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.
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.
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
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
You may sign in or create an account to access your
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
● For more information about the new personal
account on the Social Secuirty site, go to
my Social Security.
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