Social Security Scam
You know the saying: There's a sucker born every minute. Well, there certainly seems to be an e-mail scam born every minute as well.
Here's the latest scam, disclosed by the Social Security Administration: E-mails that appear to come from the agency are sent to "Dear Social Security Number and Card Owner" with the message, "someone illegally is using your Social Security number and assuming your identity." Readers are directed to a Web site that looks like Social Security's. E-mail recipients are then asked to confirm their identities by entering their Social Security numbers and bank information. Credit card data, with expiration date and PIN number, are also requested.
Of course this is a scam. Social Security Commissioner Jo Anne Barnhart says the agency NEVER asks for credit card information or a PIN number. In a statement, Barnhart said she is "outraged that someone would target an unsuspecting public in this manner." But given the proliferation of these scams, she certainly shouldn't be surprised.
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