I received a call today from a woman claiming to be from Social Security. She wanted to let me know that my disability benefits had been approved without the need to go to a hearing. She told me I could either receive a paper check in the mail, which obviously would take several days to a week, of if I would give her my bank account / routing info, they could make a direct deposit immediately. I told her I was reticent to give her that info over a cell phone, so she gave me the 800-772-1213 number to call and said give them the info and tell them it was an 'MDW' claim. She then gave me another number, 816-936-4555, and asked me to call her back to let her know when I had given the bank info to the people at the 800 number's office. She said she would then be able to call up the info on the computer to go forward with the direct deposit of the money into my bank account. She told me her name was 'Mary Jean.' I called my attorney's office and told them about the call and they said they would look into it to determine if Soc Sec had indeed make a decision. They said this is not the normal way that Soc Sec would notify a person about the status of a pending case. At this point I have not received a call back from my attorney's office, so I have taken no other action. I then received a call-back from the Mary Jean person asking me if I had called the 800 number yet, and I told her no, I had not. She said 'Ok, then, I'll just go ahead with processing this as a request for a paper check to be mailed to the recipient's home address. She did not ask me for that info, and I did not offer it. She said I would receive the check sometime early next week. Today is Thursday, so I should get a check early next week.' This whole thing seems a bit odd and scammy to me. I am waiting for my attorney to call me back to let me know if this is legit, or if it is not. I did call the 800 number myself and it was a completely automated answering service type system that purported to be Soc Sec. It sent me through a maze of choices to make using my keypad on my phone or speaking the right words after listening to a list of selection possibilities. It all sounded very Soc Sec like, but when I got to the part asking me for my Soc Sec number, I then hung up. Did not want to go further if this is truly a scam. Suggest you not give out info on this 800 number and instead you should contact Soc Sec directly by calling the number of your local Soc Sec office (or whichever branch is processing your claim). Or you could call your attorney, as I did, to let them handle the call and get back to you. I suggest caution if urged to call this number.