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Social Security Scam: Beware False Emails from Social Security About Credit Report Safety

Posted on February 2, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is encouraging you to be on alert regarding a recent email scam. Fake email accounts pretending to be part of the SSA are sending emails with the subject line “Get Protected” that direct you to information regarding the safekeeping of your credit report.

The email warns about unauthorized use of your Social Security number and how it can affect your credit score and report. It then directs you to click on links to helpful resources for keeping your information safe. These links, which do not direct to government websites (designated with .gov addresses), take you to malicious websites that may install malware (viruses or spyware) or try to collect sensitive personal information.

If you receive an email from the SSA that goes directly to your spam or junk mail folder, it is likely a phishing attempt and you should delete it. Another way to tell if an email or website is truly from the SSA is to hover your mouse over the hyperlink in the email. If it shows that it goes to a .gov website it is a legitimate link, but any other URL is likely a scam.

You can report these phishing attempts by forwarding the email to spam@uce.gov as well as using your email provider’s spam reporting tools.

Remember that scammers can use your Social Security number and other personal identification such as full name, address, and birth date in a variety of harmful and illegal activities. Always safeguard this information and do not give it out unless you are speaking to a trusted source.

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