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If you’re on Social Security, expect payments to be on time, and be wary of scammers

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WASHINGTON D.C. (HOI) - A news release from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is reminding people that their Social Security benefit payments will be paid on time through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The office is also warning people to watch out for scammers trying to trick people into providing personal information. They said there are scams out there trying to get people to either provide personal information or make payments with retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or cash to keep getting Social Security benefits.

“I want our beneficiaries to be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping or somehow changing your Social Security payments, but that is not true.  Don’t be fooled," said Commissioner, Andrew Saul.

Under the new CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), you might expect economic impact payments as well. The SSA said that will be handled through The Department of the Treasury.

If you have questions for the SSA, their offices are closed to maintain physical distancing, but you can call them or use their self-service portal online. The wait times via phone are longer than usual, so they are asking people to be patient. You can call between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Molly Jirasek

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