Privacy & Identity

Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers

February 13, 2020 • By

Recently, we launched a new Public Service Announcement campaign as our latest step to caution you about the ongoing nationwide telephone impersonation scheme. The videos feature a message from our Commissioner, Andrew Saul. Along with our Office of the Inspector General, we continue to receive reports about fraudulent phone calls and emails from people falsely claiming they’re […]

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How You Can Help Social Security Protect Others

August 8, 2019 • By

Scams have become an unfortunate part of doing business online or via phone. Many people have received a call or voicemail from someone warning them that their Social Security number or benefits are suspended due to suspicious activity. It’s an alarming scam and one we must help people identify so that they do not become […]

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National Data Privacy Day

January 28, 2019 • By

Far too often, the news alerts consumers about potential data breaches and concerns over the privacy of their personal data. In 2018, several major breaches affected millions. Questions and concerns about data and privacy are on the rise. To highlight the importance of data privacy, Congress decreed January 28 as National Data Privacy Day. This […]

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Beware of Scammers Pretending to be Social Security

January 17, 2019 • By

In the digital age, frauds and scams are an unfortunate part of doing business online. During the holiday season, Social Security has traditionally seen a spike in phishing scams, and we want to protect you as best we can.

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National Consumer Protection Week

March 8, 2018 • By

Looking to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft, and scams? This week, March 4-10, is National Consumer Protection Week, when we join the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to help consumers understand their rights and make well-informed decisions about money.

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Is that Phone Call From Us?

October 30, 2017 • By

It’s the morning of a busy day at home and you get a call from an unknown number. You answer only to find yourself on the receiving end of a threatening message saying your Social Security benefits will stop immediately unless you provide your personal information. It happens every day to thousands of Americans.  And […]

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Don’t Become the Catch of the Day

August 31, 2017 • By

Verifying and protecting your identity is of great importance to us at Social Security. We dedicated an entire section of our website to explaining how we process your information online and verify Social Security numbers. We include helpful tips you should be aware of on avoiding identity theft schemes and ways to make your online […]

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Inspector General Warns Public About SSA Employee Impersonation Scheme

July 20, 2017 • By

The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about a new Social Security Administration (SSA) employee impersonation scheme.  SSA and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have recently alerted citizens about an OIG employee impersonation scheme and a scheme targeting former clients of Kentucky disability attorney Eric Conn; the […]

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Adding Additional Security to Protect What’s Important to You

May 4, 2017 • By

Social Security continues to evaluate and improve how we protect what’s important to you. We take this responsibility seriously, and we have a robust cyber-security program in place to help protect the personal information you entrust to us. Adding additional security measures to safeguard your personal information — but making them easy to use — […]

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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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