Frauds & Scams

Inspector General Updates Public About OIG Impersonation Scheme

March 31, 2017 • By

Gale Stallworth Stone, the Acting Inspector General of Social Security, is urging citizens to remain vigilant of a nationwide telephone impersonation scheme.  Since alerting the public in early March about suspicious calls from people posing as Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigators, the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the OIG have received additional reports […]

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Does It Sound Too Good To Be True?

March 9, 2017 • By

Have you heard the expression, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”?  That is a good rule of thumb to spot a scam. Educating yourself is the best defense against fraud, identity theft, and scams. National Consumer Protection Week, sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), takes place March 5 to […]

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Inspector General Warns Public about Phone Calls from OIG “Imposters”

March 6, 2017 • By

The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about a nationwide telephone “imposter phishing” scheme. The Social Security Administration (SSA) and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have received several reports from citizens across the country about persons receiving phone calls from individuals posing as OIG investigators. The caller […]

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Protecting Your Identity is Important to Us

October 24, 2016 • By

Social Security is committed to protecting your identity and information. We often say that our online services are convenient, cost-effective, and secure to use. We know that in certain instances, like for victims of domestic violence, completely blocking access to your information may be necessary. If you are a victim of domestic violence, Social Security […]

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Don’t Let Scammers Prey on Your Generosity

September 12, 2016 • By

Natural disasters bring out the best in people. The ever-present generosity of Americans is front and center right now, as we try to help the victims of the Louisiana flood. Millions have given their time and donated to the relief funds and charities. Unfortunately, times like these also bring out people looking to profit from […]

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Protecting Your Social Security Number from Identity Theft

August 25, 2016 • By

Every year, millions of Americans become victims of identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personally identifiable information and pretends to be you. They can use this information to open bank or credit card accounts, file taxes, or make new purchases in your name.  

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Update to New Online Security

August 15, 2016 • By

On July 30, 2016, Social Security began requiring new and current my Social Security account holders to sign into their account using a one-time code sent via text message. This second layer of security that requires more than a username and a password is known as “multifactor authentication.” We recently mandated this second layer of security to […]

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New Online Security

August 3, 2016 • By

We’ve added an extra layer of security for our customers when they interact with us online. Now, my Social Security account holders are required to use their cell phone — in addition to their username and password — as another authentication factor during online registration and every sign in. An authentication factor is information used […]

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Learn the Signs, Help Prevent Elder Abuse

June 16, 2016 • By

For more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with financial benefits, information, and tools that provide a safety net throughout life’s journey. June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day that reminds us how important it is to protect seniors in our communities.

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Teaming Up to Prevent Elder Abuse

June 13, 2016 • By

Elder abuse is an epidemic. Unfortunately, statistics show that the number of older Americans physically, mentally and financially exploited is rising.

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