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Good afternoon. I am sorry to hear about your health and what you are going through. No, they should not be able to go after your social security. When a collector sues you for the debt and wins a judgment, it can ask your bank or credit union to turn over money from your account. This is called a garnishment. Banks must automatically protect Social Security and VA benefits from garnishment if they are direct deposited into your account. Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be garnished to pay government debts such as back taxes or federal student loans, and debts for child or spousal support. Here is also a link to the Social Security website, advising of the same. https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/rulings/oasi/41/SSR79-04-oasi-41.html
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