Scammers offering to help with disability applications

Eye on Scams
More Eye on Scams

Identity theft, in all its forms, affects people every day through a variety of scams.

Now, experts are warning of a scam targeted at residents in the Acadiana area.​

The Better Business Bureau of Acadiana has received reports from residents saying they’ve received phone calls, supposedly from scammers claiming they can help with applications for disability benefits.”

Chris Babin, with the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana, said, “Anybody could get this phone call, and basically what they’re saying is they can help you apply for disability benefits. A lot of times they’re using the name of the company National Disability, and they’re wanting to collect a bunch of information from you.”​

​Scammers are trying to get personal information from people by pretending to help with applications for disability benefits and claims.​

Whether or not you’ve started an application for disability benefits, scammers could contact you.​

They hope you’ll give them personal identifiable information over the phone.​

“They’re asking for information like your name, Social Security Number, date of birth, anything that if you go to apply for a new credit card online, they are going to ask for,” added Babin. “That’s the information they’re trying to get from you.”​

Experts say to order your social security earnings and benefits statement once a year to check for fraud.​

If you have disability benefits, regularly check their status, and review your statements to make sure they’re right.​

​Here are some tips to protect yourself from these types of identity theft scams:

  • Make sure you never give your social security number or account numbers to someone who calls you unsolicited.​
  • Don’t wire money or send money over the phone.

If you have a scam you’d like me to investigate, feel free to send me an email at smasters@klfy.com.​

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Overcast

Abbeville

76°F Overcast Feels like 77°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
94%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 71F. Winds light and variable.
74°F Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 71F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
3 mph SE
Precip
30%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous
Overcast

Crowley

72°F Overcast Feels like 72°
Wind
6 mph NE
Humidity
95%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Mainly cloudy. Low around 70F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
74°F Mainly cloudy. Low around 70F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wind
3 mph SE
Precip
30%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous
Overcast

Opelousas

70°F Overcast Feels like 70°
Wind
6 mph ENE
Humidity
98%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Mostly cloudy. Low 68F. Winds light and variable.
74°F Mostly cloudy. Low 68F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
3 mph SE
Precip
30%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous
Overcast

Breaux Bridge

74°F Overcast Feels like 74°
Wind
6 mph NE
Humidity
87%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Mainly cloudy. Low 69F. Winds light and variable.
74°F Mainly cloudy. Low 69F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
3 mph SE
Precip
30%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous
Overcast

New Iberia

78°F Overcast Feels like 81°
Wind
9 mph ENE
Humidity
87%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Showers early, becoming a steady rain late. Low 64F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near a half an inch. Locally heavy rainfall possible.
71°F Showers early, becoming a steady rain late. Low 64F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near a half an inch. Locally heavy rainfall possible.
Wind
3 mph SE
Precip
100%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous

Local News

More Local

Sidebar