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Social Security Warns Against $600 Payment Increase Scam

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) is alerting the public about false online claims that Social Security recipients will receive a $600 payment increase or a new stimulus check this month. SSA Commissioner Martin O’Malley confirmed that these reports are entirely untrue.

The rumor has caused significant confusion, leading to over 463,000 calls to SSA in one day. The agency emphasized that no such payment increase or stimulus check is forthcoming and urged recipients to disregard these false claims. Last year, Americans lost over $126.5 million to Social Security scams, making it the top government imposter scam according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Official updates about Social Security payments, including the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), can only be found on the government’s official website or through direct communication from the SSA. The COLA for 2025 will be announced in October, with any changes reflected in January 2025 payments.

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