Frauds & Scams

Protect Yourself from Identity Thieves

February 8, 2024 • By

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Identity theft is when someone uses your personal information to impersonate you or steal from you. Did you know the consequences of identity theft are not just financial? These crimes have significant effects on relationships at work and home. They impact physical, mental, and emotional health and lead to lost opportunities for victims that are […]

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New Year’s Resolutions to Combat Scams

December 28, 2023 • By

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Next year, resolve to protect yourself from scams that can damage your finances and reputation. Ring in 2024 with some smart resolutions to protect your personal information! Stay informed of the latest scam trends Fraudsters continue to change their tactics. Stay informed by: Following reliable news sources. Subscribing to scam alert newsletters. Staying connected with […]

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Social Security and Scam Awareness

November 16, 2023 • By

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Social Security imposter scams continue to be widespread across the United States. Scammers use targeted, sophisticated tactics to deceive you into providing sensitive information or money. If you receive a suspicious letter, text, email, or call, do not respond. We want you to know how to identify a scammer and avoid becoming a victim. Did […]

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Stay Alert: Fraudsters Target Veterans, Active-Duty Service Members, and Their Families

November 9, 2023 • By

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Did you know that fraudsters target veterans, active-duty service members, and their families at a higher rate than they do civilians? They are also 40% more likely than their civilian counterparts to lose money to scams and schemes. Why? Fraudsters follow the money. Service members receive a steady paycheck, and many veterans receive regular benefit […]

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Protecting Your Retirement Money

September 28, 2023 • By

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World Investor Week, which kicks off October 2, is a great opportunity for investors to learn how to avoid scams. It’s particularly important for those planning their retirement to learn how to protect their hard-earned retirement money against fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy provides online resources to […]

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Combating Injustice

June 15, 2023 • By

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The COVID-19 pandemic may have led us to focus more on ourselves – and forget about checking in with others. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day reminds us about the importance of staying in touch with older persons. Elder abuse is the intentional mistreatment or harming of an older person. An older person is defined by […]

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Minimizing the Risk of Scams for People Living with Dementia

June 13, 2023 • By

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Financial crime against older Americans is a growing problem. People living with dementia are at an especially high risk of becoming victims of fraud and financial abuse. That’s why we’re grateful for Social Security’s unwavering commitment to combatting fraud. As their memory and other thinking skills decline, people with dementia may struggle to make financial […]

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Slam the Scam: Keep Your Personal Information Safe

March 16, 2023 • By

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Do you know how to spot a government imposter scam? Knowing how to identify potential scammers will help safeguard your personal information. There are common elements to many of these scams. Scammers often exploit fears and threaten you with arrest or legal action. Scammers also pose as Social Security or other government employees and claim […]

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Social Security and OIG Hold Annual Slam the Scam Day

March 8, 2023 • By

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Social Security scams are an ongoing government imposter fraud scheme. We continue to raise public awareness about Social Security imposter scams during the fourth annual “Slam the Scam” Day on March 9. For several years, Social Security impersonation scams have been one of the most common government imposter scams reported to the Federal Trade Commission. […]

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How We Protect You from Misleading Advertising and Communications

February 23, 2023 • By

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At the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), we work together with Social Security to protect you from scams that use Social Security as bait. Section 1140 of the Social Security Act allows OIG to impose penalties against anyone who engages in misleading Social Security-related advertising or imposter communications. For example, we may impose a […]

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