Sunday, March 05, 2006

Identity Theft using Fake SSN Email Request

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New identity theft warning alert for all U.S. consumers,
relating to new phishing email attempts by thieves to
steal
your SSN and bank account information.


"Dear Social Security Number and Card Owner" is how
the email is addressed, which subsequently directs the reader
to a fake web site designed to look like the official one maintained
by the Social Security Administration.

Once directed to the phony web site, the unsuspecting victim is
asked to confirm their identity with:

  • Social security
  • Bank information
  • Credit card number
  • Credit card expiration date
  • Credit card p.i.n. number

The Social Security Administration does NOT request
this type of information over the internet or by
telephone in an unsolicited manner.

If you receive this email or even this type of phone
call without your specific request, do NOT respond
to it at all.

So, our tip for today, is to immediately contact the
Social Security's Office of Inspector General
by calling
call their Hotline at 1-800-269-0271.

(For the deaf or hard of hearing, call the OIG TTY at
1-866-501-2101).

Finally, make sure to let your elderly family members
-or- non internet savvy friend know of this important
alert so that they may too be prepared against identity
theft.

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