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Senior Citizens Warned of Fake Emails Urging Enrollment in ‘my Social Security’

Popular new personal online accounts available at Social Security now attracting crooks to try ‘phishing’

May 14, 2013 – As a sure sign of the popularity of the new “my Social Security” account, the criminals are using "phishing" E-mails encouraging senior citizens to create an account. Rest assured, any email promoting this are not coming from the agency, according to information from the Social Security Administration.

The my Social Security account is a recently released new service for the public but the agency is not sending Emails to generate enrollment. To open one of these personal accounts, citizens should go directly to the my Social Security page. If you receive an email inviting you to join, do not click any links.

 

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How to detect a fraudulent E-mail message:

   ●  Any E-mail coming from Social Security will come from an E-mail address ending in “.gov”, although you should not trust the “From” address, since attackers can spoof this address.

   ●  Any E-mail coming from Social Security will not have E-mail addresses associated with private companies such as Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.

   ●  Look for poor word choice, phrasing, spelling, or extra words that are not needed in the text.

   ●  Links to Social Security websites will always begin with http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ or https://secure.ssa.gov/ (the slash after ".gov" is important). For example, you should not trust a link that looks like this: http://www.socialsecurity.gov.bx.co.rx/setup. If you are suspicious of a link in an E-mail, use your mouse to “hover over” the link to see the web address.

NOTE: Members of the public who receive phishing E-mails should forward them to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team at phishing-report@us-cert.gov. (http://www.us-cert.gov/nav/report_phishing.html).

In general, you should follow these rules when you are working online:

   ●  Do not open or respond to E-mails from people you do not know, as they may contain viruses or spyware. Additionally, never respond to E-mails requesting personal information. No reputable business or public agency will ever ask you for personal information in an E-mail address.

   ●  Only go to websites you trust and never click on links that appear suspicious. Criminals use phony websites and links to trick you into giving them personal information or downloading viruses or spyware.


About my Social Security

If you Receive Benefits or Have Medicare, you Can:

Use a my Social Security online account to:

   ●  Get your benefit verification letter;

   ●  Check your benefit and payment information and your earnings record;

   ●  Change your address and phone number; and

   ●  Start or change direct deposit of your benefit payment.

If you Do not Receive Benefits, you can:

Use a my Social Security online account to get your Social Security Statement, to review:

   ●  Estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits;

   ●  Your earnings record; and

   ●  The estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid.

How do I create a my Social Security Online account?

To create an account, you must provide some personal information about yourself and give us answers to some questions that only you are likely to know. Next, you create a username and password that you will use to access your online account. This process protects you and keeps your personal Social Security information private.

You may sign in or create an account to access your own personal information only. Unauthorized use of this service is a misrepresentation of your identity to the federal government and could subject you to criminal or civil penalties, or both.

   ●  To get started, select this button: Sign In or Create an Account


   ●  For more information about “phishing,” go to Onguard Online and Texas State University

   ●  For more information about the new personal account on the Social Secuirty site, go to my Social Security.

 

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