcolohol and drugs bc that means they are also an ADDICT (addiction is a disease). PTSD never goes away on its own only with treatment just bc you dont understand it dont try to ale someones life worse who suffers from it Why wouldnt you want to HELP this person? Sounds like you need some help as well with some anger issues and lack of compassion.

Yes it is, but it is also serious to lead a life of drinking, loss of childrena custody and lazy drunk nites, finally he is getting some VA help, but had the audacity to say I "jeopardized his kids" , thinking I called Child protective Services on his Mom and step dad for too harsh spankings of his lost custody two children 2 and 3,, HE JEOPARDIZED his kids, lost them and now the step adoptive father is a loser who is on complete disability, has brain damage, won't work, drinks at times, mean to these kids, has epilepsy/seizures grand mall a few years back,, yet I caused jeopardize of his children? He drank like a fish before he was over in Iraq,not in the combat but a builder. Some where we need an anonymous way to report these cheaters, and I may yet. I am fed up, seems granny gets blamed for all my grown kids troubles? NOT. Anger? sure, I am angry at the system that allows even Illegals to collect from my tax money! I am 70s, disabled and fighting just to get medicare in my senior years?

Someone in deep grief over the loss of his babies, his future and heritage and YOU want to stab that knife in deeper and twist it ??? How hateful can anyone be!!

There was a guy that lived out from me.He was younger than me he is around 30. I couldn't figure out how he was able to support his self seeing how he wasn't working.He would later tell us he was on SSI. He went on to say at first it was his back,then later he said it was his nerves. So not real sure why he is getting it.But what amazed me,was the parties,drugs that went on at his apt. He would later tell how he was making runs from here in Tennessee to Florida and getting pills down there and pills here.Later on his girl friend dies in her sleep.She was on drugs and threw up in her sleep and drowned to death.Ever day that you seen him,he was always messed up on pills.He would later brag to us all, Telling us if we wanted to get on checks,that all we had to do was be committed to the local nut house *what he called*.He said to go in there act like your depressed and suicidal.He said when they let you go home,Go right back up there again.Keep doing it .He said to get a lawyer and get him to help you sign up on SSI. What got me was he laughed about it.He thought it was so funny how he said * he is screwing the system*.He said he has been on SSI for years. Here he is young more than able to work. Has tenncare and is able to abuse it too .I'm not expecting much to anything to really happen to him on this.It seems people like him can abuse the system and get by with it. Here I am with diabetes high blood pressure neuropathy in my feet and hands panic disorder depression * and I have a councilor that comes to my house twice a month plus go see a psychiatrist once a month *threw a type of system they see me for free thank god*..I do with out my medicine no insulin no blood pressure pills no ..Nothing...But he can get nerve pills, he can get his pain pills.To me there is something way wrong with this picture...The insulin that I need a month cost around three hundred dollars.. So why I sit here and wait for my liver and kidneys to get bad.. This guy is accepting checks for sitting on his tail end and for his pills. And yes I have applied for SSI. I have no shame in saying I have. But without having money to go to see the doctors, I am to sit here and watch people like this guy get away with this. It's sickening. I can give you the guy name , I can give you the link to his profile on facebook. He does not hide how he parties,you can see for yourself in his pictures he post...

My niece receive ss for her son she lied to her apartments and stated she doesn't have any income also to get the ss she stated to the social administration that she helps my mom party bills and that she lives with my mom so she could get the full amount but that was lie too.she live on her and gets child support over 500 per month is this fraud?

My niece receive ss for her son she lied to the social security office telling them that she lives with my mom and her child support she gets she helps he own bills which she doesn't give my mother a dollar nor does she live with my mother she has her own apartment and she told her apartments that she doesn't get ss so they wouldNT raise her rent is this fraud

there are 2 peoeple in alabama trying to apply for disability!! these 2 are a married couple in which he will not get a job he will do odd jobs just to get by , jamie his wife chooses to sit on her hind end and not try to work either its frustrating to see so many actually trying to make effort and these 2 that i know are no more disabled ...... i do believe they have applied for disability ssi or something like this !!! please keep this between us and private thanks !they do not need this they are well and able bodied to work !!!


I understand your frustration. Fortunately, the screening process for disability benefits is rather stringent. So if this couple is trying to "scam the system", there is a good chance they won't be approved for benefits.

It is important to keep in mind that there are many types of disabilities that aren't apparent to outsiders. Perhaps he or she may be suffering from a condition that you aren't aware of.

Either way, I appreciate your concern!

This site is not really wanting to track abusers of our system. They do not have a method by which you can supply information to check out possible abusers. I had a woman apply to my shop and told me that for the last 7-8 years she had worked for a competitor for cash as she receives disability. Trying to report this woman has been virtually impossible. No wonder there is so much abuse. They get away with it and have no qwalms!!

It's unfortunate that there are people that abuse the Social Security Disability program, however, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has ways to report fraud. You can visit their website or call your local Social Security Office.

I know 2 people who get diablility every month. She collects disability for her 2 girls and herself, she says that she can't eat, but I have seen her sit down and eat cookies, candy, ice cream and milk shakes with no problem, but to eat a real meal, she eats a tiny bit and then throws it all up, but only when someone is watching her. He collects disability for him and the same 2 girls becasue he weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 pounds. So he can't walk or work, he sits all day long in a chair. Between the 2 of them they make almost 2400.00 a month. My problem is this, they own a horse, which cost money to keep, the vet bill, the boarding, the food, plus they own a horse trailer. Now with that being said, they also own rabbits, guinea pigs and cats. They get food stamps every month, which we help pay for. She is able to help at the fair for a week at a time with no problems. Becasue they are on social security disablility it allowes them to have a maid at 300.00 a month and to spend 10 days in disney land at christmas. I am so glad we work our tails off in order for people like this to have this type of lifestyle on our money and our hard work. How is this acceptable? There ae so many people out there who need the help, but struggle to get it. When I say they need the help, they are dealing with one arm or one leg and are in wheelchairs. I know a man who has one arm and works where I work, he isn't asking for handouts, but we see this couple who asks for every hand out they can get.

Unfortunately there will always be individuals who try to take advantage of the Social Security Disability program. While it is unfair to those who struggle to get the benefits they truly need, it is important to keep in mind that you may not know all of this couple's story. Many times, a disability is not always apparent to outsiders. The Social Security Disability application process is extremely stringent. It is designed to weed out the individuals who are not disabled or who are trying to "scam the system". If you believe that these people are committing fraud, it would be best to report them to the SSA.

The people you mention get $2400 a month and have two kids? You realize that's just about minimum wage between them? How do you know how much money they have anyway? And again, as some people have mentioned, you don't know what's going on with them. You can't 'see' most illnesses, but anyway...minimum wage with two kids? What exactly is this "lifestyle" you think they are living on minimum wage??

someone we know gets ssdi because he is legally blind,but he rides a scooter every day also works at a saw mill and operates a chains saw cut wood and sells it .Is this fraud?

This person may not be committing fraud. In some circumstances, it is completely legal to work while receiving benefits. As long as this person does not earn more than the stated limit of income, he is not committing fraud.

I wish I knew I know someone just like that. Has a drivers license and owns a car and has held jobs but quits after a couple of months.

my neighbor and his wife both receive socal security diasability...him because of his back and her because of migraines....however, the husband built a deck last summer and redid his front porch and both of them babysit their godchildren 5 days a week who are 3,2, and 1 years this fraud??

This may not necessarily be fraud. The SSA looks at a person's ability to perform the work they were once able to do and also their ability to adapt to other types of work. Sometimes it may seem as if a person is able to work when in reality, they may not be. Your neighbors may not be earning money from babysitting and there's a chance that the husband was only making necessary repairs. If you feel strongly that these people are committing fraud, you should report it to the SSA so that they can check it out.

Sir: with all do respect your replies sound like your an apologist for these people. maybe the social security people should take these reports seriously and realize that the screening process is flawed.

I appreciate your concern. The point I was trying to make is that not all disabilities are apparent to outsiders. People may feel embarrassed or ashamed to tell the whole the story to a neighbor or acquaintance. It is important to remember, that while fraud does occur, there are individuals who are truly disabled. I encourage anyone who suspects fraud to report it to the SSA, but I try to remind them that not everyone is scamming the system. Thanks for your comment.

Molly Clarke