Social Security Number scammers are at it again

Credit to Author: Jovi Umawing| Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:05:26 +0000

The Federal Trade Commission recently released a warning about a sharp increase in Social Security Number scammers. Have you gotten one of their robocalls? Here’s how to recognize the scam and what to do about it.



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Registered at SSA.GOV? Good for You, But Keep Your Guard Up

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:43:29 +0000

KrebsOnSecurity has long warned readers to plant your own flag at the my Social Security online portal of the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) — even if you are not yet drawing benefits from the agency — because identity thieves have been registering accounts in peoples’ names and siphoning retirement and/or disability funds. This is the story of a Midwest couple that took all the right precautions and still got hit by ID thieves who impersonated them to the SSA directly over the phone. In mid-December 2017 this author heard from Ed Eckenstein, a longtime reader in Oklahoma whose wife Ruth had just received a snail mail letter from the SSA about successfully applying to withdraw benefits. The letter confirmed she’d requested a one-time transfer of more than $11,000 from her SSA account. The couple said they were perplexed because both previously had taken my advice and registered accounts with MySocialSecurity, even though Ruth had not yet chosen to start receiving SSA benefits.

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