How To Foil The Latest Social Security Scam

For scammers, it's all about the information. Once they have an account number, address or personal identification, they can steal your identity.

When it comes to the latest identity theft scam, the number in question is your Social Security number. Once they have that, the thievery begins.

The latest fraud is simple: Crooks call you up and ask you to "verify" your Social Security number. A lot of swindles operate that way, but here's their script, according to the AARP Fraud Network:

-- A scammer calls from a "323" area code, posing as a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee.

-- In some instances, the scammer tells the victim he or she is "due a cost-of-living adjustment increase in their Social Security benefit."

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