SSA: How to Protect Yourself From Scams

SSA: How to Protect Yourself From Scams

The Social Security Administration is constantly warning Americans about schemes and frauds. Most recently, the SSA and Inspector General received reports of suspicious phone calls claiming to be from the Social Security Administration, when it fact they were not.

Here are some tips from the agency to protect yourself:

1) Understand the threats. Fraudsters use many types of methods to attempt to take your money...impersonation, advance free, and phishing. For example, they might contact you and claim to be from the SSA or IRS and request personal information. They might send emails or text messages that look legitimate. Be aware of the different types of schemes so you can avoid them.

2) Exercise Caution. Always verify the identity of anyone who asks for your personal information. If you’re being pressured to provide information or money over the phone, simply hang up. And,

3) Secure your information. Store your Social Security card in a safe place, don’t carry it with you if you don’t need to. Shred documents with personal information on them. Equip your computers with anti-virus software and regularly check your credit reports for suspicious activity.

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