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COLUMBUS, November 21, 2006 | comments

Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-Delaware Co.) is warning consumers to be on the lookout for an Internet scam aimed at Social Security recipients.

“The Social Security Administration has received several reports about a phony email message now circulating that appears to come from the agency,” said Tiberi. “It asks recipients to go to a website, register their names, and then provide sensitive personal data, including their Social Security, bank account and credit card numbers.

“Don’t do it!” Tiberi warned. “Neither the initial email message nor the website are connected in any way to the Social Security Administration. Agency officials say this is a scam, and are trying to get to the bottom of it.

“You should never give out your Social Security number or other personal information over the Internet unless you are absolutely certain about the identity of the recipient and how the information will be used.”

Tiberi says anyone receiving this email or other suspicious messages about Social Security should report them to the agency’s Inspector General at www.socialsecurity.gov/oig.
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