If you or someone you know is on Social Security, beware that identity thieves are trying to redirect Social Security payments to themselves before they reach the recipients. As you can see in this story by an investigator with NBC2 news, identity thieves that acquire your personal information like your social security number can pose as you and have the Social Security Administration redirect payments to a debit card that is difficult to trace.
To prevent this type of theft, it is important to guard your personal information. The Social Security Administration has warnings on their website that you can view here. Notice that they specifically warn not to provide your personal information to someone who calls or emails claiming to be with the Social Security Administration. Instead contact the SSA yourself to see if any information needs to be updated.
If you need to report Social Security fraud, click here to access a Fraud Report for the Office of the Inspector General. To learn more about identity theft and Social Security click here for the Identity Theft page from the Office of the Inspector General including information from the Federal Trade Commission.
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