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Fake Social Security Email Tries To Scam Unsuspecting Consumers

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CHICAGO, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Consumers need to be extra cautious if they receive an email seeming to be from the Social Security Administration. Not only are fraudulent emails with malicious links offering “new features” to monitor finances floating around, but new and fake emails urging consumers to create a My Social Security account are making the rounds. The Social Security Administration has issued an alert on their site to be on the lookout for email phishing and AARP Illinois is helping to warn consumers regarding the new scam.

“Fraudsters are getting craftier as technology advances,” said AARP Illinois Communications Manager, Gerardo Cardenas. “The emails they’re sending are looking more realistic and the websites they’re linking to are near replicas of the real thing. Consumers have to be extremely aware of their tricks and what they need to look out for to protect themselves and their personal information.”

The emails circulating appear to be sent directly from the Social Security Administration encouraging consumers to create a My Social Security account—a new online portal that allows for consumers to make requests for new Social Security cards, check the status of their future retirement, disability and survivors benefits, and more. The website linked in the email looks identical to the official site and has the potential to obtain people’s social security number and other sensitive personal information.

If you’ve received an email seeming to be from the SSA be aware that:

SOURCE AARP Illinois

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9 comments
Ken Bloom
Ken Bloom

I fear that dead people may be a deciding vote in the next election.

Anatole Evans
Anatole Evans

Anyone not shouting about our corrupt and broken political system is part of the problem! When I see HRC smile and pay lip service to what Bernie Sanders has been fighting for his whole political career it makes my blood boil! Clinton's done more damage to black families than the KKK! Do your home work on the private prison industry and the get tough on crime legislation and the resulting militarization of the police! HRC and Bill Clinton as guilty as sin!!! I think the notion that congress will work in harmony with HRC has been completely dispelled! Yes I think that revolution is going to be necessary!!! Without a revolution nothing changes! Question is who is energizing voters! Who is growing the voter base? Who will turn out young voters? Who will get voters out that traditionally don't vote? Who is getting the independent vote? By far Bernie Sanders is the best hope for meaningful change and HRC is the best candidate for more status quo and republican obstruction! Look at the polling trajectory of where Sanders started and how far HRC has fallen! Amazing and totally missing from the discussion! Hillary Clinton is asking us to believe the corrupting influence of money does not change congressional bills and votes! She is asking us to believe the one percent are spending billions in lobbying for no reason! If you are buying this I got some things I would like to sell you!!! Yes the media blackout is in full effect! Check out Trump coverage Vs. Sanders!!! Guns and abortion! Keeping the people distracted and stuck on stupid! Divide and conquer! Only rich lives matter? Stand up to Hill first!! Trump is next! About as fair and balanced as the Corporate media! Feel the Bern! The two party system has been playing the same game for forty years! The only ones benefiting and getting what they want is the one percent! Just a trending news story brought to you by repetition creates reality inc. Also brought to you by just ignore Bernie Sanders inc. Not all that different from how Bill Cosby handled these questions! Bill Clinton is just a much better liar! Check out the list of allegations and the number of women making them! I believe victims and I don't trust the Clintons! Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby used power, intimidation, and a persona larger than life to silence a lot of women! Just wrong! Rape was part of the allegations and money was paid out! How many women need to come forward before we believe them? HRC is enabler in chief!

Susanne Nelson
Susanne Nelson

Our SS office told us they would never communicate via email. They use snail mail

Brian Fox
Brian Fox

Note: I work at Social Security, but do not speak on behalf of the agency.

Brian Fox
Brian Fox

Unless you specifically signed up for My Social Security, you can ignore emails that claim to be SSA. The legitimate My Social Security emails will tell you to log in to the site, and won't present you a link. Otherwise, you'll get a notice in your physical mail.

David Yee
David Yee

My mother always had the best advice: No one can take advantage of you unless you allow it--because they play on the baser emotions of greed (often the prospect of 'something for nothing'), fear, or even hatred. Being aware of just the emotions that these scams play on is often the best way to identify one.

Athena
Athena

Thank you, IVN team. This article presents some great advice and information. These emails get you to click on a scammer’s link, which allows the scammer to install malware on your computer. The email may even go as far as including a link to a lookalike website set up by the scammer, to trick you into entering personal information.