Phishing – computer fraud warning

The Social Security website, www.socialsecurity.gov, has a warning about a “phishing” computer fraud. 

This particular warning is about a false email message pretending to promote use of my Social Security accounts. An unsolicited email contains links not related to the Social Security Administration, which, if followed, could result in theft of your personal information.

Emails of this type are not from Social Security. SSA does not send emails to promote my Social Security nor does agency personnel make cold calls for this. Official Social Security letters are sent by regular surface mail.

Establishing your my Social Security account is a good idea. The direct link to do so is http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/ or reach it through the Social Security homepage, www.socialsecurity.gov.

A personal my Social Security account can be established by anyone at least age 18, with different services available depending if the person is receiving Social Security benefits or not.

Protect your personal information. Read the phishing alert at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/internetphishingalert.html.

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