FRAUD ADVISORY: Beware of Phone Calls with Social Security Caller ID

Posted by Haddad Nadworny on Sat, Nov 03, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

 

social_security_logoThe Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about an ongoing caller-ID “spoofing” scheme misusing the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) national customer service phone number.  SSA has received numerous reports of questionable phone calls displaying SSA’s 1-800 number on a caller-ID screen. 

 

The reports indicate the calls display 1-800-772-1213, SSA’s national customer service number, as the incoming number on caller ID.  People who have accepted the calls said the caller identifies as an SSA employee.  In some cases, the caller states that SSA does not have all of the person’s personal information, such as their Social Security number (SSN), on file.  Other callers claim SSA needs additional information so the agency can increase the person’s benefit payment, or that SSA will terminate the person’s benefits if they do not confirm their information.

 

SSA employees do contact citizens by phone for customer-service purposes, and in some situations, an SSA employee may request the citizen confirm personal information over the phone.  However, SSA employees will never threaten you for information or promise a Social Security benefit or approval or increase in exchange for information.”  See the full advisory at the OIG website.

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Tips to Protect Your Personal Information Online

Posted by Haddad Nadworny on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 @ 07:13 AM

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Cybersecurity Tips

Security awareness is the first line of defense against cybercriminals. Follow best practices while browsing the internet, using email, and computing to keep your information safe and secure.

Why should I care?

Cybercriminals and scammers are looking to steal valuable information, money, or damage your computer.

  • 600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked every day worldwide

  • 80% of data thefts occur while the victim is in the workplace

  • 64% of individuals leave their passwords written on their desk
  • 64% of individuals leave their passwords written on their desk

 

Be on the lookout for phishing.

Phishing is attempt to obtain sensitive information, often for malicious reasons, via electronic communication by an individual disguised as a trustworthy entity.  Don’t get hooked!

  • Spammers will try to trick you via email or phone

  • Never click a suspicious link, or give out information

  • Don’t open emails or attachments from strangers

How to spot a phish.

  • Generic greetings such as ‘Hello Bank Customer’

  • Requesting private information such as ‘Please send SSN’

  • Urgent requests such as ‘Your account will be closed’

 

Create a strong password

Your password is easier to hack than you think. Password complexity means an exponential increase in safety.

  1. Begin with a name or phrase you will remember, but not your own, your spouse, or children. Let’s use TV star Hannah Montana.
    • hannah

  2. Add uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters.

    • haNNah0713:)

  3. Consider a passphrase, combining several words.

haNNah0713:) MONtana !$ aw$0M3

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