Top five fraud and scam prevention tools

by Josh Grant

For New Pittsburgh Courier

 With the right anti-fraud information, you can help protect those you love.  Here are the five most important resources about Social Security scams that you should know about:

  • Find out how to spot fake calls and emails and what to do if you get one on our Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams page at www.ssa.gov/scam.
  • Learn about phone scams and how to report them on our Office of the Inspector General’s Scam Awareness page at oig.ssa.gov/scam.
  • Read about protecting your Social Security number from identity theft at blog.ssa.gov/protecting-your-social-security-number-from-identity-theft.
  • Create your personal my Social Security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount to help you keep track of your records and identify any suspicious activity.
  • Visit our Fraud Prevention and Reporting page at www.ssa.gov/fraud to understand how we combat fraud.

Please share these resources about scams with your friends and family — and help us spread the word on social media.

(Josh Grant is Social Security District Manager in Pittsburgh, PA)

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