27 thoughts on “During Hurricane Season, Be Prepared with Electronic Payments

  1. In my opinion and it is just my opinion, you should make it easier for those of us that live overseas to do what we need online, like those in the states. It is much easier and less frustrating. One thing make an online account for those that live overseas, that we can just go there, like the online account you can get in the states? Why should we be left out when it comes to ease of taking care of business like in the states. I am an American citizen, I just choose to live overseas because my wife is not a US citizen, and we need to take care of her mother, before we can come back to the states. So please don’t exclude us because we don’t live in the states.

    • We are sorry for the inconvenience, Rick. The “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for issuing an account. People with APO/FPO/DPO addresses can create an account overseas, but our system does not support registration and account creation for users with a foreign address yet. However, you do not need a U.S. address to access our website or to file online for benefits. Please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to your Social Security benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We thank you for your feedback.

      • I am also an American citizen and live in India due to marriage to an Indian citizen. I am 75 years old and worked for 30 years to earn my social security pension. I go through hell trying to get any info or help from Social Security because I don’t have a stateside address. The Manila Social Security Office is of no help and don’t know what they are doing. To not allow us to an online account is a cop-out. I have been registered with the American Embassy in New Delhi for 20 years. They could easily verify my address and other info needed by Social Security. I resent this discrimination against ex-pats. No matter where one lives our pensions are hard-earned.

  2. Electronic payment of benefits is supposed to mandatory.Why is SSA making exceptions??? The field offices are crowded enough!!!

    • SSA is not making exceptions. It is Treasury since they release all payments. However, after so many months they will contact the recipients and demand deposit information or they will set up a debit account.

  3. Electronic fund transfer is so when you die the govt can quickly yank the last payment out of your account. So when someone dies be slow to notify them. The banks are closed in a hurricane and you can’t get your money. Think of what it will be if there is a emp;( electro magnetic pulse ) and nothing electronic works. There will be mass confusion, no gas and nothing electronic would work. no i phones…nothing!! The last 2 generations wouldn’t know what to do and many of the ones before them!! CHAOS!!

  4. Only GOD can protect us from ….!No one seeing care is about rules and regulations.now is one agency call Equifax stoling People identify….! I think i am of them…..!

    • Yep, you probably are, and still this has nothing to do with direct deposit. And since it is mandatory and 99% of all recipients have DD, this article was a waste of everyone’s time.

  5. I find it strange that Social Security has been sending me my pension check for 11 years straight into my Indian bank account but doesn’t trust me enough to let me communicate with them online. all expats should register with the American Embassy. They personally know me and have helped me out in verifying my identity with other agencies. Yet, I must assume that for unknown reason that Social Security does not find their verification to be valid.
    It takes me months to get a reply from Social Security Administration in US and often I never get one at all.

    • Thanks for your feedback, Luisa! We value your opinion of us and look forward to many more years of serving you in the future.

  6. someone stoled my optium bank card which I have not activated yet and have been putting prescriptions and bills using my ssnumber because my phone number is linked with my ssnumber. and I didnot know this.Someone has stolen my sscard also. I am fighting my utility company because somene charged $2756.00
    to my account using my cellphone.

  7. I need to get my check sent to my card ending in 0745.
    I don’t use the Western Union card anymore but for the last 3 months my check has been sent to it. Then
    I have to get Netspend to transfer the funds to my Visa with 0745 on the end.

    Please see if this can be straightened out before the next check is issued. Also my address has been changed

    i

    have to get funds transferred to my. Visa card ending in 0745.

  8. I want to know about the electronic megnegtic pulse that’s going to occur on Nov4th thru Nov6th shouldn’t the public take some kind of precaution? Could someone please contact me when u get this

  9. Question. If you currently live in PR and are relocating to Pennsylvania due to the Hurricanes (Irma and Maria) will the social security amount change by state?

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