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Older Americans wishing for a few more bucks as inflation sends prices higher should not pin their hopes on a recent Facebook post promising nearly $2,000.
"People born before 1957 are getting $1,728 added to their Social Security checks if they register below," reads the text in a July 21 Facebook post.
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
The post linked to a website with a "savingpower.life" url that says "giving up to $1,728 yearly SS check boost to seniors age 65+."
"If you are currently enrolled in Medicare, a latest ‘giveback’ benefit program is giving up to $1,728 yearly boost to SS checks," the site said.
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people 65 or older.
The site guides users through questions about name, age and location and ends on a page promising "great news!" Viewing the results requires entering an email and phone number, but we found that entering a fake email and phone number worked just fine for this fact-check.
The "great news" on the next page is not $1,728, but advertisements for Medicare supplement insurance.
This site is affiliated with neither the Social Security Administration nor the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
A spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told PolitiFact that the claim in the post is "false information."
In a statement, the spokesperson said that "CMS is making no such payments" and noted that "scammers target people with Medicare, as older Americans are particularly vulnerable to fraud and scams."
Medicare beneficiaries should share their Medicare number only with their doctor, pharmacist, hospital, health insurer, or other trusted healthcare provider, the agency said.
A Social Security Administration spokesperson told PolitiFact that "if people have questions about the validity of any of the programs administered by Social Security, we encourage them to visit our website for the most accurate and up-to-date information."
We found no $1,728 entitlement on the agency’s website.
We rate this post False.
Social Security Administration, Support, visited Aug. 19, 2022
Social Security Administration, If you are a survivor, visited Aug. 19, 2022
Email interview with Darren Lutz, spokesperson, Social Security Administration, Aug. 19, 2022
Statement from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Aug. 19, 2022
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