October 29, 2018 by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle- Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education
If you get a call that looks like it’s from the Social Security Administration (SSA), think twice. Scammers are spoofing SSA’s 1-800 customer service number to try to get your personal information. Spoofing means that scammers can call from anywhere, but they make your caller ID show a different number – often one that looks legit. Here are few things you should know about these so-called SSA calls.
These scam calls are happening across the nation, according to SSA: Your phone rings. Your caller ID shows that it’s the SSA calling from 1-800-772-1213. The caller says he works for the Social Security Administration and needs your personal information – like your Social Security number – to increase your benefits payments. (Or he threatens to cut off your benefits if you don’t give the information.) But it’s not really the Social Security Administration calling. Yes, it is the SSA’s real phone number, but the scammers on the phone are spoofing the number to make the call look real.
What can you do if you get one of these calls? Hang up. Remember:
- • SSA will not threaten you. Real SSA employees will never threaten you to get personal information. They also won’t promise to increase your benefits in exchange for information. If they do, it’s a scam.
- • If you have any doubt, hang up and call SSA directly. Call 1-800-772-1213 – that really is the phone number for the Social Security Administration. If you dial that number, you know who you’re getting. But remember that you can’t trust caller ID. If a call comes in from that number, you can’t be sure it’s really SSA calling.
- • If you get a spoofed call, report it. If someone calls, claiming to be from SSA and asking for information like your Social Security number, report it to SSA’s Office of Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or https://oig.ssa.gov/report. You can also report these calls to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.
For more tips, check out the FTC’s How to Stop Unwanted Calls and Government Imposter Scams. If you think someone has misused your personal information, go to IdentityTheft.gov to report identity theft and find out what steps to take.
by Andy Rausch and Joe Reinecker
SKIL CEO and President Shari Coatney took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to sit down and talk about the importance of voting in the disabled community.
So why is it important for the disabled to vote?
“Obviously it's our civil right and our responsibility to vote for those whom we feel can best represent us, but that's the corny politically-correct answer,” Coatney said. “The reality is that our lives really do depend on it. Justin Dart (father of the ADA) said, 'Vote like your life depends on it, because it usually does.' That's especially true here in Kansas, where we've seen the effects of what voting in the wrong politicians can do. Our lives have been extremely affected by the outcomes of those elections over the last decade, and we have paid the price severely. Especially when it comes to social services, which affect the disabled, children, and the elderly.
“The people who have really been affected by those things, who have really felt that bite, need to know it's time to take the power back by showing up to vote.” said Coatney. “They need to not just show up and vote, but they also need to be educated about who they're voting for. They need to let people know what their issues are and how they feel about things, and then they have to vote. Those are important things because again, our lives depend on it and our quality of life is going to be affected. And do I believe people may have died as a consequence of the people who have been elected? I absolutely do. People have had to fight so hard to get on Medicaid or to get insurance and to get access to medical services, that I do believe there are people who have died. There are people who have waited so long, and even fallen off the waiting list for services and were forgotten when there were changes to the social services program. And now people are still waiting for services and don't get referred for free services or don't have access to programs that can help them get by until they get the services they need.
“I'm certain people have died and fallen through the cracks,” said Coatney. “It's insane that people with disabilities now have to wait ten years to access the services they need. And these are the reasons that it's imperative that we, the disabled community, get out there and vote.”
Many people say they don't vote because they don't know how to vote or they don't know if they are registered to vote. Don't let these questions be the reason you don't vote. Both of these questions can be answered easily at the following link: Ksvotes.org. Early voting ballots can also be obtained there so you don't even have to leave your house.
The Disability Rights Center of Kansas, a 501(c)3 public interest legal advocacy agency, has two open Advocate positions. Salary of each is approximately $15.38 per hour ($32K annualized), depending on experience. One Advocate position will work with Kansans with disabilities who are victims of crime and the other will work with all Kansans with disabilities. Both positions will advocate with and on behalf of Kansas clients with disabilities. Advocates will work under the direction of a licensed attorney, in order to provide effective legally-based advocacy services to Kansans with disabilities. Advocates help obtain justice and protect the rights of Kansans with disabilities.
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The Kansas Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (KSYLF) is currently searching for motivated young leaders to attend the nineteenth annual forum held July 8-13, 2019 at Washburn University in Topeka. We are also searching for adults to serve as volunteers for the week of the KSYLF.
The KSYLF is an annual conference that is heading into its nineteenth year serving students with disabilities across the state. During the forum, delegates enjoy a week full of learning, fun, friends, and, most of all, a new sense of empowerment! Through various large sessions, delegates are able to hear from community leaders on such topics as disability history, advocacy, goal setting, leadership, resources, and much more. Students are also able to share life experiences, goals, and ideas during breakout sessions with small groups. By week's end, all delegates will have stated their future plans and career goals in their very own Personal Leadership Plan.
Aside from large and small group sessions, students participate in a variety of fun activities as well. A trip to the Capitol is always a highlight of the week. Students are able to tour the Capitol building, as well as participate in a legislative activity in the Senate Chambers. Other activities include a mentor luncheon where delegates are paired with an adult from their area who has a similar career interest, and a talent show where participants are able to share their unique abilities with the group. Other fun activities include a recreation session, real life fair, a barbecue, and a dance, which is always a delegate favorite!
All students who are interested in attending the KSYLF must meet the following criteria:
- Reside in Kansas.
- Have a disability as defined with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
- Be in the 11th or 12th grade as of December 31, 2018. Please note: Students who are in an 18-21 transition program qualify to apply as well.
- Have demonstrated leadership potential or interest in school and the community. Remember, leadership comes in many forms!
There will be no cost for students who are selected to attend. All lodging, food, and accommodations are paid for through KSYLF funds. Accommodations such as personal care attendants, sign language interpreters, large print or Braille materials, and other accommodations will be provided for those delegates who need them.
Students must fill out an application that will be reviewed through a competitive selection process. About 20 - 25 delegates will be selected to attend. The delegate application deadline for the 2019 Forum is December 15, 2018.
KSYLF is also accepting applications for volunteers for our 2019 Forum. We are searching for committed, enthusiastic people who are willing to devote a week to this great program. Do you have the skills and passion to help facilitate groups and motivate youth with disabilities? Then consider serving as a volunteer at this year's KSYLF.
Past volunteers, KSYLF alumni, and new volunteers are encouraged to apply! Volunteer applicants must fill out our application form, as well as two background checks, and send to the KYEA office. Volunteer applications are due by February 5, 2019.