Did You See the TV Commercial for SocialSecurity211.com and/or Visit Their Website?
Did you see the tv commercial for SocialSecurity211.com in which they said SocialSecurity211.com? Or "you could get an extra $1,000 added to family members' Social Security checks"? Did you then call them or visit their website and sign up for the "free report"? We are interested in hearing from people who have contacted SocialSecurity211.com so we can report what happened to them. There is not enough hard, factual information yet to know if they are legitimate or a scam; but there are a number of red flags to make people suspicious.
What makes it suspicious?
- Their claims seem unbelievable:
"...collect up to an extra $152,000 in Social Security payments.",
"A simple way you could get an extra $1,000 added to family members' Social Security checks"
- There is very little about SocialSecurity211.com to be found in Google.
- Their website was just created a few weeks ago (2013-08-13)
- Their website resolves (redirects) to this page on "NewsMax". See this review of "NewsMax".
- In order to obtain their "Free report", you must provide a credit card and "All we ask is that you cover the processing fee of $1.97 (See order page for complete details!)."
Reports from consumers about SocialSecurity211.com:
Reviews, Reports and Information About SocialSecurity211.com
Social Security 211 is also the name associated with a section of federal regulation that deals with net earnings from self-employment. For the actual code, see this page on the Social Security Administration government website: Sec. 211. [42 U.S.C. 411] Net Earnings From Self-Employment.
TThere are several websites that focus on questions and complaints from consumers about commercial products and services. The links below go to pages on these other websites were you can read reviews, reports and complaints associated with SocialSecurity211.com:
- YahooAnswers - "I went to the site, and when I got to them asking for my Credit Card for shipping, I go nervous. "
- JustAnswer.com - "MyVirtualCPA: I have looked at the site socialsecurity211.com and it does not appear to be a legitimate website"
- Federal Trade Commission - request to them to investigate
Who is "SocialSecurity211.com"?
The domain is register through GoDaddy in the name of Scot Harris, from a PO Box in West Palm Beach, Florida (see below) from GoDaddy:
WHOIS search results:
Domain Name: SOCIALSECURITY211.COM
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2013-08-13 08:37:43
Creation Date: 2013-08-13 08:37:43
Registrar Expiration Date: 2015-08-13 08:37:43
Registrant Name: Scot Harris
Registrant Street: PO Box 20989
Registrant City: West Palm Beach
Registrant State/Province: Florida
Registrant Postal Code: 33409
Admin Phone: 561-686-1165
Admin Email: email@example.com
Name Server: NS25.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
Name Server: NS26.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
There appears to be another website making identical claims and the page looks identical:
We do not know if they are related, but if not, it would appear to be an unbelievable coincidence.
A Google search for "Scot Harris West Palm Beach FL" turns up a law firm of that name and a LinkedIn page for a Scot Harris in Boca Raton.
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What to do about it
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