As a trusted advocate for crime prevention in our community, Sheriff J. Walt Femling recommends senior citizens and people with disabilities protect themselves from financial crime by obtaining their federal benefits electronically–through GO DIRECT.
Offered by the U.S. Treasury Department it allows citizens receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to direct deposit into their bank account without the risk of loss or theft. It’s the safest, easist way for people to get their federal benefits.
In 2007, nearly 60,000 U.S. Treasury issued paper checks, totalling $56 million dollars, were fraudulently endorsed and more than 700,000 checks were reported lost or stolen. Switching from paper checks to electronic payments is a quick wasy and safe way to prevent theft from the mail or on the street. Electronic payment is also convenient. The money is there in your bank account on payment day each month, so there’s no need to wait for the mail or to worry about cashing a paper check.
To sign up for direct deposit, call the toll free GO DIRECT helpline at (800)333-1795 (or for assistance in spanish call (800)333-1792). You can also sign up online at www.GoDirect.org (or in spanish at www.DirectoASuCuenta.org). Go Direct is also available at most local banks, credit unions or Social Security Administration offices.