!WARNING! – – Email Identity Theft Scam – – !WARNING!

Sensei Post in Identity Theft

We’re taking action to warn you about an identity theft e-mail scam. There are e-mail messages being circulated addressed to “Dear Social Security Number and Card Owner” and purporting to be from the Social Security Administration. The message informs the reader “that someone illegally is using your Social Security number and assuming your identity” and directs the reader to a Web site designed to look like the Social Security Administration’s Internet Web site. Once directed to the bogus site, the individual is asked to confirm their identity with “Social Security and bank information.” Specific information about the individual’s credit card number, expiration date and PIN number is then requested. “Whether on our online Web site or by phone, Social Security will never ask you for your credit card information or your PIN number,” said Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security. “I am outraged that someone would target an unsuspecting public in this manner. I have asked the Inspector General to use all the resources at his command to find and prosecute whoever is perpetrating this fraud,” Commissioner Barnhart said. The Social Security Administration reminds all consumers never to provide your Social Security number or other personal information over the Internet, by phone or through the mail unless you’re extremely confident of the source to whom you are providing the information. If you receive this scam e-mail or other suspicious activity, report it to the Social Security’s Office of Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271. (If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call the OIG TTY number at 1-866-501-2101). A Public Fraud Reporting form is also available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/oig.

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