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Fake Social Security Email Promises Protection, Scams You Instead

January 19th, 2016 · No Comments · Social Security

by Kristy Welsh

(Last Updated On: February 26, 2018)

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There is nothing worse than getting scammed doing something that’s supposed to protect you. Unfortunately, that’s what’s happening to people who click on links inside a fake social security email making the rounds these days.

How It Works

As reported by the FTC, you get an email with the subject line “Get Protected.”

The email claims to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Citing the S.A.F.E. Act 2015, the email says the SSA has new features that can better protect you, like:

  • Helping to monitor your credit reports
  • Letting you know if and when your social security number is used without your authorization

Well, it’s all a lie.

If you click on the link that’s asking you to register for these new features, one of two things will happen. You will either:

  1. Be taken to a fake website where you are asked to enter personal information.
  2. Open your computer up to being infected with a virus or spyware.

Either way, the scammers can get access to the personal information they need to steal your identity.

What To Do About It

The SSA will never ask you to register for new features via an unsolicited email like this, so don’t even bother opening it. Or, if you open it before realizing the risk, don’t click on the link. Instead, report it to the FTC by forwarding the email to spam@uce.gov. The FTC also suggests reporting it to your email provider.

This should be the same rule of thumb you use for any unsolicited email, whether it’s from an organization you know or not. If you’re concerned that such an email could be legitimate – especially if it’s from a company you already do business with – contact the company directly using contact information you find yourself.

SSA Features That Are Legit

There is plenty the Social Security Administration can help you with. Find out how to track your earnings and when you should claim your benefits.

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