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Story Submitted: Five Social Security Resources That Can Protect Seniors From Scams (06/07/22)

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. On this day, communities, older people, caregivers, governments, organizations and the private sector come together to prevent abuse and violence against older people.

Social Security scams are prevalent in the United States. Scammers use sophisticated tactics to trick you into providing sensitive information or money. They target everyone – especially the elderly – and their tactics continue to evolve.

Here are five easy-to-use resources to prevent Social Security fraud:

• Visit our Fraud Prevention and Reporting page to learn more about Social Security fraud and how we fight scammers at www.ssa.gov/fraud.

• Read our Scam Alert fact sheet to learn what tactics scammers use and how to protect yourself at www.ssa.gov/fraud/assets/materials/EN-05-10597.pdf.

• Create your own personal my Social Security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount to stay ahead of scammers. Please read our blog post at blog.ssa.gov/my-social-security-what-to-know-about-signing-up-or-signing-in for more information on creating or signing in to your account social security staff. .

• Learn about other types of fraud on our Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) Scam Awareness page at oig.ssa.gov/scam-awareness/scam-alert. You will also see how to report these scams to our OIG and other government agencies.

• Read our blog post on how to protect your Social Security card and protect your personal information at blog.ssa.gov/guard-your-card-protect-whats-important-to-you/.

Please share this information with your friends and family to help spread awareness of scams by Social Security Imposters.