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This Social Security scam is just evil

Michelle Singletary of The Washington Post reports on ever more bold schemes to get people to hand over personal information.  This latest is a somewhat typical “go buy gift cards right now” scheme.  She shared the following tips from the Social Security Administration:  1.) Don’t answer calls from numbers you don’t recognize.  2.) Never give out personal information such as your account numbers, passwords, Social Security number, mother’s maiden name or other identifying information if a call seems suspicious.  3.) Government employees will not threaten to take away benefits or ask for money or personal information to protect your Social Security card or benefits.  4.) If you receive a call from someone asking for your Social Security number, bank account number or credit card information, don’t engage this caller. Instead, hang up and report that information to SSA’s Office of the Inspector General via its online fraud-reporting form.  Read full piece here.



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