Social Security OIG Warns About Phishing Scheme

The Social Security Office of the Inspector General (OIG) sent a national warning about an email phishing scheme late last week. The phishing attempt states that a problem might exist with the target person’s Social Security number (SSN) record and provides a link to a website intended to mimic the official Social Security website. Following…
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Social Security Numbers For Twins

Q: I am expecting twins soon. Could they have Social Security numbers in numerical order to make them easier to remember? A: Decades ago before computerization this could have been done but it is not a good idea. With the random method used to issue Social Security numbers (SSN) today, the possibility of sequential numbers…
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Email To My Social Security Accounts – 1099 Reminder

Email messages are occasionally sent to groups of people who have created their personal my Social Security account. These emails provide general information only, do not contain any personal information about you and do not request any personal information from you. Sometimes people receiving these emails contact Social Security to verify that the message is…
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Changing Direct Deposit

Q: How long will it take Social Security to change my direct deposit account? A: This depends on computer processing dates during the month, your payment date and when you contact Social Security to report the change. Direct deposit is the term for electronically sending your benefit payment directly to your financial institution. Benefits should…
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Fraud Prevention Ideas

All of us have heard frequent reminders about not giving out personal information as an important part of protecting against ID theft. Sometimes we forget and are tricked into disclosing information normally protected or are included in a mass information loss. If so, then what? A good first step is to visit the Federal Trade…
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