The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently issued a warning concerning fraud scams targeting the personal information of Social Security beneficiaries.
In the most recent scam, fraudsters steal personal data in order to open up a "mySocialSecurity" account on the SSA website in their victim's name. The identity thieves then redirect their victim's Social Security direct deposit payments to a bank account that the fraudsters control.
The SSA states that, rather than discouraging use of the "my Social Security" online account, beneficiaries should create an account as soon as possible in light of this current scam, even if you don't plan to access benefits ever or until much later in your life. Creating your account now means that an identity thief cannot open an account in your name later.
If you receive a notice that you have opened up a "mySocialSecurity" account and you did not do so, immediately contact the SSA by calling or visiting your local SSA office, or by calling SSA's toll free customer service at 1-800-772-1213 (the TTY number for deaf or hearing-impaired individuals is 1-800-325-0778). Ryder Christ "Nationwide identity theft targets Social Security beneficiaries" www.keyt.com (May 29, 2018).