provided by Published 9:00 am CDT, Friday, November 2, 2018 MoneyTips Do you monitor your Social Security number for any signs of fraudulent use? A new survey suggests you think that you should, but you probably don't. According to the 2018 Capital One Credit Protection and Security Survey, only one in seven Americans uses a service to monitor activity on their Social Security number – but just over half of Americans who don't use a monitoring service think they should use one. Why is Social Security monitoring so important? Your Social Security number is your most important and most often-used identifier. Criminals can use your Social Security number to apply for credit in your name. Without monitoring services, you may not realize your Social Security number has been abused until you're confronted with major unpaid bills and ruined credit. Because of their versatility in identity theft scams, Social Security numbers are highly prized pieces of information. … [Read more...] about Only 1 Out Of 7 Monitors Their Social Security Number Online
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.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........The Social Security scam appears to be alive and well in Albuquerque.Several readers say they got phone calls warning them that their Social Security number was compromised and involved in some sort of unspecified criminal activity. They were told to call the number given for 1) more information and 2) to avoid “disciplinary action.”In some cases, the person is warned that their number had been “suspended” until he or she phones in.ADVERTISEMENTSkipThe Social Security Administration advises not to fall for this “as the unknown source might pressure you to provide your personal information, or to make a payment or purchase for fictitious reasons.”If you have any questions about a strange communication, check it out by contacting Social Security’s … [Read more...] about Social Security shakedown is an old hustle seeking new victims
Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 12:00 PM EDT Sep 27, 2018 Hang up and keep hanging up. Or better yet, just don't answer. Scammers are hitting mobile phones and landlines with all sorts of wacky pitches — including false claims about what you need to do to get a new Medicare card. "The best thing you can do is not answer calls you are not familiar with," said Mark Fetterhoff, a senior program specialist with the AARP Foundation as part of a recent robocall town hall promoted by AARP and the Federal Communications Commission. Even if it looks like a local call, it's probably not. Many times, scammers are engaging in "neighbor spoofing" to make the number look like it's local. Fraudsters can spoof phone numbers easily and change that spoofed number regularly. You're more likely to answer it, if it's a new number, experts said. The robocalls, though, aren't likely to stop. So it's essential to keep up-to-date on the latest … [Read more...] about Medicare, social security scam calls: How to protect yourself
provided by Published 9:00 am CDT, Friday, July 27, 2018 MoneyTips Congratulations! You're the proud parent of a newborn bundle of joy. Many things are swirling through your head right now, especially if this is your first child. Acquiring a Social Security Number (SSN) for your child is probably not near the top of your priority list, and it probably shouldn't be – but don't let a Social Security number slip through the cracks. An SSN provides an important identity reference for your child throughout his or her life, and you may need his or her SSN for tax purposes, medical coverage, and government services. The simplest way to acquire your child's SSN is to fill out a birth registration form. Normally, you will be provided a form at the hospital while the mother is still registered as a patient. Simply check the box on that form requesting a SSN and provide the Social Security number of both parents. If a parental Social Security number is unknown, you may … [Read more...] about How To Get Your Child A Social Security Number
Minnesota is inching forward on a yearslong, major project to beef up security for everyone with a driver’s license, tax form, or Social Security number stored on a state computer. So pretty much all of us. The state needs $10.6 million — and has so for several years — to get it done. It’s gotten $0 from the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton. Members of the Republican-controlled Legislature and Dayton, a Democrat, have blamed each other for what has become, for three years in a row, a casualty of the often-political and acrimonious budget process. RELATED: What’s it like inside Minnesota’s most secure computer room? Meanwhile, MNIT, the state’s information technology agency, has quietly plodded ahead in small steps that began years before, with the hope, officials say, of staying ahead of a successful cyberattack, which could cost taxpayers millions of dollars, as well as untold inconvenience. State computers contain tax forms (including … [Read more...] about Our driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers are on these servers. The state wants to make them safer.