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Social Security benefits to be on time

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Commissioner of Social Security Andrew Saul is advising the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will continue to be paid on time amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency is also warning folks to be wary of scammers who try to leverage the pandemic to trick them into providing personal information or bogus payments via retail gift cards, wire transfers, Internet currency, or by mailing cash, in order to maintain Social Security benefit payments or receive economic impact statements from the Department of the Treasury.

“Social Security will pay monthly benefits on time and these payments will not be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Saul said. “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.”

The Department of the Treasury will soon provide information about economic impact payments under the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Treasury, not Social Security, will be making direct payments to eligible people. Please do not call Social Security about these payments as this agency has no information to share.

Social Security offices are closed to the public but the agency continues to direct the public to its online self-service options whenever possible. People can find their local field office telephone number at

Social Security is temporarily changing the national 800 number hours of operation. The new hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. local time. The agency is experiencing longer than normal wait times. Online services are at


Posted 4/1/2020





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