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Old 08-18-2019, 02:55 PM
 
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The letters are coming from the Office of Central Operations

They are withholding "overpaid social security benefits". I have been receiving benefits since 1967! The cuts are very large.

I am told to contact the Inspector General's Fraud Hotline, if I have questions. Fraud?

What's going on? Has anyone else received any of these letters.
Make sure you verify that the phone number in the letter matches the official numbers for that agency within SS.
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Old 08-18-2019, 02:59 PM
 
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This can happen for any number of reasons and they will garnish your check with penalties and back payments owed. Happened to several individuals who were my clients when I was working as a social worker. If the information as to why was not included, you need to contact them for further information.
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Old 08-18-2019, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Stinks of scam. Throw it away
That is horrible advice. If there is any doubt at all that it might be real, it is easy enough to get a phone number for social security that you know is valid and call to check it out.
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Old 08-18-2019, 03:31 PM
 
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You've been collecting for a long time. I have a friend who was getting disability and there was some issue (I don't know what exactly) related to the renewal of her claim. She may or may not have known about this, but the checks kept coming. Later she got her benefits reduced in some kind of a claw-back of overpaid benefits. Could it be something like that? I don't know whether she was guilty of fraud (knowingly blowing off renewal requirements?) or whether she was really clueless about some requirements... either way, SS wanted the dough back and they got it.

Another friend had her benefits reduced for a different reason. She was collecting spousal benefits before full retirement age and working part time. Above a certain income (not very high!) SS will reduce spousal payments if you're under full retirement age. It takes awhile though for SS to catch up with your income earning if you don't report it yourself. She went about a year and a half both collecting SS and also working, so the claw-back of over-payments was pretty steep for a while (I think she said they cut her benefit by half) until she'd paid back the over-payments.
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Old 08-18-2019, 03:34 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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52 years. And you are now in Denmark? I can think of all manner of reasons for an inquiry now. Did you timely file updates on your disability status over the years when asked?


Thats a very good question.

I've gotten 2 letters (2010 and 2018) regarding the review of my disability and the forms I as well as my doctor needed to fill out. Sent them back what they requested and within 2 weeks got a reply that said "we sent you a letter telling you that we were going to review your disability case. However, we do not need to review your case at this time. We will keep any information that you have given us."

I'm one of those people that gets back to the IRS or Social Security office likity split when asked. I can dawdle but not with them.
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Old 08-18-2019, 03:34 PM
 
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OP here's a couple of articles explaining your situation...

Overpayment questions/answers...
https://ctlawhelp.org/en/ssi-overpayments

https://ctlawhelp.org/en/ssi-overpayments

SS Fraud Schemes

https://oig.ssa.gov/newsroom/news-re.../oct9-advisory
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Old 08-18-2019, 05:06 PM
 
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The letters are coming from the Office of Central Operations

They are withholding "overpaid social security benefits". I have been receiving benefits since 1967! The cuts are very large.

I am told to contact the Inspector General's Fraud Hotline, if I have questions. Fraud?

What's going on? Has anyone else received any of these letters.
Are you double dipping disability in Denmark as well?
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Old 08-18-2019, 05:10 PM
 
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Are you double dipping disability in Denmark as well?
That's an interesting possibility. SS will ding your benefits in the states if you're getting certain other forms of assistance and not declaring it.
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Old 08-18-2019, 05:19 PM
 
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That's an interesting possibility. SS will ding your benefits in the states if you're getting certain other forms of assistance and not declaring it.
What if you qualify for benefits in both countries? SSA dings your benefits in another country even if you qualify for them?
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Old 08-18-2019, 05:48 PM
 
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What if you qualify for benefits in both countries? SSA dings your benefits in another country even if you qualify for them?
Not sure but it makes sense that they would. Income is income as long as you are collecting from them and obviously a U.S. citizen.
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