Scammers fake Social Security email
The subject line says “Get Protected,” and the email talks about new features from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can help taxpayers monitor their credit reports, and know about unauthorized use of their Social Security number. It even cites the IRS and the official-sounding “S.A.F.E Act 2015.” It sounds real, but it’s all made-up.
It’s a phishing email to get you to click on a scammer’s link. If you do, a scammer can install malware — like viruses and spyware — on your computer. Or, the link might send you to a spoof site — a lookalike website set up by a scammer to trick you into entering your personal information.
Not sure if an email is really from the government? Here are a couple of clues.
Did the email end up in your junk folder?
If you get a questionable email, don’t click on any links, or open any attachments
If you’re unsure about an email that looks like it’s from the government, contact the agency directly. But find the contact info yourself.
1/19/16, 12:00 AM