COVID-19 and Social Security Payments

The coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of society, with millions of Americans being asked to stay home and businesses forced to close their doors.  This situation has the millions of adults who rely on social security asking how COVID-19 could affect their livelihood.

The good news is that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will continue paying out benefits as normal during the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re already receiving your monthly checks, there’s no need to worry that you won’t receive your normal benefit amount. However, the local social security office has closed to the public. That means if you have a question or need help with your benefits, you’ll either need to call or go online to find answers.

Scammers have taken advantage of the situation to try to dupe unsuspecting victims. There have been recent reports of beneficiaries receiving fraudulent letters saying their benefits are going to be suspended due to the virus. Some fraudsters ask their victims to send cash in order to continue receiving their monthly checks. Do not fall for any of those scams! Be cautious if you receive an unsolicited call from the government, and never give personal information or money over the phone.

Reporting for WGRT – Marty Doorn