‘Cost of Living’ Scam Email Warning from SSA

The Social Security Administration is warning consumers not to fall victim to a new email ID theft scam that seeks to pry personal information using the federal agency’s name and a phony website.

The fake emails with the subject “Cost-of-Living for 2007 update” threaten consumers with the closure of accounts unless they provide updated personal information such as Social Security Number, bank accounts and credit card numbers by November 11, 2006. Consumers are asked to provide the information on a website designed to look like the real Social Security Administration’s website.

Consumers are reminded to never provide your Social Security number or other personal information over the Internet or by telephone unless you are confident the person receiving the information is legitimate.

To report suspicious activity to Social Security Administration, call the Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 or file a fraud report at www.socialsecurity.gov/oig.

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