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The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites always use a .gov or .mil domain. Before sharing sensitive information online, make sure you’re on a .gov or .mil site by inspecting your browser’s address (or “location”) bar.
This site is also protected by an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate that’s been signed by the U.S. government. The https:// means all transmitted data is encrypted — in other words, any information or browsing history that you provide is transmitted securely.
SSA BEST, and its partner site Benefits.gov, will never ask for information that could be used to identify you (e.g., name, address, phone number, Social Security number, or bank accounts.) If you have been asked to provide personal information or payment to receive government benefits, it may be a scam. Keep the following things in mind if you think you may be invovled in a scam:
SSA BEST is completely free to use.
SSA BEST will never give you money for benefits, grants, or government benefits and will never ask you for bank account information. In order to receive a benefit from the government, you must apply for one.
SSA BEST does not accept applications and will never ask you for personally identifiable information.
SSA BEST only corresponds with users by email in response to submissions to our Help Center.
Submitting a 'Contact Us' form is a great way to let SSA BEST know about a problem with the website or an issue with information on the website. Once you submit a 'Contact Us' form, a member of the SSA BEST Response Team will be in touch to respond to your inquiry. For questions about Social Security benefits, contact the U.S. Social Security Administration directly for more information.